Gérard Welter, 1942-2018
Frenchman Gérard Welter, the long-serving chief designer for Peugeot, who also masterminded some of the marque’s greatest racing feats at Le Mans, has died aged 75.
Joining the Peugeot design department straight from school at the age of 18, Welter worked his way through the ranks, starting out devising attractive details like light clusters, before heading the styling centre from 1975-2007 and designing the 304, 604, 305 and several supercar concepts.
He forged strong links with Italy’s Carrozzeria Pininfarina, although it was Welter himself who designed what many consider the finest car from this period, the 205.
As well as road-car design, Welter founded WM in 1969 with his wife Rachel to build Peugeot’s sports-prototypes, their efforts culminating in the Le Mans top speed record of 251mph in 1988.