Reports emerging from Italian press have it that Sergio Pininfarina, the Italian godfather of car design died on Tuesday at the age of 85. Pininfarina is renowned for crafting the sleek Ferrari race cars and revolutionizing the common automobile.
He was born in 1926 near Turin, in Italy’s industrial north, dedicating his long career to collaborations with top carmakers, designing the Ferrari Testarossa, Fiat 124 Spider, Fiat Dino and Maserati GranTurismo, among others. He had joined the family car design company after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, and quickly became involved in all aspects of the business, from designing the cars to engineering and manufacturing.
Pininfarina was determined to change the common perception of cars as merely functional, and rose to stardom with beautifully sculptured and blood red Ferraris, from the 410 SA to the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, Ferrari F40 and Enzo Ferrari. He also applied his talents to less exotic models from the likes of Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Hyundai.
Originally Sergio Farina, he was head of Italy’s business association Confindustria from 1988 to 1992 and was named senator for life in 2005. May his soul rest in peace.