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Car design legend Marcello Gandini dies at 85

Marcello Gandini with Lamborghini Miura
Marcello Gandini with Lamborghini Miura

Gandini made a name for himself working for Bertone in the 1960s, penning the Lamborghini Miura

Legendary car designer Marcello Gandini, who shaped some of the best known and most revered Italian cars of all time, has died at the age of 85.

The Turin native, widely recognised as one of the most prolific and influential car designers of his era, made a name for himself in the mid-1960s while working for the storied Bertone design house, where he was responsible for such icons as the Lamborghini Miura, Lancia Stratos and Ferrari 308/GT4 - Maranello's only Bertone-designed car.

Gandini's rise to prominence began when he replaced Giorgetto Giugiaro at the Italian firm in 1965. One of his earliest works there was a two-seat, drop-top reworking of the Porsche 911 that never made production, and an imposing luxury coupé based on the Jaguar S-Type followed soon after.

Arguably his best-known creation was the Lamborghini Countach, which is defined by its aero-optimised, wedge-shaped silhouette - a Gandini hallmark that has come to be emblematic of experimental car design in the 1970s and 1980s and which still has a huge influence today.