Società Anonima Carrozzeria Pinin Farina – or just short: Pininfarina. The design Studio in Cambiano, near Turin, has enriched the automobile world with some of the most spectacular and most extraordinary designs. The company was founded in may 1930 by Battista “Pinin” Farina (1893-1966). The had learned the body-manufacturing with his brother from scratch, starting in 1911, among others, for Fiat worked and 1920 in Detroit, when Henry Ford (1863-1947) in person about the latest Trends in the automotive production – cue conveyor belt – informed.
at the beginning dressed Farina especially with the Chassis of Italian brands for betuchtere customers. After the Second world war, his Studio became then, thanks to masterpieces such as the Cisitalia 202 to the coveted Partner of the major car manufacturers for the Design and technical development. Since the 1950s, the Farinas draw – Battistas son, Sergio (1926-2012) also works in the company and your Designer, the most important Ferrari models. The dream factory created classics such as “the Magnum Ferrari” 308 GTS, the super sports car, the F40 or Testarossa. And much more: custom made by Ferrari and Lancia models Highlights were often on the international auto salons.
sought-after Partner of major manufacturers
The Designer worked but also for Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Ford, and Volvo. More: The Fiat 124 Sport Spider and the Peugeot models 306 Cabriolet, 404, and 504 Coupé also came from the hands of the Italian masters. Particularly the relationship to Cadillac was. From 1958 to 1960, Pininfarina produced the body of the Eldorado Brougham, and from 1988 to 1993, the Allanté in the own production plant. And the Italians gave the British cars such as Austin, MG, Morris, Riley and Wolseley, the visual touch.
The Farinas designed only a few cars completely. You are a young Designer. These were often in internal competition with each other and prodded each other to take exceptional shots.
trains and convertible roofs
Also as a folding roof specialist, Pininfarina made a name for himself and developed and produced sheet metal folding roofs for Ford, Mitsubishi and Volvo. Today, Pininfarina sees itself as a Design and industry service providers. “Ah, il loc Pininfarina!”, cited the SBB newspaper in April 1993, the rave station and the Board of Directors of Domodossola, at the sight of a new shiny SBB locomotive Re 460 of the Italian design forge. The Intercity tilting train SBB RABDe 500, and the Italian high speed train ETR 500 was designed by Pininfarina. Just as the Cobra-trams of the Zurich transport services.
According to Battistas death in 1966, his son Sergio and, later, his grandson, Andrea took over the leadership. The latter died in 2008 in a Vespa accident. Since then, his brother Paolo wearing the responsibility. In 2015, the Indian Mahindra group acquired a majority stake in the company. Since 2018, Pininfarina especially with the spectacular electric sports cars Battista Furore that bears the name of the founder in the future.