by Zy Gonzales . October 16th, 2012
In the world of automobiles and its design, only a few names in the industry will conjure images of design excellence and quality. For ordinary people, names like Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche would usually belong to this group. However, for those who directly work in the car manufacturing industry, this might not always be the case.
Unknown to most people, car companies sometimes employ the work of outside design firms and professionals for the design or redesign of their cars. One best example of firms that operate this way is the Italian car design firm and coach builder Pininfarina.
Pininfarina S.p.A. was founded as Società anonima Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1930 by automobile designer and builder Battista “Pinin” Farina. For the past 82 years, the firm has worked with various luxury car brands including Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa-Romeo, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce to name a few. In fact, some of the most stylish car designs from various popular car makers were designed by Pininfarina. Here are some examples.
Alfa Romeo Brera Spider. The Alfa Romeo Brera Spider is one of several production cars that Pininfarina manufactures and assembles in their plant in Turin, Italy. It was first introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor show, where it also received the Cabrio of the Year award.
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a GT car designed by Frank Stephenson and Pininfarina. It was Ferrari’s flagship vehicle from 2006 to 2012 replacing the 575 Maranello. The car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006.
Ferrari 458 Italia. The 458 Italia is a mid-engined sports car produced by Ferrari in Maranello,ltaly and was fully designed by Pininfarina. The 458 was designed to replace one of Ferrari’s most successful coupe – the F430.
1971 Fiat 130 Coupe. The Fiat 130 is a large executive car manufactured by Fiat in the 1970s and was designed by Paolo Martin of Pininfarina. It came either as a 4-door saloon, a 2-door coupe or a 5-door station wagon. Production of this car started in 1969 and ended in 1977.
2003 Maserati Quattroporte. Quattroporte which means four doors in the Italian language is the name of a luxury four-door saloon made by Maserati in Italy. The fifth generation of Maserati Quattroportes was designed by Pininfarina and was unveiled during the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2003.