De­sign heroes

VANTAGE - - Your View - Mark Scotch­ford

I read with in­ter­est your piece on de­signer Fed­erico For­menti (Heroes, is­sue 16). I had al­ways thought Peter Bernard Leem­ing had ‘de­signed’ the DB4, but I guess this is where the use of the term ‘de­sign’ can be­come con­fused with other as­pects of a car’s de­vel­op­ment. Af­ter do­ing a lit­tle more re­search, it seems Peter Leem­ing joined As­ton Martin’s de­sign team in 1956 and was in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of the body and frame of the DB4, fol­low­ing the body style sketched by Fed­erico For­menti.

So both Peter Leem­ing and Fed­erico For­menti were two of the many rea­sons for the DB4 ex­ist­ing, and with­out whom it may have never hap­pened.

Thank you for cor­rect­ing my knowledge and adding the most im­por­tant piece to an in­cred­i­ble pic­ture: an­other ex­am­ple of the bril­liance of Ital­ian de­sign fus­ing with English engi­neer­ing.

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