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The 20 greatest car designs of Pininfarina
Sergio Pininfarina, arguably the world's greatest ever car designer, passed away on 2 July 2012, aged 85. Now, to celebrate the great man's work, a new exhibition is opening at the Museo Ferrari in Maranello which looks back at his numerous successful colaborations with Italy's more evocative car brand.
Le grandi Ferrari di Sergio Pininfarina (Sergio Pininfarina's great Ferraris) -opens its doors to the public on October 27th but in case you can't make it to Maranello, we're offering you the chance to gaze in wonder at some of the most beautiful cars ever made right here. What follows is our pick of Sergio Pininfarina's greatest car designs.
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.
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I had a peugeot 406 coupe and was a stunning car to look at and drive.
MSN please do something about all the spam it's getting very silly.
While I agree that Pininfarina IS a great name (I have had two, a Lancia Flavia and Austin Cambridge, yes, really !), he was a great STYLIST, NOT a designer.
The REAL designers are the Engineers that do not get the credit because us "plebs" do not see further than a car's skin.
1-2mm is as shallow as you can get.
When is Joe public going to wake up to reality, some of these cars are awful look ridiculous, but to here the so called experts say they are marvellous ........... wake up people and smell the coffee they are crap!
I've been in the automotive design and manufacture for over 46 years and the run of the mill production cars are equally as good, sorry they are better than these supercars at their extortionate prices 5 times + a production model.
All cars have to meet not only high design standards but legislation so a body shell hand built or production built all meet standards and the high production vehicles is repetitive with their jigs and fixtures unlike tweeks of hand built, the same applies to engine machining and components they all meet the high standards and its normally these hi-performance cars that breakdown!
Oh and try different Marques Ford or the blue oval badge isn't the best I've had two new Fords and they were total crap, Renault were good although the other two Frenchies had electrical issues after 3 years, but all had excellent power units, Mercedes/VW the best of the Germans, BMW terribly overated, Audi okish and Vauxhall/Opel a reasonably good reliable choice and I cannot comment on Japanese vehicles as I've never owned or driven them ......... and remember you can always buy a Friday build, but it's not as common as you are led to believe .....
Mr. P shaped more than cars.
First I am sorry to say that I did not know Sergio Pininfarina had died. On the Automotive Styling field he was a Titan, and his work affected at least two generations of my family.
My father had an Austin Cambridge estate that he would loan me so I could entice the ladies (and I DO mean Ladies) who were won over with its dining room verticle leather seats and would fiddle with the knob, turning the radio up and down.
Ahhh, happy days.
Then I had a BEAUTIFUL Lancia Flavia Pininfarina Coupe (very rare), with the sweetest flat-four 1800cc engine, and a propensity for the power brakes to give up the retardation ghost at the most awkward of times.
Ahhh. More happy days.
God bless you Mr. P. You made my life exciting and beautiful all at the same time.
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