“To me, driving a car means total freedom,” says this man, who is one of the most important designers in automotive history.
He was responsible for the record-breaking C 111-III; the 126, 140 and 220 series S-Class models; the “Baby Benz” (W 201); the timelessly beautiful 129 series roadsters; the A-Class – Sacco is delighted by its global popularity – and the SLK, which he smilingly calls the “good-mood car”. Sacco is a member of the European Automotive Hall of Fame as well as the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, USA, and he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Udine, Italy.
Twenty years ago, a jury of experts pronounced him one of the five most eminent automotive designers of the century – alongside such illustrious names as Giugiaro, Bertone, Bugatti and Pininfarina. Does that make you proud, Mr Sacco? He takes a few seconds to think. “Not too much. A little bit though, yes.”