Volkswagen's plan to buy a controlling stake in Italdesign Giugiaro, Italy's famed design and engineering firm, reunites car stylist extraordinaire Giorgetto Giugiaro with VW's lordly chairman, Ferdinand Piech.
The two men go way back. During the summer of 1972, a young Piech based himself at Italdesign's offices in Turin. Piech had worked at Porsche AG, his family's sports car firm, until Porsche and Piech elders deemed that clan members should not hold executive positions at the company.
With a few connections, Piech got himself ensconced at Italdesign. As it happened, Giugiaro was putting the finishing touches on the designs for the first-generation VW Golf and the Scirocco coupe.
In 2002, Giugiaro recounted the summer of Piech for Automotive News Europe.