Mazda MX-5 Miata Designer Shunji Tanaka Has Passed Away

The iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata we know today started life more than 30 years ago as a simple, fun-to-drive roadster. That ethos hasn’t changed much. The car’s design has mutated over four generations, though they all invoke the original in some form, drawing inspiration from Shunji Tanaka’s original design. He was the car’s original chief designer, tasked with bringing the concept to production. Sadly, he passed away earlier this month. Tanaka’s passing was announced on Facebook by a friend who said Tanaka’s last words were, “I have no regret in my life.” He was 75. Mazda had picked the Miata’s [...]
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1999 Lotus Esprit V8

by Eliza Thompson in Wayback Machines Comments Off on 1999 Lotus Esprit V8

Throughout its 28 year history, there were many variations of the Lotus Esprit but all of them can be grouped into two design groups. The first category is what is commonly referred to as the Giugiaro Esprit; named after the original Italian designer of the car, Giorgetto Giugiaro. The easiest way to identify those cars is if the car was built before 1988 MY (model year) then it is a Giugiaro Esprit. Styling-wise, the Giugiaro Esprit is distinguished by sharp angles and a wedge shape. [...]

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