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Famed Lamborghini engineer Paolo Stanzani dead at 81


Famed engineer Paolo Stanzani: From Miura to Countach | Lamborghini photo

Paolo Stanzani, a mechanical engineer and one of the fathers of the Lamborghini Miura, died Wednesday at the age of 81.

With Giampaolo Dallara and designer Marcello Gandini, Stanzani created not only the revolutionary Miura in 1966 but subsequent Lamborghini vehicles, including the Countach.

“His vision, his creative genius and innovative approach to projects are still a source of inspiration for Lamborghini,” the automaker said in announcing Stanzani’s death.

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Stanzani was born in Bologna, Italy, on July 20, 1936. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Bologna and went to work for Ferruccio Lamborghini in September, 1963, as Dallara’s assistant. His initial duties were in dimensional-structural engineering in the testing department and in working with coachbuilders including Touring, Bertone, Marazzi, Zagato and Silat.

Four years later he was promoted to replace Dallara as general manager and technical director of Automobili Lamborghini.

In addition to the Miura and Countach, Stanzani played key roles in the creation of vehicles including the Espada, Jarama, Miura S and SV and Urraco.

After leaving Lamborghini, Stanzani was helped in the development of the Bugatti EB110 and in Formula One racing with Minardi. Later he became involved in producing energy from renewable resources.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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