L’Americano – The designs of Tom Tjaarda


Automobile design has always been an interest of mine and whereas books on car designers are not exactly mainstream such books as have been written are usually produced by people who not only understand the thinking of designers but have researched their subject in great and fascinating depth.

This A4 soft cover book was published in Italy by the Libreria Automotoclub Storico Italiano on the career of American/Dutch car designer Tom Tjaarda whose father, Joop, was a stylist and was the man who did the streamlined 1938 Lincoln Zephyr.

After leaving the University of Michigan where he had obtained his degree in Industrial Design thanks to a remarkable styling model of an estate car he created himself and illustrated here. Tom went straight to Turin to join Carrozeria Ghia and has been responsible for many special designs and family cars that we all remember.

His first road car design was the Innocenti Spyder but then went to Pininfarina where amongst others he styled the Ferrari 330GT 2 plus 2 of 1964 and the Fiat 124 Spyder. Then in his own design company he is credited with the De Tomaso Pantera, created the original two door saloon for Ford called the “Wolf” project which became the Ford Fiesta and the prototype for the Shelby Series II.

Though softcover it is a big book and written in Italian and English. For anyone with the slightest interest in car design, this book is full of fascinating information and photographs of Tjaarda’s work and it deserves to be better known.

The Price including postage to the UK and Europe is £45
The Price including postage to the USA and Rest of the World £48

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Price including postage to the UK and Europe is £45, Price including postage to the USA and Rest of the World £48