The Ferrari Museum in Maranello has inaugurated the “Great Ferraris of Sergio Pininfarina” exhibition which focuses on the years during which Sergio, the son of founder Battista “Pinin” Farina, made a pivotal contribution to the creation of the Prancing Horse’s most famous models.
Present at the opening on 26th October 2012 were Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo, Paolo Pininfarina, president of the company, Piero Ferrari and members of the Pininfarina family including the late Sergio’s wife, Giorgia.
The exhibition, which runs until January 7th, comprises 22 models, including one-offs like the extraordinary Pinin, Ferrari’s only experimentation with a four-door car, and the 330 GTC Speciale once owned by Lilian, Princess de Rethy of Belgium.
The cars in the exhibition are split between three separate, themed halls which tell the story of Pininfarina’s work on the racing cars (“Pininfarina and Racing”), the road cars (“Pininfarina and the Grand Tourers”) and some of the experimental models bodied by the Turin coachbuilder (“Pininfarina and the Concept Cars”).
In addition to the cars, many previously unseen exhibits from the Pininfarina family’s private and company collections will also be on display, not least of which is the wooden styling buck of the Modulo concept car.
Also on display are some of the racing cars Pininfarina penned for Ferrari: the 250 LM, Ferrari’s last overall winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 500 Mondial and 250 MM berlinettas, the classic 375 MM racer, the spectacular BB Le Mans, the short wheelbase 250 GT Berlinetta in which Stirling Moss won the Tourist Trophy, and the Sigma Formula 1 prototype from 1969.
The 11 road cars in the exhibition are divided between the front-engined berlinettas, such as the 1964 275 GTB4 and the Spider version of the legendary Daytona, the mid-rear-engined models, notably the milestone BB, and the contemporary creative evolution which encompasses, amongst others, the Testarossa and the 599 SA Aperta, the latter a homage by Ferrari to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.
The exhibition is open to the public seven days a week from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm, from Saturday, October 27th, to Monday, January 7th (excluding December 25th and January 1st when the Museum is closed).
Tickets may be booked online at www.museoferrari.com, as can guided visits at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ferrari P6 (1968)
One of the most famous of these victories came courtesy of the legendary P3 and P4 at Daytona.
The P inspired not one but two concept cars: the P5, now in Japan, and this P6 which proves categorically that production car lines can be inspired directly by experimental cars.
The P6 is a classic example of that phenomenon, in fact.
This 1968 prototype paved the way for the forms of the great Ferraris of the 1970s – from the BB and the 308 GTB all the way up to the 288 GTO.
Sigma GP (1969)
When the Sigma Grand Prix was unveiled, in fact, F1 was still an incredibly dangerous sport for drivers, although the risks of those days have now all but been removed.
Safety was one of Sergio Pininfarina’s favourite subjects and Formula 1 did not escape his attention.
The Sigma Grand Prix is the result of research carried out by an international team of experts and incorporates features which, at the time, were considered absolutely cutting-edge but are now standard fare.
These included multi-layer fuel tanks and an onboard fire extinguishing system.
Ferrari Modulo (1970)
The Italian carrozzeria produced a veritable explosion of controversial and innovative forms to cloth the new mid-engined architecture of the competition cars of the late 1960s.
The Modulo marks the pinnacle of Pininfarina’s obsession with achieving ever-simpler and idealized forms. Little remains of a conventional car or its functionality – even the wheels have almost disappeared under a fairing that actually prevents it making sharp turns.
The whole effect is of a spacecraft inspired by the science fiction film 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Ferrari Pinin (1980)
Pininfarina decided to create a genuinely different Ferrari to celebrate its 50th anniversary: a four-door saloon powered by a V12 engine. This was a wholly unexpected and unprecedented concept because Prancing Horse cars had always and only ever had two doors.
The design itself was flawlessly sober with certain signature elements introduced that would become popular only many years later, including the famous single-frame front grille, flush glass windows and a sleekly tapered tail section.
The design was such that, after months of research, there was a temptation to actually put it into production and a real prototype, displayed in this exhibition, was actually built.
However, the project was eventually permanently shelved at the specific request of Enzo Ferrari himself who did not want to introduce such a massive departure as he felt it would have changed the company’s image.
