De­sign leg­end Tom Tjaarda dies

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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