SERGIO Pininfarina, arguably the world’s greatest ever car designer, died on July 2, aged 85.
The son of Battista Farina, who founded the Pininfarina dynasty, he took over as president of the Turin-based coachbuilder in 1966 following his father’s death.
Paying tribute, Luca di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari, described him as “a great advocate of Italian design, thanks to his sense for elegance.”
Elegance is what Pininfarina has always been about. While others like Zagato chased spectacle, or like Giugiaro pursued cutting-edge simplicity, Pininfarina’s designs embodied classical elegance and an unerring sense of proportion.
He developed a particularly close relationship with Ferrari, and almost all Ferraris of the modern era have carried Pininfarina’s little blue ‘f’ badge with a crown on top. Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Peugeot, Honda, Rolls-Royce and many others followed.
This is a tribute to Italy‘s foremost design house: some of the best shapes ever created by Pininfarina.
(Article and pictures courtesy of MSN Cars).