Michelotti’s long standing association with Triumph started in 1956 when, during the development of their new small car (at the time, known as Zobo), they were approached by a jobbing Italian stylist, who offered to produce a body style for this car for the sum of £3000.
Rather bemused, Harry Webster accepted, and three months later the new and well-prepared prototype duly appeared. This model would form the basis of the Triumph Herald, and needless to say, Webster was so impressed he used the designer, Giovanni Michelotti, to design all of the company’s subsequent cars (with the notable exception of the Karmann-styled TR6). As with the BMC-Pininfarina link, the Triumph-Michelotti partnership did not survive for long in the new BLMC regime.
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