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    Ex-Porsche styling studio boss Tony Lapine deceased

    Just read this agency report (in German only at the moment):

    "STUTTGART (dpa-AFX) - Die Sportwagenschmiede Porsche trauert um ihren langjährigen Chefdesigner Anatole Carl Lapine. Er starb am vergangenen Sonntag im Alter von 81 Jahren in Baden-Baden, wie der Autobauer am Mittwoch mitteilte. "Anatole Lapine hat das Design der Porsche-Sportwagen über einen Zeitraum von zwei Jahrzehnten geprägt. Als Designer folgte er keiner Mode, sondern setzte mit seinen Entwürfen immer wieder neue Trends", sagte der amtierende Leiter der Porsche-Designabteilung, Michael Mauer, in einer Mitteilung. 
    Lapine wurde den Angaben zufolge am 23. Mai 1930 im lettischen Riga geboren. Nach Kriegsende absolvierte er bei Daimler-Benz in Hamburg eine Autoschlosser-Lehre und besuchte im Anschluss daran die Hamburger Wagenbauschule. 1951 ging er in die USA, wo er ein Jahr darauf bei General Motors in der Karosserie-Vorausentwicklung begann. 
    1965 kehrte Lapine nach Deutschland zurück und übernahm bei Opel die Leitung des Forschungszentrums. Am 15. April 1969 wechselte Lapine als Chef in die Styling-Abteilung zu Porsche. Neben dem Design des Porsche 911 der sogenannten "G-Serie" entstanden unter seiner Ägide zahlreiche neue Porsche-Modelle wie der 924, 928 und 944."


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    fritz


    Re: Ex-Porsche styling studio boss Tony Lapine deceased

    RIP   Here he is behind Dr. Fuhrmann on the presentation day (pic is apropos)


    Re: Ex-Porsche styling studio boss Tony Lapine deceased

    Lapine, Tony

     


    Lapine, Shinoda and the Corvair Monza GT

    Some more history about him.

    Anatole “Tony” Lapine was a designer and engineer at GM Styling Section during the 1950s and 1960s. He spent a portion of his GM career in Bill Mitchell’s infamous secret workshop, “Studio X” and had a hand in designing many of the concepts cars built during the Mitchell era. He also served as Dick Thompson’s co-driver at Elkhart Lake when Mitchell’s XP-87 Sting Ray raced there at the SCCA 500-Mile Wisconsin Grand Prix.

    Lapine was teamed with Larry Shinoda a number of times during the 1960s. He served as studio engineer for Shinoda on the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray. They also worked together on the body for Zora Arkus-Duntov’s single seat open-wheeled CERV I in 1960; the 1962 Corvair Monza GT; the 1963 Corvair Monza SS; and the CERV II in 1963-1964. The CERV II was Lapine’s last project for General Motors in North America before he was transferred to Opel in Germany.

    At Opel, Lapine famously installed a specially tuned 1.9 liter, 150 hp engine in an ordinary looking Rekord, adding an aluminum deck lid, aluminum doors, and a NASCAR-style roll cage to create sneaky-fast street rod. Known as "the Black Widow", this car created a sensation in Europe, even besting Porsches and a Penske-tuned Camaro in Belgium.

    Lapine was recruited away from his position at Opel in 1969 to take up the position of chief designer for German sports car manufacturer Porsche. He served in this capacity for 20 years until 1989. His most enduring work for Porsche is the 928 that debuted for the 1978 model year.

     


    Re: Ex-Porsche styling studio boss Tony Lapine deceased

    What a masterful design (the 928)! Were it not for the wipers, it could easily pass for a modern design. 

    RIP.

     

     

     


     
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