Sergio Scaglietti founded his Carrozzeria Scaglietti, together with his brother and a former colleague, in 1951 in Maranello, Italy, at the age of 17. The body repair shop was close by the Ferrari factory. Enzo Ferrari was very pleased with Sergio's work and soon Sergio was tasked with designing and creating coachworks for Ferrari.
In the late 1950s, with Enzo Ferrari setting him up with the banker and cosigning the loan, Scaglietti greatly expanded his company. He began building numerous street Ferraris to designs by Pinin Farina.
Scaglietti's bodies were very lightweight and aerodynamic and therefore Carrozzeria Scaglietti became the premier shop for Ferrari's racing program.
Scaglietti always designed by the eyes alone,. Letting his own good taste, understanding of aerodynamics, style, and function dictate his designs. He simply shaped the body directly over the chassis without making drawings in advance. Panel by panel each body 'grew' over the underpinnings.
Scaglietti's creations are now among the most sought after in the world. Three of his most legendary designs belong to the most expensive cars in the world: the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO (20 million $$), the stylish 250 GT California (17 million $$) and the remarkably styled 'pontoon fenders' Ferrari 250 TR.
Scaglietti is credited with the "headrest" bump that can be seen on most racing Ferraris of the 1950s and 1960s, a design at first despised by Enzo but championed by Enzo's son Dino.
Besides the bodies of many competition Ferraris and Pininfarina designs, Scaglietti also built some bespoke bodies for individual clients on the chassis of Ferrari and Corvette, for example.
In the late 1960s Scaglietti joined Ferrari in a sale of his business to Fiat. Scaglietti continued to manage the carrozzeria until his retirement in the mid 1980s. The Scaglietti Company became Ferrari property in 1977 and the Scaglietti name is now used for Ferrari's aluminium production facility and the 612 Scaglietti Coupe.