Famed car designer was 85 (Photo : Pininfarina S.p.A.)
Ferrari is mourning the death of the man responsible for many of its most recognizable designs. "With Sergio Pininfarina passing away last night the Prancing Horse loses one of the men most closely connected to Ferrari," the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Pininfarina died in the early hours of July 3rd in Turin, the city in which he had been born. He was 85.
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A scion of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company, he entered the family business, which had been designing car bodies for Ferrari since the 1930s. He took over the company, which continued to design for Ferrari and other car companies, in the 1960s. He also joined Ferrari's board of directors.
He was also active in political life. He served for nine years as a member of the European Parliament, and was named an Italian life senator in 2005.
Current Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo said in a statement, "Calling his relation with Ferrari legendary is insufficient.....he designed some of the most iconic models, such as the Testarossa or the Enzo, just to name two."
In addition to the Testarossa (1985) and the Enzo (2002) by Ferrari, Pininfarina is credited with the creation of, among numerous other cars, the Alfa Romeo Spider (1996), the Ferrari 250 GT (1960), the Ferrari Daytona (1968), the Cadillac Allante (1986), the Peugeot 406 Coup (1996), and the Maserati Quattroporte (2003).
A gallery of cars designed by Sergio Pininfarina can be viewed here.