THE MIGHTY PIN; Farewell to style legend Pininfarina.
LAST Thursday the world of supercars lost a leading light when 51-year-old Andrea Pininfarina died in a freak accident on his Vespa scooter in Turin.
Founded by Andrea's grandfather in 1930, Italian design house Pininfarina has been responsible for some of the most pant-wettingly gorgeous cars ever made - the Ferrari Dino 246, the F40, the Berlinetta Boxer and the Cisitalia 202.
More recently, as CEO of the company, Andrea oversaw the creation of icons such as the the Ferrari 355, the Maserati Quattroporte, the Honda NSX and even the disarming and brilliantly packaged Peugeot 1007.
While his dad may have penned some of Pinin's most wonderful confections, Andrea's influence should be best remembered for the fantastic Ferrari 599.
I recall once stepping out of an F40 straight into a 599 and finding it a hundred times easier to drive, capable of the same speeds, but with eerie levels of security, poise and stability.
For me the 599 is the most capable Ferrari ever and marks a shift into a new era of elegant restraint, away from the baroque voluptuousness of cars such as the 430 and Enzo.
Andrea's legacy is having clothed such an omni-competent supercar in one of the most chaste and gorgeous silhouettes ever.
Rumours are rife about a quick sale of the debt-ridden company. What Pininfarina needs is for Ratan Tata to buy the whole shooting match and use the styling house's still considerable talents to beautify the raft of new products he's got up his sleeve. The world would be a much plainer and duller place without the Pininfarina magic. Let's hope their genius survives.
599's lines epitomise gentlemanly restraint; Andrea Pininfarina; Oh-sopretty 355 and Dino... prices go up, not down
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 10, 2008|
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