My Car Quest

February 2, 2023

The Art of Scaglietti

by Mike –

Sergio Scaglietti died on November 20, 2011 at the age of 91. He was a great car designer and coach builder who was inextricably linked to Ferrari and was responsible for the styling of many of Ferrari’s great race cars of the 1950s and 1960s.

He also was a personal friend of Enzo Ferrari and the Ferrari family.

Here are some of his creations.

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Testa Rossa

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Testa Rossa Front

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Testa Rossa Rear

The 1957 Testa Rossa above was sold at the Gooding auction in Monterey in August 2011 for the highest price ever paid at a public auction for any car – $16.4 million.

He did not draw his designs, he hammered the beautiful shapes into aluminum directly from his head. You know he is special when Ferrari names a car in his honor – the 612 Scaglietti.

Ferrari 250 GTO

250 GTO

Ferrari 275 GTB

275 GTB

Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spider

275 GTB NART Spider

The 275 GTB was designed by Pinin Farina but crafted by Scaglietti.

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Testa Rossa

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Testa Rossa - Rear

Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

750 Monza Spider

The pictures of the 1955 750 Monza Spider above and the 1957 500 TRC Spider below are compliments of RM Auctions.

Ferrari  500 TRC Spider

500 TRC Spider

Ferrari Testa Rossa TRC, Bruce Meyer

Ferrari Testa Rossa TRC

The silver 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa TRC above is owned by Bruce Meyer. The blue 1962 GTO and the red 1959 Testa Rossa above were photographed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

For more details about this exceptional man see the New York Times and Veloce Today.

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  1. He was an artist of the first order and we shall miss him!

    • I agree – it is likely we will not see artists like him again. Car design and production is much different now than when Scaglietti was working.

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