Design legend Tom Tjaarda dies
Legendary automotive designer Tom Tjaarda died last Friday (1 June) at the age of 82, following a battle with cancer.
Tjaarda was born in America’s automotive heartland, Detroit, to a family already famous for creating iconic cars. His father, John Tjaarda, is best known for creating the Lincoln Zephyr for Ford in 1936.
Tom followed in his father’s footsteps with a varied resume starting in Turin, Italy in 1960 with Ghia, designing the Innocenti 950 Spider, before moving on to Carrozzeria Pininfarina where he developed the concept for the Chevrolet Corvette.
He designed more than 80 cars throughout his 48-year career, including standouts like the 1964 Ferrari 330GT 2+2, 1966 Fiat 124 Sport Spider and the 1973 DeTomaso Pantera.