The most influential car designers in history

9 Jan

Walter de Silva

Walter de Silva began his career at Alfa Romeo in the late 80’s and left important designs such as the Alfa Romeo 145, 156 and 147. But with the change of century he was hired by SEAT and that has conditioned the rest of his career, because today he has remained linked to the Volkswagen Group doing outstanding projects in several of its brands. In SEAT in just five years, he gave life to successful models such as the third generation of the Ibiza, Altea or the second generation of the Lion. Then Audi settled with designs as successful as the Audi A6 (2005), Q7 (2005), R8 (2006) or Audi A5 (2007). Then he went to Volkswagen, doing Polo IV and V, Golf VI, Passat (2010) or up! (2011). He has also done work for Lamborghini as the Miura Concept or the Egoista.

Nuccio Bertone

Bertone is a company with more than a century of history behind it. In 1912, Giovanni Bertone founded a workshop for the construction and repair of carriages in Turin. In 1933 his son Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone joined the family business and dared with the first cars. In the decade of the 50 the family business triumphed with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint and surprised with the BAT 5, 7 and 9. The decade of the 60 was equally productive thanks to the success of the Fiat 850 Spider and the partnership with Lamborghini for the birth of the Miura. The business success was coming in the following years with more sports such as the Lamborghini Countach, the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 or the Lancia Stratos and other more commercial such as the Citroën BX and XM. Nuccio died in 1997 and his company dedicated him the Nuccio Concept.

Marcello Gandini

Marcello Gandini (1938) is another prolific Italian designer who has given us history. Also born in Turin, his dream since he was a child was to work for Bertone. In 1965 Gandini was hired by Nuccio Bertone and was there for 14 very important years. In fact, he is considered the creator of that faithful ‘Bertone style’ that had one of his highest expressions in the Lamborghini Miura. At that time Gandini created interesting models such as the Alfa Romeo Carabo, Lancia Stratos or Fiat X1 / 9. With Lamborghini the relationship is more special, because he also drew the Marzal, Espada, Jarama, Bravo, Countach or Diablo.

Ian Callum

Ian Callum is probably the most reputable designer today. This Scot born in 1954 at 13 years of age has already turned to Jaguar for work. Later he studied Industrial Design and began his career at Ford, where he would leave some mythical models like the RS200. In 1990 he started working for TWR Design, where he set a trend with the design of the Aston Martin DB7, Aston Martin Vanquish or Volvo C70. In 1999 united to Jaguar, that at that time was property of Ford (like Aston Martin). There he has been directing the design of all the models that have been coming out to the present. He is the father of the Jaguar XK, XF and XJ; as well as the sporty F-Type and the SUV, F-Pace and E-Pace. One of his most passionate designs of recent times is the Jaguar C-X75, the prototype that appeared in the James Bond film, Specter.