Legendary Ferrari designer and coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti passed away at the age of 91 late yesterday at his home in Modena, Italy.
While in the modern era his name was attached to the Pininfarina-designed 612 Scaglietti
, named in honor of his valued contribution to Ferrari throughout the years, Scaglietti will most likely be remembered for cars he penned like the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and 250 Monza, and even the Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti Coupe of 1958.
Most notably, Scaglietti wasn't a man who relied on pencil and paper to create his magnificent designs: he worked like a sculptor, fashioning their forms from aluminum. So perhaps his lasting legacy is Ferrari’s strong belief
in the advantages of aluminum construction despite the strong movement of most rivals towards carbon fiber.
In an official statement, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo said: "Today is a sad day for Ferrari. We lost a friend, a travel companion, a man who had his name forever connected to the Prancing Horse. Sergio Scaglietti leaves behind the legacy of an artist who, with his talent, created some of the most beautiful cars of our history. [Those who] had the luck to know him like I did will also remember him as a straightforward and honest man, completely dedicated to his work. We will miss him."
Working in Modena right at the start of Enzo Ferrari's great adventure, Sergio Scaglietti bodied some of the most beautiful cars ever to emerge from Maranello’s most famous factory. The history of his connection with Ferrari, and its founder Enzo Ferrari, is certainly worth a read.
Working in a Modenese garage by the age of 13, Scaglietti eventually opened his own workshop together with his brother opposite Ferrari's Scuderia factory by the time he was 17. Here he worked on repairing a number of race cars for Ferrari’s clientele as well as Enzo. During the 1950s Enzo was so impressed with Scaglietti’s work that he hired him to build a new chassis for his fledgling company. And the rest, as they say, is history.