The most influential car designers in history (part2)

21 Dec

We continue to talk about the designers of cars, whose work has had the greatest impact on the automotive world.

Giorgetto Giugaro

Giorgetto Giugaro is another name in the design of automobiles. This Italian was named in 1999 as “Car Designer of the Century” (best designer of the century) and it is not surprising due to his great work. His career began to stand out in the 70s with the creation of his own design studio, called Italdesign Giugaro, which he continues to practice at present, although under the umbrella of the Volkswagen Group. In the Giugaro curriculum you can find around 200 cars, some of great importance. Some of the most famous are the BMW M1, De Tomaso Mangusta, DeLorean DMC-12, Iso Grifo, Lotus Esprit or Maserati Bora; exotic and revolutionary models in design. But he has also put the lines to some of the best-selling cars such as the Audi 80 (1978), Fiat Panda (1980), SEAT Ibiza (1984), SEAT León (1999) or Volkswagen Golf (1974).

Malcolm Sayer

Malcolm Sayer may not be so well known because his career developed during the first half of the 20th century. This British engineer began his career in the aeronautical industry and then stepped to the four wheels of Jaguar. He arrived in this brand in 1951 and there was until the 1970, suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 53 years. Even so, his legacy was of incalculable value. For him, the aerodynamics had a fundamental role and this was reflected in his designs. These include the Jaguar C-Type (successor of the XK120), the Jaguar D-Type (winner in Le Mans in the 50s) or Jaguar E-Type (considered one of the most beautiful cars of all time and one of the six exposed in MoMa). He was also the father of the Jaguar XJ13 and Jaguar XJS (he left after his death). Recently his name has been put to a futuristic steering wheel of the brand.

Chris Bangle

The name of Chris Bangle in the world of design has always been linked to a certain controversy. But his contribution is undoubted, being behind a few revolutionary designs that remain even today in some way. This American began his career in Opel (where he was between 1981 and 1985) and then made the leap to Fiat, where he made some models as the second generation of the Fiat Panda or the Fiat Coupé.

But in 1992 came the change that would mark his career. He signed for BMW, the brand of which he was Head of Design until 2009 and which he managed to put at the head of sales of premium vehicles (beating Mercedes). In fact it was the driver of the change of design language and we could say that the current cars still have much influence of Bangle. He has been the father of the BMW 3 Series (E46), Series 7 (E65), Series 5 (E60), Series 6 (E63, E64), Series 1 (E81); as well as the majority of SUVs (X3, X5 and X6).