Marcello Gandini: Maestro of Design
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Gautam Sen

Marcello Gandini: Maestro of Design by Gautam Sen
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Photo in The Daily Telegraph Magazine special on the ’67 London Motor Show, of Nuccio Bertone and a very young Marcello Gandini, checking out the scale model of the Pirana. (ARCHIVES PIERO STROPA)

That Marcello Gandini is one of the greatest of automobile designers ever has never been disputed, and whether he is the greatest ever, only time and the directions automobile design takes, will tell. But there is no doubting Marcello Gandini’s immense impact on automobile design in the last four decades of the 20th century that still remains valid well into the 21st century. From the Lamborghini Miura to the Maserati Quattroporte IV, from the humble Innocenti Mini to the epic Cizeta V16T, Marcello Gandini has designed some of the most epochal of all automobiles. Iconic cars like the first-generation BMW 5 Series, the Audi 50/VW Polo, the Fiat X1/9, the Lamborghini Countach and the Diablo, the Lancia Stratos, the Renault Magnum super truck, and many others have all flowed from his stylistic pen.

Designing automobiles that really defined the late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, even the 1990s, Marcello Gandini is, arguably, the one man who had the greatest impact, the one who changed automotive design the most. A book on him and his design is long overdue. Finally, one is here…

  • 2 Volume set
  • 400 pages in each volume
  • 924 images (449 Volume I and 475 Volume II) - many never seen before!
  • Over one hundred of Gandini's designs featured
  • 600 regular editions, 400 numbered and signed by both Marcello Gandini and Gautam Sen and a limited number of leather bound editions now available.
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Author Biography

Internationally acknowledged as the leading automotive journalist and writer in India, having founded the country’s first newsstand car magazine Indian Auto in 1986, Gautam Sen also launched Auto India in 1993, which became India’s best-selling car magazine ever. Later he also launched the Indian editions of auto motor and sport and BBC’s TopGear magazine. Since 2007 Sen has been back in the driver’s seat at Auto India and has been dividing his time between Paris, where his family lives, and Mumbai.

Though less publicized, Sen has also been directly involved with the automobile industry in India and Europe, beginning with his first automotive job at Maruti Udyog Limited, India’s leading carmaker, and then subsequently consulting at various levels in the areas of technology, design, product development, marketing and joint ventures, and in the process, interacting with the likes of Hero Motors, Hindustan Motors, Ideal Jawa, Mahindra & Mahindra, San Motors, Tata Motors, and TVS-Suzuki. Sen also lead the design and development of India’s first sports car, the San Storm.

Whilst working on design and development projects, Sen has worked with eminent designers such as Gerard Godfroy, Tom Tjaarda and Marcello Gandini.

Sen has authored several critically acclaimed books on automobiles: The Maharajas & Their Magnificent Motor Cars (published in French by E.T.A.I., in English by Haynes Publishing and in German by Heel), The Car Design Book, Rolls-Royce 17EX A Fabulous Destiny, and A Million Cars for a Billion People, other than co-authoring The Story of the Star in India and The Royal Udaipur RR GLK 21.

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Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review »

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5 of 5 Marcello Gandini February 4, 2021
Reviewer: James Henderson from Strathmore, VIC Australia  
An excellent book that arrived in excellent condition.
The book displays and describes Gandini's work in chronological order. It contains hundreds of photos of all his production vehicle and Show Special designs. In the category of Show Specials, Gandini was the undisputed leader during automotive's most breathtaking era. Some examples include Marzal, Carabo, Stratos Zero and Countach LP500.

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5 of 5 The Master Book for the Maestro March 10, 2018
Reviewer: federico de franceschi from ANCONA, AN Italy  
Excellent collection of the Masterpiece designed by Marcello Gandini, together with Scaglione one of my favourite car designer of all times and "father" of my beloved Montreal. Plenty of pictures and texts, it's a "must have" for any car enthusiast. Don't miss it !

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3 of 5 Interesting photos October 7, 2016
Reviewer: Shin from Tokyo Japan  
I enjoyed interesting images. a few of them are very rare. But, the book is too heavy. They should edit the book with less pages.
The descriptioms are avarage.

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5 of 5 GANDINI - Master of Design October 7, 2016
Reviewer: Branko Radovinovic from Zurich, Zurich Switzerland  
a) Book:
Regards the the FIRST and ONLY book on GANDINI: I was simply astonished! What a wonderful concept of a book. Fantastic quality of printing and binding. Very nice layout. Uncerdible interesting text - I will need at least a week holidays do read it in peace. And this page by page.
The pictures are of a stunning quality, although many are old. Everything is so intersting to read as it is so fresh and many facts weren't know before this book was produced. A dream come true for all the car design history enthusiasts worldwide. No question this book will be THE reference regards GANDINI and a huge success.
On every page one feels the passion of all who were involved in this project.

b) Service:
Very fast delivery, well packed. Service of Dalton Watson is 100% perfect.

c) Summary:
This book is really very well done - from A-Z.
You won't be disappointed.

But now I must go back to the book. 800 pages are waiting to be read...

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5 of 5 Gandini book September 25, 2016
Reviewer: jm2 from Bloomfield Hills, MI United States  
absolutely spectacular book about the career of one of the true design legends of our time. Very well presented, with multiple photos, it chronicles the carrier of Gandini following him from a young designer to today.
Higly recommended.

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