Ferrari Mythos (1989)
Luca di Montezemolo’s mission to ensure Ferrari’s successful transition into the new millennium via new technologies and forms was hinted at in this concept car which is both a return and an homage to the radical excesses of the most prolific era of Italian design. In fact, it became something of a manifesto for the Ferraris of the next decade.
The Mythos’ proportions were pushed to the extreme and the result was compact front volumes set against an imposing rear section. A truly sculptural and three-dimensional take on the classic barchetta.
Ferrari 275 GTB4 (1964)
A high performance berlinetta built for the road, the 275 GTB is one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time and a huge favourite with enthusiasts and collectors alike. Its design, which was quite conservative for the day, really has become a timeless classic because of its perfect proportions and brilliantly fluid surfaces. Its engine capacity, referred to in the 275 of its name, was 3,300 cc. The model on show here is the 1966 GTB4 version.
Ferrari Dino 206 GT (1967)
Ferrari opened its arms to the rear-mounted engine under the Dino name which used engines of under 12- cylinders. This meant that Pininfarina could finally pour all of the research he had done with the 1965 prototype into a production car, adapting the front end to road use whilst remaining true to his original ideas: pronounced wings, dihedral flanks with a long air-intake scoop, concave back screen and perfect Kamm tail. The Dino 206 GT was the first mid-rear-engined car built in Maranello and, given Enzo Ferrari’s aversion to this layout, it is probably no surprise that it sported the Dino rather than the Ferrari badge on its bonnet.
Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe Speciale (1967)
The 330 GTC exudes a sophisticated, minimalist elegance and, as a result, was one of Sergio Pininfarina’s personal favourites.
The version exhibited here is a unique example with a completely separate stylistic language which offers a twist on several themes broached by the Dino on front-engined running gear: the ovoid radiator grille on the nose, unapologetic dihedral along the flank and, most of all, the concave curved rear screen.
Ferrari 365 GTS4 Daytona Spider (1969)
The Daytona brought a new formal language to classic front-engined architecture, a language that was the direct result of experimentation done with the show prototypes.
It featured tighter and more integrated surfaces that were less concave, while the headlamps are more characterful and the front grille subtler and more slender.
The spider version is particularly rare and sought-after.
Ferrari BB Berlinetta Boxer (1971)
When it came to designing the first mid-engined Ferrari 12-cylinder, Pininfarina remained faithful to his philosophy of creating exquisite balance and simplicity, and, rather than taking his inspiration from the more radical prototypes he’d developed in previous years, created a road-going version of the P6.
The model seen here is the first prototype which was built in 1971.
Production would only begin two years later on what became officially known as the 365 GT4 BB. This model was a something of a milestone in Ferrari history as 20 years would go by before another front-engined 12-cylinder two-seater would emerge from Maranello.
Ferrari Testarossa (1984)
The Testarossa is one of the most extrovert Ferraris ever built and was created specifically to be gloriously eye-catching, brilliantly interpreting the spirit of the 1980s.
It featured stacked volumes, very broad tail section, large straked air-intakes on its sides, a grille integrated into the front bumper and horizontally-slatted louvers hiding the rectangular tail lights.
These new styling cues only served to underscore the car’s powerful presence.
But behind each one was also a specific technical choice and the car’s shape was designed to deliver unprecedented mechanical and aerodynamic performance.
Ferrari 456 GT (1992)
Aggressive yet sublimely elegant, the 456 GT cleverly hid seating for four beneath a sports berlinetta exterior. Its harmonious design cherry-picked inspirations from everything from the Mythos concept car to the legendary Daytona, but was a seamless blend of past and future, making it an instant classic perfectly in line with Sergio Pininfarina’s purist aesthetic philosophy. The model shown in this exhibition is the modified (M) version from 1998.
Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina (2000)
The 12-cylinder engine returned to its classic front-mounted position in Ferrari’s most powerful production car, the 550 Maranello, which boasted the seductive proportions of the 275 GTB with an extra whiff of the track in this barchetta with its pronounced roll-over hoops. An imposing bonnet with an attractive grille, pulled-back cockpit and powerfully dynamic wings all hark back to the blisteringly fast sports cars of the past. Ferrari built this strictly limited edition barchetta as an homage to Pininfarina.
