10 Dynamic Vehicle Designs by Automotive Legend Marcello Gandini


In today’s video, we celebrate some of the
coolest-looking designs by famous Italian car designer Marcello Gandini. Gandini boasts one of the most impressive
client lists in car design history, having worked for the likes of Alfa Romeo, BMW, Bugatti,
Renault, Ferrari, Lancia, Fiat, Lamborghini, and many, many, more. Number Ten The Lamborghini Miura, a famous car that brings
with it style, speed, and also a healthy dose of controversy. Ferruccio Lamborghini tasked Bertone with
the designing of the Miura, with Marcello Gandini replacing Giugiario at the company
part way through the creation phase. Giugiario claims that Gandini simply took
his sketches, which were 70% complete, and finished the job, while Gandini is adamant
the design is his, with no influence from his predecessor. Either way, the Miura has gone down in history
as one of the most iconic and game-changing sports cars of all time. The Miura was produced between 1966 and 1973,
with 475 units produced before it was developed into the Miura S and then SV. A central V12 engine, top speeds of 174 miles
per hour, and naught to sixty in just 6.7 seconds, the Miura set new standards in its
time. The sleek body and unbelievable performance
will go down in history for many years to come. Miuras can now be picked up for just under
$400,000. Number Nine From one Lambo to another, the Marzal is the
first concept car designed by Gandini on our list. You certainly won’t forget the unique design
once you set your eyes on it, with the glazed gullwing doors being a particularly eye-catching
feature of the Marzal. Lamborghini is known for their extravagance,
and the Marzal perhaps encapsulates this ideology in one crazy but incredible design. However, the Marzal is much more than a fashion
statement, as the straight six-cylinder car could still reach top speeds of 118 miles
per hour. The chassis was based on the classic Miura
and the new design used what was essentially half a Lamborghini V12 engine. Unfortunately, despite the popularity of the
Marzal to this day, it was only a one-off design by Gandini and was sold in 2011 in
an auction held by RM Sotheby for over $1.7 million. Number Eight The second concept car to grace our list,
the Autobianchi Runabout first debuted in 1969 at the Turin Motor Show. Gandini modeled the car on 1960’s speed
boats, which you can tell clearly by the racing shape of the body and windscreen, as well
as a lack of car doors, as well as the white and red color scheme. The Runabout used the engine from a Fiat 128,
but Gandini decided to shift it directly in front of the rear axle for a different mid-engine
layout. This left a sporty dimension with an ideal
weight balance, although, the car was never intended for production. Instead, it functioned as a fully-working
and testable concept design, reaching a top speed of 84 miles per hour, and naught to
sixty in 17 seconds. Number Seven The Lancia Stratos HF, affectionately known
as simply the Lancia Stratos. Unleashed to the world in 1973, production
ran until 1978, with the impressive and iconic machine winning the World Rally Championship
three times in this period. At the point of design, Bertone had no previous
business with Lancia, but with the manufacturer needing a replacement for the then aging Fulvia,
Gandini would once again be the man for the job. The task was to create a rally sports superstar,
and Marcello did not disappoint. It was powered by a mid-mounted Dino Ferrari
V6, with the road version reaching top speeds of 144 miles per hour, with naught to sixty
in just 6.8 seconds. In 2017, a lightly used Stratos sold for $475,000. Number Six You will have to go a long way to find a better-looking
car than the Lancia Stratos HF Zero. We have already covered the Lancia Stratos,
but the Zero was actually the first taste of the famous Gandini design. The Stratos Zero was the fully-working prototype
for the successful rally car and was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1970. The whole shape of the Zero evokes thoughts
of speed, aerodynamics, and precision, with its sharp edges, and sleek design. The Zero was powered by a 1.6-liter V4 engine,
which could be viewed by lifting an incredible triangular metal engine cover. Talking of lift-top, the driver would actually
have to lift up the entire windscreen to gain access to the vehicle, only adding to the
marvel. The Zero was fully restored in 2000 and was
sold for over $800,000 at an RM Sotheby auction. Number Five One of Gandini’s most famous designs, the
Lamborghini Countach has transcended time in its evergreen popularity among car fanatics. Produced by Lambo between 1974 and 1990, the
mesmerizing design was rather out there for its time. Design duties once again fell on Bertone and
Gandini with this iconic project, as Marcello repeated his sharp-edged Italian wedge design
first seen in the Lancia Stratos HF Zero. And the Countach wasn’t just pretty to look
at, it was Lamborghini through and through, with the 5-liter V12 helping it to reach a
startling 195 miles per hour, naught to sixty in just 6.8 seconds. A Countach could now set you back around $500,000. Number Four Most people will know Bugatti from their household
name supercar, the Veyron, but in the 1990s they unveiled the EB110. It was first launched in 1991, exactly 110
years after the birth of the Ettore Bugatti, hence the name. Bugatti produced the EB100 until 1995, and
once again a certain Marcello Gandini had a hand in its success. While Giampaolo Benedini handled the final
designs, Gandini was the designer behind the prototypes and the bodywork. The finished supercar featured a quad-turbocharged
V12 engine, as well as the world’s first carbon fiber chassis, making the EB110 a real
game changer. A 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT was sold at an RM
Sotheby auction for just under $1 million in 2018. Number Three Yet another concept car created under the
watchful eye of Bertone and Gandini, the Lancia Sibilo is certainly a feast for the eyes. It was based on the Lancia Stratos, but with
one key difference in the body, it was a whole four inches longer. Debuting at the Turin Auto Show in 1978, feedback
on the car was largely surrounding its rather odd dark brown paint job. This was later changed to a lighter shade
of the color. Looking like a sci-fi alien spaceship, the
Sibilo was even a bit mad for its time and sold for just under $100,000 at an RM Sotheby
auction in 2011. Number Two Another of Gandini’s iconic sharp wedge
designs, the Alfa Romeo Carabo was again designed under the Bertone design studio roof. The Carabo championed the use of wedge design
in a time when it wasn’t the go-to look, with other designers preferring smooth bodies. Unveiled in 1968, the Carabo was only a concept
car, but it paved the way for a different way of designing for the foreseeable future. It could also reach speeds of around 155 miles
per hour, using a mid-mounted two-liter V8 engine. Number One A rather different looking vehicle rounds
off our list, far from the wedge designs seen in the Carabo and Countach. The R5 Turbo launched at the Brussels Motor
Show in 1980 and was primarily designed with rallying in mind. Marc Deschamps is credited with the overall
design for the car, but Marcello Gandini designed the back end of the Renault 5 Turbo. It featured a 1,397 cc mid-mounted engine
from the Renault 5 Alpine hot hatch. Production ran until 1986. An R5 Turbo sold at an RM Sotheby auction
for over $100,000 in 2017. So, there we have it, ten mesmerizing designs
by the genius that is Marcello Gandini. Designs that, despite being rolled out decades
ago, are still being talked about with just as much acclaim today.