Italy has given the automotive world many legends and icons whose significance is beyond mere words. From iconic manufacturers, to legendary vehicles, chance is your dream company; car and motorcycle, all will hail from Italy. The country has also given the world great design gurus as well as design houses that sculpt art in every form of their creativity. One such design house that has been creating absolute automotive art for almost six decades is Italdesign. Officially known as Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A, is a design and engineering company based in Moncalieri, Italy. Founded by one of the greatest designers of all time, Giorgetto Giugiaro along with Aldo Mantovani, the company has given form to some of the most visually stunning machines ever created. Since their beginnings in 1968 with cars like the Abarth 1600GT Concept and the production Alfa Romeo Alfasud in 1971 here are some of the company’s greatest hits, concept and production in the last four decades.
Styled by Italdesign, the Abarth 1600 GT Coupé was a 2 door coupé with a rear mounted engine. The engine was a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated, DOHC, 4 cylinder unit producing 145 bhp. The design looked clean with a large rear glasshouse that enveloped the engine. The pointed bonnet flowed downward from above the front wheels. The car with its thin A & B pillars had ample glass area making it look airy. In all, this 674kg kerb car could achieve 240kmph and looked stunning while doing it.
Alfa Romeo Brera:
In 2005 Italdesign created what we reckon is among the most stunning coupe ever designed. The Alfa Romeo Brera was an absolute showstopper; its angry Italian looks brought new sexy design to the Italian brand. The stunning coupé shared its design elements with the 159 saloon and 8C Competizione. Italdesign used sharp lines and large rear to create this head-turner on the road. Unsurprisingly it was a big hit with Alfa fans.
As far as legends go, the BMW M1 has earned a mythical status. And a lot of it has to go to the way M1 was designed by Italdesign. Sharp, mean, aggressive and sporty, the BMW M1 is till date the only BMW supercar. Though there is a lot we can talk about this car, all we can say here is that the M1 was absolutely stunning. Just have a look at the picture below to understand what we mean.
Italdesign and Ferrari created the GG50 concept to celebrate 50 years during which Giorgetto Giugiaro had been designing cars. It was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2005. The GG50 shared most of the design elements from the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. However, some touches like the steering wheel was derived from Ferrari’s F1 vehicles of the past. It was a special Ferrari designed as on ode to a very special designer, need we say more?
Ford Mustang by Giugiaro:
It was a meeting of two giants, an American legend and an Italian master. The Ford Mustang has always been the poster boy of raw brutal power and icoic appearance. Unveiled as a concept at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show, this Italdesign project was handled by Fabrizio Giugiaro, Giorgetto’s son. Adding an Italian flair to an all American legends was a brave, almost blasphemous if not un-thought off idea. However, the nd result, as you can see below, was nothing less than spectacular. Are we the only ones, or the latest generation Mustangs does look a lot like this ‘Italian’ Mustang?
A supercar that was never to be, the Lamborghini Calà should have been the replacement for the Jalpa. It was designed by Italdesign and as you can see, it had every Lamborghini attribute to it. The car looked mean, fast and authentically anti-social; however, multiple ownership changes meant it never saw production. Interestingly, in 1997 Need for Speed II and Need for Speed II SE games did feature this great concept.
The Maserati Boomerang was exactly how its name sounded. It was unsual, futuristic and absolutely stunning. The car was designed by the Italdesign boss man himself and was unveiled as a show car in 1971. Intended just for auto shows, the car did not have and engine or any running-gear. However, Maserati engineers plonked in a street-legal 310-hp 4.7-liter V-8 out of the Maserati Bora and made it all work. The design was well received and also became a base for many of Giorgetto’s future designs.
The silver Italdesign concept became the Lotus Esprit when it was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1972 as a concept car. The concept was based upon a stretched Lotus Europa chassis. With the Espirit, Giorgetto started off with his polygonal “folded paper” designs. Over time, the Espirit became one of the most respected Lotus cars.
We can simply say that the Maserati MC12 is probably among the most gorgeous cars ever designed and move ahead. But the thing is, this designed beauty of epic proportions was not just a looker, it went just as fast. The car was based on Ferrari Enzo’s chassis, but was faster, better looking and overall a much more stunning design. The Maserati MC12 will forever be among the greatest poster boy’s of automotive world.
This is one car made immortal by the legendary Movie series, back to the Future. The Italdesign DeLorean DMC-12 was one of the cars that followed the same design philosophy of the Maserati Boomerang concept with its sharp angles and wedge shape. The car features gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass chassis and underbody structure, along with a brushed stainless steel body. And when suitably modified, it also became a time machine, smooth.
For 2016, Italdesign has revealed an all new electric drive concept, GTZero. Seems Italians did not like how the future electric cars have been turning out of the design studious. SO they made this, utterly gorgeous example of electric motors on four wheels.