Sergio Scaglietti, the man behind Carozzeria Scaglietti and many pieces of Ferrari body work, died yesterday in Italy. He was 91.
“Today is a sad day for Ferrari,” company chairman Luca di Montezemolo said in a statement. “[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.”
In 1951, Scaglietti founded his eponymous firm near Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, but had formed close ties to Enzo Ferrari years before. Ferrari appointed Scaglietti an official factory-recognized coachbuilder in 1954, which bolstered Sergio’s operations in the 1950s and 1960s. The company bodied a number of Ferrari’s most famous racing creations, including the 250 Testa Rossa and 250 GTO, along with the 750 Monza.
After Fiat purchased a sizable stake in Ferrari, Scaglietti sold his company to the Italian auto giant. As a result, Carrozzeria Scaglietti essentially became Ferrari’s in-house coachbuilder, and built bodywork for vehicles including the 246 Dino, 365 GTB/4 Daytona, and 365 GT4 BB, among others.
The coachbuilder’s influence has been immortalized in modern Ferraris by the 612 Scaglietti, an all-aluminum four-seater, which packs a 540-hp, 5.8-liter V-12 engine. The name Carrozzeria Scaglietti also lives on, as it is used for Ferrari’s new car personalization program.