Gandini and Lamborghini are two inseparable entities, and together they have developed authentic style legends, including the Miura, the Countach and the Diablo, but there have been some hiccups along the way. Luigi Marmiroli pays homage to the extraordinary Turin-based designer
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When I met Marcello for the first time, the name Gandini “still” rhymed with Lamborghini. Marcello Gandini, the historical father of the Lamborghini style, began working with the manufacturer from Sant’Agata Bolognese a few years after it was founded by Ferruccio. He joined the staff at Carrozzeria Bertone in Turin as a young man, and designed their first flagship car: the Miura. Then, after moving on to the legendary Countach, he reached the Diablo and some of its many versions.
Then - and here we take a leap to our times - for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Countach, Automobili Lamborghini launched the new Countach LPI - 800 - 4 on the market. To many, the car seemed more the result of a commercial operation than a celebration car. And the main critic was Marcello Gandini himself, the father of the original model. As explained by the managers of Lamborghini, not only he was not involved in the project, but he was also rather disappointed with the result.
As the media told, Gandini stated that “his” Lamborghinis were based on different concepts, and for him this new Countach was the denial of the founding principles of his DNA as a designer. I have no idea how the disagreement ended, but I think that from that day on, after exactly 50 years of cooperation, Gandini no longer rhymes with Lamborghini…
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