His name is: Giuliano Zuccato
This is the story about a man, a man who found himself with
challenges, and overcame them even when it seemed like they
might be impossible to surpass.
He lived in the Italian town of Bannia, a river town near
Venice, until he was 19.
The people of his town were farmers,
woodworkers, tradesmen’s, they used the river to power their
machines. His family even had a history of being mosaicists in
Venice, in cooperation with painter Titian.
During his adolescence, his life was influenced by World War II.
When he was only a child, he had to don the Fascist uniform
every Saturday morning, and after Italy joined the Axis powers,
he would see hundreds of American Bombers and P-51 Mustang
Fighters fly over Bannia daily to Germany.
His family in 1952 moved to Windsor, Ontario when he was 19.
However, it was not long until he contracted Tuberculosis of the
Bone, and was forced into a full-body cast, except for his arms.
He spoke of his 18 months of immobility in this cast as Hell,
and recollects himself nearly going insane. There were times he
wouldn’t recognize his own face.
His talent for sculpting shone through when he carved an image
of Abraham Lincoln into a bar of soap, using only a penny as
reference. This caused his doctor to suggest that Giuliano try
clay sculpting, and his life began to change.
He began his work as a sculptor making Thanksgiving Day Parade
costume helmets in Detroit, but was soon hired by the Ford Motor
Company as a car sculptor in 1957.
In the early 60’s, Zuccato began working on a project for Ford,
codenamed “Allegro.” Three different studios began working on
this project, each individually attempting to design the winning
His team worked a minimum of 13 hours a day to complete their
design, in hopes of being chosen by Ford. This design was the
car that would become the 1964 Ford Mustang.
Not long after the 1964 Ford Mustang was released, he also
worked on designing the body for the 1966 Ford GT40, which won
the 24 Hours of Le Mans over Ferrari, four times.
In 1984, he was instrumental in the creation of a studio within
the Design Center, called Concepts 2000X, to explore new
methodologies in car design to meet the need of the digital
In this studio he conceived the idea of materializing concept
vehicles by the use of computer data, a liquid polymer and
ultraviolet light, he named this idea “Liquid to solid”.
Unfortunately the legal department did not act swiftly in
getting a patent and a company in California, received a US
patent and called Stereolithography, better known today as 3-D
This technology is used today in rapid prototyping worldwide and
recently in the International Space Ship.
He continued to model cars for Ford until retiring in 1988, and
from there he started his own company, Concepts International.
His company focused on conceiving innovating ideas to assist car
Although he only had ideas and no facilities, he was able to
create engineering prototyped cars in a quarter of the time
faster then his competition.
In the two decades following his retirement from Ford, he
successfully managed projects in the US, Europe and the Far
He is a man who puts his own capabilities to the test on a daily
basis. He lived through war torn Europe only to move across an
ocean and become too ill to move most of his body. However, he
started a lifelong career and passion with a simple bar of soap.
He powered through his obstacles whenever they presented
themselves, even if it took years to get through one.
"He still has the fire in the belly.”
Recently has produced a documentary recollecting his time in the
design of the original Mustang, and wants to go further with a
full feature film of his life story, to include his time working
for Ford called the,
“Room above the Tavern”.
He was born in a room above the family tavern and wants to
visually reconstruct events in his life that made him who he is
today, he wants to do this as “cut a ways” as he is sculpting the
original Mustang and the GT 40.
In order to do this he will reconstruct the
original clay model of the Mustang and GT-40, show what went in
to the design of cars in the early sixties, the passion and hard
work, the studio environment, being seen working by Mr. Ford,
Iacocca and many in the company top management.
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My Granddaughter Mia
Sculpted for the Detroit
My Granddaughter Zoe
More about Giuliano
Past Testimonials & Accomplishments
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Accomplishments at Ford
Accomplishments at Concepts International
Donations to Museums
Scene, July 11, 2016
Mustang Owner's Museum, Concord, NC
Company, September 30, 2015
Mustang Owners Club
of South Eastern Michigan, August 15, 2014
Jack Roush, August 28,
The Detroit News,
July 13, 2015
Mustang Owners Museum