January 23, 1980 – Designer Giovanni Michelotti passes away

One of the most accomplished designers of automobiles passed away on this day in 1980. Born in Turin, Italy in 1921, Giovanni Michelotti produced many contributions to the European sports car market. Having designed bodies for Ferrari, Maserati, Standard Triumph and others while working at coachbuilders such as Stabilimenti Farina, Vignale and Carrozzeria Allemano, Michelotti was able to open his own studio in 1959. Throughout his career he would bring an astounding portfolio of cars to the road, including the Ferrari 166, Ferrari 375MM, Maserati 5000 GT, BMW 700, Triumph GT6, Triumph Spitfire, Alfa Romeo 2600, Prince Skyline Sports Coupe and many more. Later in life when asked if he had designed anything other than cars, Michelotti admitted to designing a coffee maker following the end of World War II. Michelotti at right, with Enrico Nardi and the 1960 Plymouth Silver Ray. A one off car built in 1960 on a Nardi chassis, designed by Michelotti and powered by a Plymouth Golden Commando V8.Ferrari 340/375 MM at the 2nd Pescara GP on Aug 16, 1953; starting #28, drivers Mike Hawthorn and Umberto Maglioli would go on to win this race. This is chassis #0320AM.Ferrari 166 Inter Stabilimenti Farina Coupé1973 Triumph GT6 Coupe – Public domain