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Tom Tjaarda Passes Away
Lamborghini Diablo Interior designed by Tom Tjaarda
Legendary Automotive Designer Tom Tjaarda Passes Away
(06/Jun/2017)

Legendary automotive and industrial designer Tom Tjaarda has passed away. Tom was 82 years old and despite fighting an illness, was as enthusiastic as ever and planned to resume work soon when he succumbed due to medical complications. He is survived by his wife. The legendary designer is known most for his elegant and yet iconic sports cars from the 60s and 70s. The most famous of the lot is the DeTomaso Pantera and the Fiat 124 Spyder. The Fiat 124 Spyder of course has recently been reincarnated as a new model recently and even gets an Abarth version.

The design on the original Ford Fiesta is also credited to Tom. His opinions on the design language both on the exterior and the interior of the car along with his general opinion about how modern mass-market cars are evolving were very insightful.

Tom Tjaarda also designed a long list of concept cars for various American and European automakers along with making his mark in industrial design. Tom’s more famous projects include the like of the interior on the Lamborghini Diablo and the Ferrari 365 GT4 Spyder – one of the prettiest cars ever made. He will truly be missed by the automotive world and will go down in history as one of the greatest auto designers that graced the earth.

 


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