Vale Paolo Stanzani

By: Andy Enright, Unique Cars magazine

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‘Father’ of the Lamborghini Muira

KNOWN AS the father of the Miura, Paolo Stanzani, one of the most influential engineers in Lamborghini’s history, has passed away aged 80.

Born in Bologna, he completed a degree in mechanical engineering at Bologna University in 1961 and joined Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini in September 1963 as the assistant to Gian Paolo Dallara, the company’s Technical Director.

Stanzani was involved primarily in the testing department (engine test rooms, road tests, homologations) and relations with bodyshops (Touring, Bertone, Marazzi, Zagato, and Silat) until 1967.

During this period, cars such as the 350 GT, the 400 GT, the Islero, and the Miura were created, Stanzani taking a leading role in the development of Lamborghini’s first mid-engined supercar.

Taking the reins from Dallara in 1967 as Technical Director, Stanzani oversaw the production of some of the most iconic nameplates in Sant’Agata’s history, including the Espada, the Jarama, the Miura S, the Miura SV, the Urraco and, of course, the Countach. 

A talented people manager, Stanzani had a peerless ability to marshal the talents of his engineering teams in translating design studies to cost-effective production realities.

Also responsible for the development of the Bugatti EB110 GT hypercar, Stanzani leaves a lasting legacy as one of the key players in the golden age of Italian supercars.

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