Carrozzeria Scaglietti was an Italian automobile design and coachbuilding firm in the 1950s. It was founded by Sergio Scaglietti in 1951 as an automobile repair concern, but was located across the road from Ferrari in Maranello outside Modena, Italy.
Scaglietti gained Enzo Ferrari's trust and respect both through his bodywork and design skills and for providing a retreat for Dino Ferrari as a youth. Scaglietti is credited with the "headrest" bump present on most racing Ferraris of the 1950s and 1960s, a design at first despised by Enzo but championed by Dino. The company's 1958 250 Testa Rossa, with its Formula One-inspired pontoon fenders, is one of the most famous designs of the time.
Some famous Ferrari designs by Scaglietti include:
- 1954 375 MM the "Ingrid Bergman car", commissioned by Roberto Rossellini for the actress (also his wife).
- 1957 250 California Spider
- 1958 250 Testa Rossa
- 1962 250 GTO
1959 Scaglietti Corvette
1 of only 3 alloy bodied Corvettes ever built. Conceived by Carroll Shelby and Gary Laughlin, and based on a brand new '59 Corvette Fuel Injection chassis, and 4 speed drive train. The process took almost 3 years, and was finally delivered with the 315hp engine available in '61. This is the first one built, and the only one completed in Italy, and shipped back to the US. The other two had dual four barrels, and automatics, and were shipped back incomplete. The alloy body, a copy of Ferrari's famed Tour de France, trimmed 400 lbs off the weight, and made a significant difference in the power to weight ratio. Very fast, and very nicely balanced.
1959 Scaglietti Corvette Source
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