Sergio Pininfarina dies

3 Jul, 2012 11:23am Stephen Errity

Car design legend Sergio Pininfarina has died, aged 85

Sergio Pininfarina, designer of iconic Ferrari models and many other cars, died last night at his home in Turin. He was 85.
The son of Pininfarina company founder Batista Farina, he was serving as honorary chairman of the design firm and was also a senator for life in the Italian parliament at the time of his death.
Born in Turin in 1926, he studied mechanical engineering at university and rose to become General Manager of the company bearing his name in 1960. In 1966, he became President on the death of his father and had been honorary chairman since 2006.
He oversaw key developments at Pininfarina, such as the building of a new factory at Grugliasco in the fifties, the opening of a computer design centre and wind tunnel in the seventies and another new plant at San Giorgio Canavese in the eighties.
Pininfarina was responsible for penning key Ferrari supercars such as the F40 and Enzo, but the firm designed for many manufacturers, creating cars such as the Peugeot 406 Coupe, Bentley Azure and Cadillac Allante. It has long-standing relationships with major Italian brands Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati.

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Don't forget all those classic Farina models made by (then) British manufacturers such as the Austin A40, Austin Cambridge/Oxford and MGB GT - all with Farina styling.

To give you some idea of how futuristic and 'ahead of their time' some of Pininfarina's designs were look up the '1960 Abarth Monoposto da record'.

They say fighter aircraft designers produce the blueprints for planes that will be taking to the air twenty years hence, Pininfarina did the same with cars.

Requiescat in pace.

To give you some idea of how futuristic and 'ahead of their time' some of Pininfarina's designs were look up the '1960 Abarth Monoposto da record'.

They say fighter aircraft designers produce the blueprints for planes that will be taking to the air twenty years hence, Pininfarina did the same with cars.

Requiescat in pace.

Very well said, alex34197.

I always thought those Austin designs looked modern and stylish and were light years ahead of the Morris Minors and other cars of that era.

Thanks, ajjm65 - I did. Very impressive too - looks like something out of a Dan Dare story! A sleeker, lighter design along the lines of MG's EX135 (1930's) and EX181 (1950's) perhaps? I guess both designers were following the same idea.

Sergio penned the birth of the dream car...I hope the house of Pinninfarina & generation next never lose sight to imagine the future before its time. Any auto admirer owes this man a heavy dose of gratitude for the unique 4 wheeled eye candy on our roads all over the globe...

AEX 1337
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