360 Barchetta LDM (2000)
The car on show in this exhibition is a unique barchetta take on the 360 Spider commissioned Giovanni Agnelli as a wedding gift for Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo. The 360 Modena itself had hailed a major turning point in terms of innovation, design and technology. For the first time, the classic Ferrari front grille was replaced by two intakes reminiscent of those sported by the F1 car from 1961. In the finest Pininfarina-Ferrari tradition, that decision was influenced by aerodynamic and functional demands. The 360 Modena was also the first all-aluminium Ferrari.
Ferrari Enzo (2002)
When it came to designing its new generation super car, Maranello turned for inspiration to the Formula 1 single-seater in which Michael Schumacher was clocking up an astonishing string of victories. Decisive, geometric forms, air vents on the front bonnet that create a tapering nose section that closely resembles the single-seater – all these elements set the Enzo apart from the sinuously flowing lines of the other Ferraris.
Ferrari SA Aperta (2010)
The 599 GTB Fiorano was the last Ferrari design that was supervised from start to finish by Sergio Pininfarina. His experience and taste added an inimitable touch of elegance to a deliberately aggressive and extreme design. Ferrari created this particular SA Aperta special series model with barchetta bodywork as an homage to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.
Ferrari 250 MM (1953)
The spectacularly successful 250 series of models dominated both track and road for 11 years, and received its baptism of fire in the famous Brescian road race, the Mille Miglia after which this model is named. After its debut, the MM version of the 250 became something of a racing star but was followed by the 250 GT Berlinetta (Tour de France), the 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto, or short wheelbase as it is now generally known, the GTO and, last but not least, the LM and the P. Its compact lines exude a sense of perfect harmony and, like all the cars of its day, it was designed solely with performance in mind.
Ferrari 375 MM Spider (1953)
This was the classic 1950s sports car, built to blister the roads as well as the track. The aggressive yet elegant 375 MM is basically a racing car that’s as good-looking as any show car. Its sleek bonnet seems to go on forever and its air-intake is set like a diamond between the two bumpers, while the lines of the flanks flow back to form a kind of a wasp waist in front of the rear wheels. All of the car’s many elements meld effortlessly in a wonderfully dynamic, flawlessly executed design.
Ferrari 500 Mondial Berlinetta (1954)
This is a racing car given a compact berlinetta look that exudes the harmony of the open-top sports cars of the same category. Compact and functional, it is a genuine racer with no concessions to superfluous bells and whistles. The proportions and treatment of the cabin and the flanks also introduced themes that would be fully developed in the models that followed.
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta (SWB, 1959)
The archetypical Ferrari par excellence and a seamless marriage of GT and track car that would later be made impossible by technical developments and rule changes. Perfectly proportioned with simple yet powerful surfaces and pared-down decorative touches: a timelessly beautiful car. Sergio Pininfarina wanted an example for his company’s collection but the one seen here was raced by Stirling Moss in the famous Tourist Trophy.
Ferrari 250 LM (1963)
Designed to take the place of the much celebrated and hugely successful 250 GTO in competition, the LM was the model that saw the Ferrari engine shift from front to mid-rear position. Its forms were dictated by aerodynamic necessities. The result is truly original with a rather high greenhouse pushed forward on the body by the rear-mounted engine. A profiled bonnet with faired-in headlamps and a Kamm tail with a full- width spoiler also improved aerodynamic efficiency.
Ferrari 512 BB LM (1979)
The efficiency of the design and engineering of Ferrari’s cars meant that even those originally penned for road use made a successful transition to the track. The 512 BB LM, in fact, was a constant presence in the toughest endurance races at the end of the 1970s. In this particular case, however, Pininfarina wasn’t so much the bodywork designer as an aerodynamics expert as it opened the first full-size wind tunnel in Italy in 1972.
“This exhibition” – said Paolo Pininfarina – “is the best way to honor my Father and confirm the role of Pininfarina as a bearer of aesthetic values of Italian design all over the world. The dialectic exchange between Ferrari and a design house such as Pininfarina, today the only independent Italian coachbuilder, has helped to define the most beautiful cars of all times in an evolution that has lasted 60 years and is still going on. The masterpieces on display in Maranello are already part of the history, but it’s in the cars of recent years that you find the expression of the consistency and continuity that result in the design of the current range and in our ongoing daily commitment to support the development of future products”.
