Pininfarina S.p.A. (short for Carrozzeria Pininfarina) is an Italian car design firm and coachbuilder, with headquarters in Cambiano, (Metropolitan City of Turin), Italy. It was founded by Battista "Pinin" Farina in 1930. On 14 December 2015, Mahindra Group acquired Pininfarina S.p.A. for about €168 million.[2]

Pininfarina is employed by a wide variety of automobile manufacturers to design vehicles. These firms have included long-established customers such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, GM, Lancia, and Maserati, to emerging companies in the Asian market with Chinese manufactures like AviChina, Chery, Changfeng, Brilliance, and JAC and VinFast in Vietnam and Korean manufacturers Daewoo and Hyundai.

Since the 1980s Pininfarina has also designed high-speed trains, buses, trams, rolling stocks, automated light rail cars, people movers, yachts, airplanes, and private jets. With the 1986 creation of "Pininfarina Extra" it has consulted on industrial design, interior design, architecture, and graphic design.

Pininfarina was run by Battista's son Sergio Pininfarina until 2001, then his grandson Andrea Pininfarina until his death in 2008. After Andrea's death, his younger brother Paolo Pininfarina was appointed as CEO.[3]

At its height in 2006 the Pininfarina Group employed 2,768 with subsidiary company offices throughout Europe, as well as in Morocco and the United States. As of 2012 with the end of series automotive production, employment has shrunk to 821. Pininfarina is registered and publicly traded on the Borsa Italiana (Milan Stock Exchange).

Pininfarina S.p.A.
Società per Azioni
Traded asBITPINF
IndustryAutomotive and Design
FoundedTurin, Italy (May 23, 1930)
FounderBattista Farina
Key people
ServicesAutomotive design
€20.5 million (2016)[1]
Number of employees
578 (2016)[1]
ParentMahindra Group (76.06%)
Pininfarina 1
Pininfarina Design Center


The days as a specialist coachbuilder

Battista 'Pinin' Farina and his son Sergio, ca. 1950
Battista "Pinin" Farina and his son Sergio, c. 1950

When automobile designer and builder Battista "Pinin" Farina broke away from his brother's coach building firm, Stabilimenti Farina, in 1928, he founded "Carrozzeria Pinin Farina" with financial help from his wife's family and Vincenzo Lancia. That first year the firm employed eighteen and built 50 automobile bodies.[4]

On 22 May 1930 papers were filed to become a corporation, Società anonima Carrozzeria Pinin Farina headquartered in Turin, Italy, at 107 Corso Trapani.[5][6] During the 1930s, the company built bodies for Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Isotta Fraschini, Hispano-Suiza, Fiat, Cadillac, and Rolls-Royce.[7] With its close relationship with Lancia, the pioneer of the monocoque in automobile design, Farina became the first coachbuilder to build bodies for the new technique also known as unibody construction. This development happened in the mid-1930s when others saw the frameless construction as the end of the independent coachbuilder.[8]

In 1939, World War II ended automobile production, but the company had 400 employees building 150 bodies a month. The war effort against the Allies brought work making ambulances and searchlight carriages.[4] The Pinin Farina factory was destroyed by Allied bombers ending the firm's operations.[9]

After World War II

Cisitalia 202 - Museo Torino
Cisitalia 202 - Museo Torino
Nash-Healey roadster black
Nash-Healey roadster

After the war, Italy was banned from the 1946 Paris Motor Show. The Paris show was attended by 809,000 visitors (twice the pre-war figure), queues stretched from the main gate all the way to the Seine.[10] Pinin Farina and his son Sergio, determined to defy the ban, drove two of their cars (an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S and a Lancia Aprilia cabriolet) from Turin to Paris, and found a place at the entrance to the exhibition to display the two new creations. The managers of the Grand Palais said of the display, "the devil Pinin Farina", but to the press and the public it was the successful "Turin coachbuilder's anti-salon".[11]

At the end of 1945 the Cisitalia 202 Coupé was designed. An elegantly proportioned design with a low hood, it is the car that usually is given credit for establishing Pinin Farina's reputation.[12] The Pinin Farina design was honored in the Museum of Modern Art's landmark presentation "Eight Automobiles" in 1951.[13] A total of 170 Coupés were produced by Pinin Farina.

