• Jan 15, 2009
AutoWeek is confirming rumors that Ford GT designer, Camilo Pardo, is parting ways with Ford after a 24-year relationship. While no details were disclosed, Pardo confirmed he is leaving the Blue Oval and said the specifics are still being ironed out. Pardo is probably best known for designing the GT40 concept car which spawned the production Ford GT.

While employed at Ford's advance design studio, Pardo also worked on the Thunderbird and the Lincoln LS among other things. It's rumored that he hasn't done much vehicle design work for Ford recently, being relegated to smaller tasks such as side view mirror shaping. Such a pity, although we have no doubt that this talented artist and designer will land on his feet in short order. We had a brief meeting with Camilo during last year's Ford GT National Rally II and you can scope out the images from that day in the gallery below.


[Source: Automotive News, sub. req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember seeing him unveil the yellow GT40 at Ford Carlisle. He almost drove it into the concrete wall of the building it was being displayed in. As he turned the corner while exiting the building, the passenger door came perilously close to scraping the garage door wall. The Ford guy helping him was waiving his arms frantically and yelling "No NO NO!!!"
        • 6 Years Ago
        So WTF is the point to that story? Pardo was a DESIGNER...

        ... not the engineering/ R&D Test DRIVER!

        I've fixed many NAIAS concept vehicles that had an "oops!" navigating through COBO loading docks, media crowds, & ramps/ stages of auto displays.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche will be chasing him to do design now, I guess. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah Scott, Great Point.
      He helped to tweaked the design some thats about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      such a pitty. i hate pitties.
      dito on the GT not involving much "design" at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Pardo is a great designer but his ideas conflict with other designers at ford studio since his view on design are different. He is more interested in fashion. To all those people that don't give him credit for the ford GT, well let me tell you that I have seen tons of replicas of the gt40 and none of them are even close to what pardo came up with. The ford GT he redesign is one beautiful car that will go into history just like the original. I like designing cars myself, I don't have a website but I do know how hard it is to design or redesign something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well they won't make another one so what options does he have?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good Riddance! Take J Mays with you!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Car design is just one of his talents. I've had the good fortune to attend one of his private fashion/art shows and it was absolutely amazing. He's an incredibly talented designer and to link him solely with the GT40 serves to diminish rather than expand his design credentials. If you think he's "only" done the GT40, you owe it to yourself to get to know his work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks Capt. Obvious.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, that was Larry Erickson.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fact: No ONE designer does a car like the Mustang. The GT(40) update was different due to its smaller numbers. Assigning one designer/ manager insures one specific & strong theme being executed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay, so the Ford GT was 99% the original GT40, but you have to give him credit for the Lincoln LS. It was a totally orig.... never mind.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL at all idiots brushing Camilo's work off. You people know nothing about design. It is not an easy task to redesign a classic car like the original GT. The fact that the new one resembles the classic was probably more a decision made by corporate than the designer himself. His responsibility was the execution and he did that flawlessly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm guessing he didn't do enough a** kissing, cuz in a big OEM transportation firm thats what it takes. I "left" one company because my boss was such a douche he was watching me come in 5 min late every now and then and actually wrote me up to HR for it.

      Get the wrong boss in an OEM and it doesn't matter how good you are - your projects and their outcome are dictated to you.

      On the other hand, leaving that Dbag and his company bumped me up $ and responsiblity wise far faster than staying would've. You can shorten a career rise to a few years instead of a decade this way, and keep your soul.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He didn't "kiss enough a$$..."??? He worked at Ford Design for almost a QUARTER CENTURY & was assigned some pretty high profile projects.

        I don't think Camilo had issues kissing up to his bosses if you review his resume.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only person that thinks the Lincoln LS was a handsome, attractive car, especially in Black? I wouldn't mid a 2003+ Lincoln LS V8
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was always a fan of the LS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If a car looks best in black, (or white) its probably not a good looking car. Black hides the shadow lines, white hides the highlights.
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