Sergio Pininfarina (1926-2012)
Sergio Pininfarina was born in Turin on September 8, 1926. He graduated in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic of Torino in 1950, then he began his career in the family firm, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina; in 1960, he undertook the responsibility of General Manager of the firm; in 1961 he became also Managing Director and in 1966, at his father’s death, he took over the Chairmanship of the Company; in 2006 he became Honorary Chairman.
In 1961, the President of the Italian Republic, Giovanni Gronchi, changed by decree the name Farina in Pininfarina. In 2005 he was appointed Life Senator for honouring the Country by high merits in the social field.
Among the most significant stages of his activity in Pininfarina: from 1955 to 1958, the planning and the construction of new facilities at Grugliasco (Torino); the construction of the new Studies and Research Centre inaugurated in 1966; in 1972, the Wind Tunnel on 1:1 scale started its activities, the first in Italy and one of the few in the world; in 1979, Pininfarina took the form of an holding Company; in 1982, a new company “Pininfarina Studi e Ricerche S.p.A.” was settled at Cambiano (Torino); in 1986, a new plant in San Giorgio Canavese – near Turin – started operating; in the same year, Pininfarina successfully entered the Italian Stock Exchange; in 1986, with the setting up the company “Pininfarina Extra S.r.l.”, the Pininfarina Group enlarged its design activities towards all the areas of the industrial design, beyond the traditional one of the means of transport; in 1987 a new plant in Bairo Canavese is acquired; in 1991 “Pininfarina Deutschland GmbH” was set up; in 2002 it is inaugurated in Cambiano the new Engineering Centre; in 2003 the incorporation of the new Company “Pininfarina Sverige AB”.
Main past positions include:
• From 1974 to 1977 he has been professor of “Car Body Design” at the Polytechnic of Torino. President of the Industrial Association of Torino (1978-1984);
• Member of the European Parliament (1979-1988);
• President of the Federation of Industrial Associations of Piedmont (1983-1988);
• President of International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (1987-1989);
• President of Confindustria (1988-1992);
• Board Member of AUME (Association for the Monetary Union of Europe, 1989-1997);
• Vice President of UNICE (Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe, 1990-1994);
• President of Comitato Leonardo – Italian Quality Committee (1993-1996);
• Co-President of “Comitato per la Direttrice Ferroviaria Europea Transpadana” (1991-2001);
• President of Banca CRT (2001-2002);
• Chief of the Italian delegation in the Intergovernmental Italian- French Commission for the new high-speed railway link between Lyon and Turin (2001-2005);
• Chairman FIDIA S.p.A. (1996-2006);
• Co-President Italy-Japan Business Group (2004-2007);
• Chairman Editrice La Stampa S.p.A. (2004-2008);
• Member of the Board of Directors of Ferrari S.p.A. (1969-2011).
Sergio Pininfarina received numerous honours. The main are: he was appointed “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic (1976); Légion d’Honneur (Chevalier, 1979, and Officier, 1997), “Honorary Royal Designer for Industry” (1983), Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (1988), Designer Lifetime Achievement Award (1991), Super Trophée de l’”Automobile Magazine” (1992), “Guglielmo Tagliacarne” award (1994) , the “Italy in the World” award (1994), the Career Award Compasso d’Oro (1995), the “France-Italie” Award (1997), “Lion d’Oro” (1998), “Trophée du design” (1998), Premio Leonardo (1999), “Head of the Century in the International Automotive Hall of Fame” (2001), the award “Torino libera” (2001), Business and Culture Award (2003), Palme d’Or du Festival Automobile International (2005), Automotive Hall of Fame of Dearborn, Michigan (2007); European Automotive Hall of Fame of Geneva (2008).
He received 4 Honorary Degrees: in 1993 the Honorary Degree in Economics and Commerce by the LUISS-Rome; in 2002 the one of the Royal College of Art of London and the one in Industrial Design of the Polytechnic of Milano; in 2004 the one as Doctor of Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies-CCS of Detroit.
Sergio Pininfarina passed away in Turin on July 2 2012.
(Source: Ferrari, Pininfarina)