Sergio Scaglietti, the legendary Ferrari designer and coach builder passed away at the age of 91 at his home in Modena, Italy on the 20th of November 2011. The name Scaglietti has been permanently stitched as a part of Ferrari's design DNA with the birth of some of the most valuable collector's cars in the world, such as the Ferrari 250 GTO, the 250 GT California, the 250 Monza and the 250 Testa Rossa. He is even honored with a few cars named after him such as the 612 Scaglietti and the 456 GT Scaglietti.
He was most notably famous for making cars using his hands and eyes, instead of relying on pencil and paper- sculpting and fashioning magnificent designs from aluminum. In an official statement, Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezeolo said, “Today is a sad day for Ferrari. We lost a friend, a travel companion, a man who had his name forever connected to the Prancing Horse. Sergio Scaglietti leaves behind the legacy of an artist who, with his talent created some of the most beautiful cars of our history. Those who had the luck to know him like I did will also remember him as a straightforward and honest man, completely dedicated to his work. We will miss him.”
The Italian designer founded Carrozzeria Scaglietti- an automobile design and coach building company in 1951 along with his elder brother and another employee. Here, he worked on repairing a number of race cars for Ferrari's clientele as well as Enzo. Soon after that, Enzo Ferrari took note of the talented designer and hired Scaglietti to build a new chassis. And from then on, began the legendary Scaglietti-Ferrari relationship.