Top 10 Pininfarina Designs
Few styling houses have produced more landmark design icons than the Turinese legend. We pick ten of the best
It’s a car that continues to polarise opinion. The Rondine – pronounced 'Ron-din-ay' – was a design concept produced by Pininfarina for the 1963 Paris Motor Show which couldn’t have looked further removed from the car that bore it – a C2-series Chevrolet Corvette. While not conceived with mass production in mind, it eventually spawned a mainstream production car. It’s just that it wasn’t American. Fiat tasked the firm’s stylist Tom Tjaarda with reworking some of its styling cues for the new 124 Spider. The job was made that much more difficult by the trifling matter of the Italian roadster having a much smaller canvas to work with.
AutoFact: The one-off Rondine sold for $1.6m (before commission) at auction in 2008.
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Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Lusso
The acme of Ferrari’s over-achieving 250-series line, the Lusso’s alluring outline represented a major break away from Pininfarina’s 1950s ‘cubist period’. The Turin styling house produced a vision of beauty with design cues cherry picked from the marque’s more recent competition endeavours: the roofline was pure 330 Le Mans coupé, the shark-nose a nod to contemporaneous Formula 1 and Dino sports-racers. This super-glam super-coupé was unveiled at the 1962 Paris Salon – and even then, it was late arriving on the Ferrari stand. However, this was no mere hastily-built coachbuilt confection. Little was lost in the transition from prototype to production car.
AutoFact: Owners in period included Steve McQueen whose 250 was painted brown.
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Alfa Romeo Spider ‘Duetto’
The last design to be signed off by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina – he died just days after its March 1966 debut. The Duetto was a radical departure from the outgoing Giulietta Spider, the controversial sculptured flanks having been first heralded on the 6C 3000CM-based, Aldo Brovarone-penned Super Flow 1 show car of 1956. The overall style can be traced back to the Giulietta Spider Speciale Aerodinamica show car of 1962. If anything, the post-1970 Kamm tail version was better balanced stylistically. A late-run makeover by Pininfarina in 1990 – by which time the model was positively Neolithic – was brilliantly done.
AutoFact: The Spider in all its guises remained in production for 27 years.
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Jaguar E-Type 3.8L Roadster
The Jaguar E-Type is a British automobile legend, manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. A combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing ensured the car was an instant legend. In period, a Ferrari cost three times more and supplied less horse power which established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. The model became a great success for Jaguar; at its release EnFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Little Green Street Farm, Green Street, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, WD3 6EA United Kingdom£ 224,995
PORSCHE 993 TARGA, 1996
An excellent U.K. manual Targa in a great colour combination that we know well having first purchased it in 2006 since when it has been owned by several of our most loyal customers. It has a great specification featuring hardback sports seats, trip computer, sports exhaust and sound package including the Porsche Classic Hifi system which incorporates Bluetooth, radio, navigation and iPhone interfaFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN11 8RH United Kingdom£ POA
Porsche 944 S2 1990
Excellent condition! Only 33,190 actual miles Rare and desirable 1990 944 S2 Cabriolet One of only 1,824 built to North American specification Stunning and desirable factory correct color combination Excellent documentation includes original owner’s manual, warranty & service book with service records, dealer directory, original tools, jack, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity andFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | St. Louis, MO, USA$ 29,900
Aston Martin Mk II Long 1934
Long Chassis MK II Chassis K4/511/L This is an outstanding example of a long chassis MKII. Fewer than 80 of these cars were made and a number have been lost over the years or had their chassis shortened. This car has been in the same enthusiastic ownership since the 1970s, over half its life! Ecurie Bertelli carried out a full restoration including engine re-build and the car has been used rFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Stilebrook Road, Olney MK46 5EA, UK£ POA
Mini Cooper 'S' 1275 1963
1963 MORRIS MINI COOPER S 1275 MKI SALOON (concours condition) Stunningly finished in period colours of old English white with black roof, red and cream seats with matching door cards and red carpets. This car has had a ground up restoration by Mini Specialist Minispeed of Byfleet Surrey starting early in 2008 and finishing late 2009. The total restoration costs were an amazing £40,000 supportFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Sandbanks Road, Poole, UK£ 39,995
Ferrari Dino 246 GT 1972
This 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (chassis number 02498) was new delivered to Switzerland. It’s a complete matching number car and it’s in its original “fly yellow” Ferrari colour with a black vinyl interior. It was first registered in France in March 1973 with license 6399ZX75 and was owned by Mackenzie Hill. The second owner, in 1981, was Jean-Pierre Maillard, a French race car driver who drFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Vosveld 7, Wijnegem, Belgium€ 290,000
Volkswagen Type 2 (T1 Split Window) 1975
Restored 5 years ago for family use. Top "A" quality restoration. Engine is running perfectly, front safari windows, special wheels. For export from Brazil to any country. Asking price is FOB (Free On Board), that is to say all the costs to export it are included.For Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Brazil€ 28,900
Mini Cooper S FIA Race Car 1964
Bought by James Martin in 2013 to develop into a front running car in the prestigious pre 66 historic saloon car series run by Masters and of course the Goodwood Revival St Mary’s Trophy where he shared the car with top flight BTCC driver and fellow TV Celebrity Jason Plato. With a fresh £22k engine and gearbox from leading Mini expert Swifttune this car is not only well known but quick and reaFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Hampshire, UK£ 47,500
The 206GT is a styling masterclass and in no danger of being knocked off its pedestal any time soon. As to the identity of the artiste responsible for the time-defying silhouette, therein lies a nettlesome issue. Pininfarina, which shaped it, has rarely been in the habit of attributing credit to any one individual. The basic outline can be dated back to the Dino Berlinetta Speciale that was presented at the 1965 Paris Motor Show and styled by former Cisitalia man Aldo Brovarone. This one-off concept car undoubtedly influenced the Dino’s proportions. However, much of the detailing was down to Leonardo Fioravanti.
