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Pininfarina celebrates its anniversary: ​​The design company is 80 years old

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In May 1930 Battista 'Pinin' Farina founded the company Pinin Farina in Turin. With the Lancia Dilambda, the first official Pininfarina car appeared at the Concours d’Elegance in Villa d’Este in 1932. In the 1930s, Pininfarina also designed the Alfa Romeo 6C Pescara Coupé, the L ancia Astura Cabriolet Tipo Bocca or the Lancia Aprilia Berlinetta Aerodinamica.

Pininfarina is opening its own exhibition at the Paris Motor Show

At the Paris Motor Show in the year In 1946 Pininfarina and his son Sergio caused a stir. Because Italy was excluded from the exhibition after the war, Pininfarina simply put the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S and the Lancia Aprilia Cabriolet in front of the entrance to the Paris Motor Show and thus opened its own Pininfarina exhibition.

In den In the 1950s, the Italian family business Pininfarina became more and more international. The best example of this is the Nash Healey Spider, the body of which was developed in Italy by Pininfarina and was intended for the American market. The reputation of Pininfarina in the USA also rose on his second visit in 1952 - Pininfarina becomes known as a designer in the USA. The same year the partnership between Pininfarina and Ferrari . Only three years later, a cooperation with Peugeot followed and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider became a masterpiece of Pininfarina.

Another Pininfarina plant was created in Turin

Other models such as the Lancia Florida, which Pininfarina drove himself, and the Ferrari 250 GT from Pininfarina's pen, followed. But the 250 GT could not be assembled by Pininfarina because the capacity of the factory was insufficient. He lost the contract and decided to build another plant in the southeast of Turin. The artisan workshop Pininfarina became an industrial producer.

Before Pininfarina sold his company to his son Sergio and hisPassing on his son-in-law Renzo Carli, he designed two more unusual cars: the Pininfarina X, which is more reminiscent of an egg than a car and, with its unusual shape, was supposed to be a vision of the future. In addition, the Abarth Monoposto, with which they even set a world speed record. After the takeover of the company, the Italian president also allowed the renaming of the Farina surname to Pininfarina.

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider becomes one of the most successful Pininfarina models

The company continued to grow. In 1963 new records were broken with 1,683 employees and 19,844 cars produced. These included Fiat 1600 Cabriolet, Lancia Flavia and Flaminia Coupé, Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider, Ferrari 250 GT Coupé and 400 Superamerica. Battista Pininfarina died in Lausanne on April 3, 1966. Son Sergio becomes managing director. The Fiat 124 Sport Spider is presented at the Turin Auto Show and becomes one of the most successful Pininfarina models. Like the Peugeot 504, the one on the Parisian car Salon presented in 1968 and developed by Pininfarina and Peugeot. The line of studies and experiments remained true to the line and presented the Sigma Grand Prix, which was a safety study of a Formula 1 car.

The completion of its own wind tunnel marked another important point in the company's history, who contributed to the development of the vehicles. At the end of the seventies the company was transformed into a group called Pininfarina S.p.A. converted into the possession of a holding company. In 1986 Pininfarina Extra was founded, which from then on also dedicated itself to product design outside the automotive industry. In 1991 a German offshoot of Pininfarina SpA was established

Pininfarina history: close partnership with Ferrari

Pininfarina was already working with environmentally friendly cars in the nineties and designed for them Subject the CNR E2, the Ethos, Ethos 2 and Ethos 3 as well as the little Metrocubo. In addition, the sports car manufacturer Ferrari was always the focus of interest, for example with the Rossa prototype, with which the 70th anniversary of Pininfarina was celebrated, or the 575M Maranello, 612 Scaglietti, F430 Coupé and Spider. In addition, the Mitsubishi Colt CZC, the Alfa Romeo Spider, the Maserati Quattroporte, the Ford Streetka and the Maserati GranTurismo have filled Pininfarina's order books in recent years. In 2006 Sergio's sons Andrea and Paolo Pininfarina took over the company.

On August 7, 2008, CEO Andrea Pininfarina was killed in a traffic accident.His brother and deputy chairman Paolo Pininfarina then took over the chairmanship of the company. Pininfarina S.p.A. today cooperates with Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Peugeot and GM.

The latest creation from Pininfarina is the Ferrari 458 Italia

The newest offspring from the cooperation with Ferrari is the Ferrari 458 Italia, for the design of which Pininfarina SpA with its chairman Paolo Pininfarina is responsible. The Ferrari 458 Italia was at the IAA 2009 to see. The focus of the design was on aerodynamics. But not only with the design of the Ferrari 458 Italia Pininfarina caused a stir in the summer. The rumors that the Indian manufacturer Tata wanted to take over the financially troubled company also caused a stir.

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