Sergio Pininfarina, possibly the most famous car designer in history, died yesterday at the age of 85, drawing tributes from around the world.
The company had been set up by his father, Battista "Pinin" Farina, who later changed the family name to Pininfarina. Sergio became Managing Director in 1961, just as Pininfarina really got into gear, riding the Italian economic miracle of the 1960s ( Italy was growing as strongly as West Germany at the time).
Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo said, "Calling his relation with Ferrari legendary is insufficient. First with Enzo and then with me, he planned some of the most iconic models, such as the Testarossa or the Enzo, just to name two. I wish to remind you of the work we've done together for the Maserati Quattroporte, which remains one of the most beautiful cars ever built." We agree about the Quattroporte, but we don't think today is about you, Mr. President.
Pininfarina leaves behind one of the greatest back catalogues in automotive history. There are so many to choose from that the "all time best" comes down to a matter of personal taste. We would nominate the Ferrari Daytona, although the seldom-seen Fiat 130 Coupe deserves a mention.
The photograph above shows Sergio Pininfarina standing, with Enzo Ferrari seated in the centre.