Paolo Stanzani, one of the top engineers in Lamborghini's earliest days, has passed away at 80 years old, . Working with engineer Gian Paolo Dallara and stylist Marcello Gandini, Stanzani is credited with helping to create the Lamborghini Miura, a machine that helped give birth to the modern supercar.
on July 20, 1936 in Bologna, and joined Lamborghini as Dallara's assistant in 1963. He played a role in developing and testing the company's first grand touring cars, and led the engineering of Lamborghini's most ambitious, legend-defining machine: The Miura. In 1967, Stanzani was promoted to technical director at Lamborghini, where he went on to lead the development of the mighty Countach.
Stanzani left the automaker shortly after it was sold by company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1974. Later, Stanzani was recruited to join Romano Artioli's short-lived 1990s revival of the Bugatti brand, where he worked on the EB110.
The Miura celebrated its 50th birthday last year, and Lamborghini invited Stanzani, Dallara, and Gandini to properly honor the car. It was the first mid-engined road car to hit production, and helped set the template for all of Lamborghini's future cars.
As a father of the Miura, Stanzani helped define the modern supercar, and changed the automotive world for the better. Godspeed, Stanzani.