Gérard Wel­ter, 1942-2018

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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.

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