AutoFact: Brovarone’s resume also includes the Peugeot 504 saloon.
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The Lancia Florida was one of the most important concept cars – or dream cars in contemporary parlance – to emerge during the 1950s. The Florida’s significance in Lancia lore cannot be overstated. It was an important way station on the road towards the Flaminia production car. It’s worth veneration for this fact alone but the Florida’s influence was such that it was still being cribbed the better part of two decades after the prototype broke cover at the 1955 Turin Salon. Admittedly, much of this ‘borrowing’ was down to Pininfarina which copied and pasted the outline ad infinitum.
AutoFact: Further variants culminated with the legendary 1957 Florida II coupé.
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Few cars can eclipse the beauty of this Francesco Salamone-penned creation. The prolific stylist created a perfectly balanced outline that still captivates. Arbiters of beauty in the media routinely cite it as being a landmark in Ferrari lore. It’s all the more remarkable, then, that the 275-series remained in production for a relatively short period of time – 1964 to 1968 – with several different subspecies to choose from. Though ostensibly a road car, three distinct motorsport-orientated variations were made. One of these Competizione editions was a class winner (and only Ferrari finisher) in the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours.
AutoFact: Owners included movie stars Steve McQueen, Alain Delon and Clint Eastwood.
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Fiat 130 Coupé
The late 1960s through the late ’70s saw Pininfarina produce a series of beautiful coupés spun off saloon car platforms, with Peugeot and Lancia nameplates to the fore. Arguably its most accomplished product, however, was the 130 Coupé which shared its foundations with the largely orthodox 130 saloon. Introduced in March 1971, its square-rigged outline was the work of the forever underrated Paolo Martin whose prior output at Pininfarina included the Modulo and Sigma show stoppers. Sadly, it wasn’t a commercial success, all things being relative, with 4294 being made to 1977.
AutoFact: The two-door estate Maremma and four-door saloon Opera variants remained one-offs.
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Ferrari 365 GT4 BB
First shown in prototype form at the 1971 Turin Motor Show, the original Berlinetta Boxer eschewed contemporary styling gimmicks, instead drawing inspiration from the earlier 512 Modulo and 512S Berlinette Speciale show cars. Penned by the super-talented Leonardo Fioravanti, it was perhaps less dramatic than the Lamborghini Countach launched that same year. It was, however, a more cohesive silhouette; one that escaped the plastic addenda that afflicted its rival in future years. It remains a classic old-school supercar and easily among the prettiest. In 1976, the 365 morphed into the 512BB which resulted in a hike in displacement, but with few stylistic changes.
AutoFact: Koenig built a series of twin-turbo, wide-body 512BBs.
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Alfa Romeo 164
Alfa Romeo rarely enjoyed international success producing large saloon cars. The 164 was the exception. Styled by Enrico Fumia, its wedge-shaped profile was among the most striking in its class which unquestionably boosted sales. It also influenced an entire generation of Alfas starting with the 33 facelift and the 155 mid-size saloon. Pininfarina wasn’t beyond cutting and pasting its designs, either, and much of the basic outline was ‘borrowed’ for the Peugeot 405 and 605 models. The addition of Zender styling skirts and other trinkets down the line didn’t detract from the 164’s styling, but they weren’t strictly necessary either.
AutoFact: Fumia was largely responsible for styling the 916-series Alfa GTV and Spider.
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Ushering in an era in which Pininfarina and Ferrari set about pushing envelopes and breaking moulds, the arrival of the Enzo at the 2002 Paris Motor Show was met with a sense of dumbstruck awe. Here, purity of line clearly took a backseat to packaging and aerodynamic requirement. Borrowing heavily from Formula 1 experience, the most obvious grand prix-inspired feature was the raised nose, flanked by a pair of radiators ahead of each front wheel. Hot air was directed through ducts to the outer body so as to prevent under-body airflow from upsetting the car’s balance.
AutoFact: Allegedly 399 cars were made, although an additional car was later built for the Pope.
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Classic Cars for Sale
The Jaguar E-Type is a British automobile legend, manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. A combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing ensured the car was an instant legend. In period, a Ferrari cost three times more and supplied less horse power which established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. The model became a great success for Jaguar; at its release En
An excellent U.K. manual Targa in a great colour combination that we know well having first purchased it in 2006 since when it has been owned by several of our most loyal customers. It has a great specification featuring hardback sports seats, trip computer, sports exhaust and sound package including the Porsche Classic Hifi system which incorporates Bluetooth, radio, navigation and iPhone interfa
Excellent condition! Only 33,190 actual miles Rare and desirable 1990 944 S2 Cabriolet One of only 1,824 built to North American specification Stunning and desirable factory correct color combination Excellent documentation includes original owner’s manual, warranty & service book with service records, dealer directory, original tools, jack, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and
Long Chassis MK II Chassis K4/511/L This is an outstanding example of a long chassis MKII. Fewer than 80 of these cars were made and a number have been lost over the years or had their chassis shortened. This car has been in the same enthusiastic ownership since the 1970s, over half its life! Ecurie Bertelli carried out a full restoration including engine re-build and the car has been used r