Sunday, March 9, 2014
Tjaarda Design - part 6 - Ghia DeTomaso
In the spring of 1967, ALEJANDRO DE TOMASO gave a call to Tjaarda asking if he was interested to rejoin Ghia. Even if having a reputation of being rather difficult and demanding, De Tomaso was full of ideas and had many projects in mind. In fact, the ten years Tjaarda spent at Ghia the number of prototypes and production cars which emerged was startling, to say the least.
GIORGETTI GIUGIARO had worked at Ghia before Tjaarda's arrival and had started to rebuild their reputation with such cars as the MANGUSTA, the MASERATI GHIBLI and a number of show cars.
LEE IACOCCA, then at Ford, came along to work with De Tomaso to produce the Pantera, the Deauville, the Longchamp and a long list of prototype study models used as incentives for Ford production vehicles, the most famous being the FORD FIESTA, being produced in great quantity.
By 1975 the reputation of Ghia had grown to the point that Ford bought the Ghia company outright. De Tomaso left in 1976 to set up his own small empire with Maserati, Innocenti and the Guzzi and Benelli motorcycle companies, however Ghia continued on as the Ford European Design and Prototype Center for many years until closing down for good, in the year 2000.
Following is a list of the cars which Tjaarda designed while working at Ghia from 1968 to 1975 with DeTomaso, then to 1979 with the Ford Motor Company of Dearborn.
SERENISSIMA 3500 AGENA prototype 1968
ISUZU SUPER SPORT BELLETT prototype 1969
ISUZU STATION WAGON prototype 1969
LANCIA FULVIA COUPÉ show car 1969
LANCIA FLAMINIA MARICA COUPÉ show car 1970
FORD-DE TOMASO PANTERA production 1970
DE TOMASO RACING CAR formula one 1970
MUSTELA COUPÉ show car 1971
DE TOMASO DEAUVILLE 4-DOOR production 1972
DE TOMASO LONGCHAMP COUPÉ production 1972
ZONDA COUPÉ prototype 1972
FORD FIESTA production 1973
PANTERA II prototype 1973
MUSTELLA II prototype 1973
GHIA COINS show car 1974
FORD MAVERICK prototype 1975
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