Designer Robert Opron who died in March this year was at the cutting edge of automotive design the early 1960s through to the mid ’80s.
After growing up in Africa, Robert studied painting, sculpture and architecture in Paris. His first job was in aerospace design, he then joined French car make Simca. But he will be most remembered for his long association with Citroen. The company gave him enormous flexibility and how grateful are we all for that. In the late ‘60’s he styled the wonderful GS. As if that wasn’t enough he topped that in the early 70’s with the majestic SM. In the mid 70’s he brought us the hugely popular CX. It sold nearly 1.5m units and remarkably remained in manufacturing until the early 90’s.
Citroen merged with Peugeot in the mid 70’s and in the shake-up the influential design genius found himself without a job. How utterly crazy is that. He joined rival, Renault. Amongst other designs he produced the futuristic Fuego for them.
It is difficult to overstate the influence Robert Opron had on car design. His genius is much missed.
Robert Opron, automotive designer extraordinaire and engineer died on 29 March 2021, at the age of 89.
Launching in October, a new classics community website – bringing together enthusiasts to buy, sell and chat all things classic. Sign up to find out more
Follow Evoke Classics