My granddad, Pistuzòn, witnessed the birth of one of Sergio Scaglietti’s great masterpieces. And here’s the story…
I was told this story by my grandfather, Pistunzòn, and I’m very proud that the editor-in-chief has asked me to pass it on. When I was only a boy, my granddad used to tell me stories to help me learn about my future profession. You really have to be on the ball here in Maranello, as they say.
One of my favourite stories was about how Sergio Scaglietti came to produce the amazing Ferrari GTO. My grandfather witnessed it all because, in those days, cars were different to now. Back then, they made the chassis, fitted the engine, suspensions, brakes and all the rest first. Then there was the dash, the steering wheel and the driver’s seat. Basically, you could drive a completely naked, skeleton of a car. My grandfather was in the engine mounted on one of the motorised chassis sent off to Sergio Scaglietti to be bodied. It was to be a competition GT: low, aerodynamic but capable of being used on the road too.
When I asked him how Scaglietti made the body, his answered sounded completely far-fetched: “He didn’t use any designs. He just took some iron wire and bent it into the shapes from the nose to the tail and from one side to the other. He took into account the clearance room they’d need for whoever was at the wheel and the extent the wheels and the carburettor intake trumpets stuck out. “Basically,” continued granddad, “he designed it three-dimensionally, by creating this sort of cage that showed what the volumes were. He then took the sheets of aluminium and literally beat them into curves over sacks of sand until he got the right shape. And that’s how the GTO came into being: bit by bit. It was an instant stunner. And I was very proud of it too…”