A dozen Italian cars will appear on the lawn at Waddesdon Manor this July to celebrate the life of one of the country’s pioneers in the automobile industry.
Sergio Scaglietti, who died at the age of 91 in 2011, founded the Carrozzeria Scaglietti as a design and coachbuilding company in the 1950s.
His business was located a stone’s throw away from where Ferrari was based in Maranello, with Sergio Scaglietti and Enzo Ferrari forming a friendship, which saw the former modify and repair many of Ferrari’s cars.
The bodywork of numerous Ferraris is based on Scaglietti’s work throughout the 1950s and 1960s, with models such as the Ferrari 312S/412 S, the Ferrari 376 S, and the Ferrari 275 being just some of the cars that were modified through Scaglietti’s craftsmanship.
Event Director Paul Mathers said: “When one thinks of Italian coach builders, many iconic names come to mind, but when one considers Italy’s most collectable marque, one carrozzeria trumps them all.
“The son of a carpenter, Sergio Scaglietti founded his eponymous design and coachbuilding company in Modena in 1951, and its location across the road from Ferrari, combined with Sergio’s accomplished bodywork and design skills was destined to bring him and Enzo together for some of the finest automotive collaborations of the last century.
“Stories abound in these special classes, Enzo once said that ‘Scaglietti wasn’t a man who relied on pencil and paper to create his magnificent designs: he worked like a sculptor, fashioning their forms in aluminium’.
“It’s been widely told that he never designed a body before seeing its chassis, allowing the design to drape organically over the car’s mechanicals.
“So what we are seeing in these two classes is not just the work of a designer, but of an artist”.
In all, six race cars and six road cars will tell the story of Sergio Scaglietti on the lawns of Waddesdon Manor this July.
Tickets are now on sale at www.autoroyale.org.