Giovanni Michelotti, a most accomplished automotive designer, passed away on this day in 1980. Born in Turin, Italy in 1921, Giovanni would make incredible contributions to the European sports car market while working at coachbuilders such as Stabilimenti Farina, Vignale and Carrozzeria Allemano. In 1959 he opened his own design house, allowing him ultimate freedom of expression while working with brands such as Ferrari, Maserati, and Triumph.
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. It can only be assumed it made for one hot cup of java.
Cover: 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.