Late on Sunday, Ferrari confirmed the passing of its legendary coachbuilding collaborator Sergio Scaglietti. He was 91 years old.

The name Scaglietti is indelibly intertwined with that of Ferrari. You may recognize the name as belonging to the 612 – the twelve-cylinder 2+2 GT that preceded the current FF – but that model was only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it came to the ties that have bound the two icons over the years.

The relationship started when Scaglietti's work, based in the same town of Maranello as Ferrari itself, caught the eye of Enzo Ferrari in the early days of the Scuderia. Scaglietti soon became Ferrari's preferred coachbuilder, and was responsible for the designing and crafting the bodywork on, among others, three of the most valuable collector's cars in the world: the 250 GTO, the 250 GT California and the 250 Testa Rossa.

Legendary for crafting sheetmetal into the most beautiful forms using only his hands and eyes with no blueprints or sketches, Scaglietti eventually sold his outfit to Fiat in the 1960s, and in 1977, it became part of Ferrari's operations. The Scaglietti department continues to craft the bodies for modern-day Ferrari models to this day.
Show full PR text
Scaglietti - an artist from Ferrari

Maranello, 20 November - "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. 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." These are the words of Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo regarding the death of Sergio Scagliett, the legendary Ferrari coachbuilder, who created some of the most famous models from the manufacturer from Maranello, such as the Ferrari California, the 250 Testa Rossa, the 250 GTO and the 750 Monza. Sergio Scaglietti was a real and natural talent who made cars with his hands and with his eyes, as he liked to say.

Soon the Carrozzeria Scaglietti started to collaborate with the Scuderia Ferrari and a great friendship was born between Enzo and Sergio. "He was one of my father's best friends," said Piero Ferrari. "He was next to me with Marco Piccinini also the day my father died and stayed with me the whole night until the funeral. I loved him and he was a very important part of my life. The world is emptier without Sergio".

The Carrozzeria Scaglietti has been an integral part of Ferrari for many years. To underline his unique relationship with the coachbuilder from Modena Chairman Montezemolo dedicated him the 612, the 2+2-seater Berlinetta.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 24 Comments
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Such a shame, but I'd imagine that he had a rich and fulling life. Best wishes to his friends and family, and a heartfelt thanks to the man who brought us some of the most beautiful sheet metal to ever rumble across the earth.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rest in peace, Sergio.
      hman570
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rest in peace Sergio, you deserve a long rest!!
      gwestendor
      • 3 Years Ago
      BRAVO Sergio Scaglietti! He doubtless lived a fulfilling professional and artistic life. His legacy is a great one. BRAVO!
      nine11areforever
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sergio Scaglietti is one of greatest men in the auto industry.
      joynerz
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 612 certainly has the 'dated' tho 'classic' look.
      kent05r
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rest in peace Sergio. And thank God your not an American. You'd be giving 55% of what you made in your life to the Obama Administrations New Inheritance Tax. Change you can count on.
        Daniel Noah
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kent05r
        It must be a lonely and pathetic life you lead when your primary intent of communication is to turn a remembrance of a man who has done far more before even the halfway point of his life, than you will most likely ever accomplish in the entirety of yours, into a directionless political commentary.
      visconti24
      • 3 Years Ago
      The greatness of his impeccable, visionary and flawless work will live on forever. He was one of the two or three people the Commendatore respected in this world but that is not to say that the two men did not fight to put their own individual stamp on the glorious automobiles that they jointly produced. When the Commendatore would say :"We have to see what THEY will say "down the street," he meant to say that Sergio Scaglietti's opinion would have to be obtained and more often than not, what Enzo had to say and what Sergio had to say back ended up in arguments that only Italians can engage in. Some ended in insults, others in threats and all ended in shouts but in hours, the deeply held opinions of the two great men would be accommodated, massaged, and finally molded into metal, and as if by miracle, their Volcanic tempers would be transformed into the most beautiful moving objects of art the world has ever seen.
        Steve Clark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @visconti24
        Beautifully said. Well put. (I hit the "thumbs down" by accident and it won't let me change it. I wanted you to know I didn't intend to "thumbs down" your excellent comment.)
      Ghetto Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah but how many people have died in Ferraris?
        G2 Services, Ltd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ghetto Cat
        Better to die in a Ferrari than just about any other ride.
        visconti24
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ghetto Cat
        Several. But most people who die in automobiles have to settle for death in a Nissan Sentra, Ford Explorer or Mitsubishi Galant.
      mmeg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Your headline is disrespectful. You should not make light of someone dying. What would his family think?
      Richard Owen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Scaglietti did not design the 250 GTO, nor the 250 GT California. That's why they don't carry Scaglietti & C. badges.
        visconti24
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard Owen
        Of course he was not primarily a "designer" in the modern sense, but the owner of an officcina that "dressed" the Ferrari chassis and motors. Enzo was not too interested in the appearance of his cars, so long as they were light and could win races. The other person in this "Holy Trinity" was "Pinin" Farina (who was to have his last name changed by President Giovanni Groncchi to Pininfarina). Farina wanted to and did build automobiles that people could use to go to the opera, that is, civilized. Their fall-outs, horrible fights patched up before dinner, resulted in automobiles designed at the Stabilimenti Pininfarina and built there or built "down the road" in Maranello by Sergio Scaglietti. The 3 became closer as they aged and with the advent of the "Tractor Man," Ferruccio Lamborghini, a man known to the three as "cafone di 'merda," the man who dared tell Enzo that the clutch in his Ferrari was not satisfactory and received the famous answer: "Don't like my car? Go build a better one yourself!"
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Vision>Metal>Art...RIP Sergio.
    • Load More Comments