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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Legendary designer Pininfarina dies in road accident

Chassis company head Andrea Pininfarina, often a collaborator of Ferrari, was killed in a road accident when his Vespa collided with an automobile near Turin. He was 51.

His family firm, started by his grandfather in 1930, was heavily involved in Ferrari designs since the 1950s, as well as Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Ford. He took over as general manager in 1988.

“Italy has lost one of its symbols of industry,” The Daily Mail quotes Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. “He was part of a dynasty that made the phrase Made in Italy known throughout the world.”

He recently stepped down from a position under Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.

“With Andrea Pininfarina I have lost a great friend and outstanding business partner,” di Montezemolo. “Together we shared years of work and successes with the Ferrari cars he designed. He was a man of great humanity and in this moment of deep sorrow my heart goes out to his parents, his wife, children, brothers and all his collaborators at Pininfarina.”

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