The son of an Orchestra Conductor, belongs to a trio of famous Italian car designers, along with Giorgetto Giugiaro and Leonardo Fioravanti. Known for his work with the automotive design house Gruppo Bertone, Gandini was responsible for penning some of the most eye-catching, dramatic and important cars of the 20th century.
Despite his undoubtedly successful career, he was initially denied to work at Bertone when approached Nuccio Bertone, head of the Gruppo Bertone in 1963. Giorgetto Giugiaro, then Bertone’s chief designer, opposed him being hired. When Giugiaro left Bertone two years later for Ghia, Gandini was hired, and worked for the company for fourteen years. The two giants of the Italian design exchanged unfriendly comments about each other during decades.