Mario Revelli di Beaumont (Rome, 25 June 1907 - Grugliasco, May 29, 1985) was an Italian designer and motorcycle racer.
Hailing from a family of ancient Piedmont nobility, Count Mario Revelli inherited the interest in mechanics from his father Abiel, an army officer and designer of automatic weapons.
In 1922 he began attending the Royal College of Military Nunziatella of Naples and, at the same time, devoted himself to the design of motorcycle frames, led by his older brother Gino in Turin who ran an established mechanical workshop and dealership Galloni motorcycles.
The debut in the Motorcycling
After ventured into some amateur motorcycle racing, in 1924 the two brothers built the GR 500, a race bike with a 499 cc single-cylinder engine, with which Mario won the Grand Prix of Nations in 1925, winning the title of Champion Europe and becoming known to the public by the nickname of Teenager Champion, as allocated by the sports press.
Revelli in 1926 participates in the 500cc class of the Italian motorcycling championship, finishing second at the Circuit of Turin, May 2, after long contesting the victory of Achille Varzi. The next July 11, at the Circuito del Lario, he lost his chance to get on the podium for a blown tire on the last lap. His racing career ended April 9, 1927, when a car along Corso Vittorio cut across the track, destroying the bike and forcing him to a long recovery.
After his studies in Naples he started to work in Turin at Stabilimenti Farina, where he gave a significant contribution to the creation of bodies for some custom-builts on chassis by Isotta Fraschini and Fiat 525.
His collaboration was extended soon to other illustrious era names as Ghia, Garavini, Montescani and Casaro. From 1929 he joined Fiat, at the Special Body department. Here, too, he devoted himself mainly to the design of luxury models and sports, but there were many contributions to several other standard models. He even also collaborated with Fiat Aeronautica, where he also devoted himself to the design of interiors of Fiat aircraft. During his collaboration with Fiat he began working on some special projects, such as the MPV concept car, at the time virtually nonexistent. These projects would have remained buried for several years at Fiat, only to be translated about twenty years later.
At the same time during his career at Fiat, Mario Revelli also worked at carrozzeria Pininfarina, founded in 1930, the atelier founded by newborn "Pinin".
In 1935 he designed the line, innovative for its time, of the Fiat 6C 1500. This happened thanks to the close relationship of trust established with the owner Giovanni Agnelli.
Also in mid thirties he designed some sports bodyworks. During the second half of the thirties he worked especially with Pininfarina, Viotti and Bertone. In this period the stylistic guidelines across Europe were to the sinuous and particularly aerodynamic lines, with particular display of fairings. This style, known by the French term flamboyant, had its greatest exponent in Italy precisely in Mario Revelli di Beaumont. Of particular technical interest was the realization of a bus with a mobile radio station function, built by carrozzeria Viberti on an Alfa Romeo chassis 1938. In 1940 he realized a project for a taxi minivan and the year after that for a urban car with 3 wheels (Elettropattino), both with electric propulsion. During this time his style had a great influence in the production of Stabilimenti Farina, in particular on three designers who would soon be highlighted: Giovanni Michelotti, Felice Bianco and Franco Martinengo.
With the outbreak of the Second World War, his activity was converted to purposes related to the events in progress, planning the conversion of civilian models in military vehicles. Particularly important was the collaboration with the Turin Carrozzeria Viotti for the transformation project of the Fiat 1100 model ambulance, in addition to military trucks and radio communications. At the end of the war he was imprisoned by the Germans on suspicion, which belonged to the nobility, to be loyal to the monarchy. He was later freed by the partisans.
Mario Revelli resumed cooperation with Pininfarina, Fiat, Siata and Viotti. It is with the latter, dusting off the previous solutions for ambulances, devised the famous "carrozzeria funzionale", that he immediately made the model Fiat 1100 Viotti Giardinetta of 1946, the car that marked the birth of the modern station wagon.
In 1952 he went to the United States where he worked with the General Motors group of citycars projects, a very future-oriented design, especially for a market like the US.
In 1954 he returned to Italy, where he began to collaborate with Simca, the French house of Italian origin, with whom he designed some special bodies for the Simca 8 and the Aronde, but mostly gave a more than significant contribution to the definition of the line of the Simca 1000, after which he contributed to the design of the Simca 1300.
Note also the collaboration with Aermacchi motorcycle manufacturer for the model of the futuristic "Chimera" project, presented at the Milan Salone 1956.
In 1963 he returns to work with Pininfarina, but at the same time tightens further contacts and provides consultancy even with overseas companies.
Later, Mario Revelli di Beaumont, now elderly, worked in the educational sector, teaching at the School of Art and Design of Turin and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (California).
Throughout his career he has filed 35 patents among which are worth mentioning the spoiler, the central locking system, the built-in handle, the elastic bumper and anti-vibration steering wheel.
Mario Revelli di Beaumont died May 29, 1985.