The publicity of the Museum of Modern Art exhibit brought Pinin Farina to the attention of Nash-Kelvinator managers.[4] The subsequent cooperation with Nash Motors resulted in high-volume production of Pinin Farina designs and provided a major entry into the United States market. In 1952, Farina visited the U.S. for the unveiling of his design for the Nash Ambassador and Statesman lines, which, although they did carry some details of Pinin Farina's design, were largely designed by Nash's then-new in-house styling staff when the original Farina-designed model proved unsuited to American tastes, exhibiting a popular 1950s appearance called "ponton". The Nash-Healey sports car body was, however, completely designed and assembled in limited numbers from 1952 to 1954 at Pinin Farina's Turin facilities. Nash heavily advertised its link to the famous Italian designer, much as Studebaker promoted its longtime association with Raymond Loewy. As a result of Nash's million advertising campaign, Pinin Farina became well known in the U.S.[4]

Pinin Farina also built the bodies for the limited-series Cadillac Eldorado Brougham for General Motors in 1959 and 1960, assembled them and sent them back to the U.S. There were 99 Broughams built in 1959 and 101 in 1960. A similar arrangement was repeated in the late 1980s when Pininfarina designed (and partially assembled) the Cadillac Allanté at the San Giusto Canavese factory. The car bodies were assembled and painted in Italy before being flown from the Turin International Airport to Detroit for final vehicle assembly.

The Ferrari partnership

It started in 1951 with a meeting at a restaurant in Tortona, a small town halfway between Turin and Modena. This neutral territory was chosen because neither Farina nor Enzo Ferrari wanted to meet at the other's headquarters. Pinin’s son, Sergio Pininfarina recalled, "It is not difficult to imagine how I felt that afternoon when my father, without taking his eyes off the road for one moment told me his decision as we drove back to Turin: "From now on you'll be looking after Ferrari, from A to Z. Design, engineering, technology, construction—the lot!"—I was over the moon with happiness." "[14]

Since that meeting the only road-going production Ferraris not designed by Pininfarina are the 1973 Dino 308 GT4 and 2013's LaFerrari.[15] Their relationship was so close that Pininfarina became a partner of Ferrari in "Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC", the organization that ran Ferrari's race team from 1961–1989,[16] Pinin was a vice president of Ferrari,[17] and Sergio later sat on Ferrari's board of directors.[18]

Ferrari does not sell new cars by Pininfarina in 2018. The last penned by Pininfarina was the Ferrari F12berlinetta which was produced 2012–17.

The move to large-scale manufacturing

In 1954 to 1955 Pinin Farina purchased land in Grugliasco, outside of Turin, for a new factory. "The factory in no way would look like the one of Corso Trapani. It would be a car no longer on my measurements but on those of my children, built looking like them; I had this in mind and wanted it," said Farina.

Around the same time, Alfa Romeo accepted Pininfarina's design over Bertone for the new Giulietta Spider. The Alfa was the first vehicle that Pinin Farina produced in large numbers, in fact Alfa Romeo chose Pinin Farina to produce the Spider in large part because they felt confident that they could produce 20 cars a day for a run of 1,000 bodies. The Spider was a huge success for Alfa Romeo and Pinin Farina. Max Hoffman the importer for the United States said he could sell as many as they could make. In 1956, the first year of production, they produced 1025 units which then expanded to over 4,000 in 1959 the first full year of the new Grugliasco factory.[19]

The second generation of leadership

Starting with the planning for the new plant in Grugliasco in 1956, Pinin started to groom his replacements–Sergio his son and Renzo Carli his son-in-law. To his heirs apparent, Pinin said of the Corso Trapani facility "This old plant has reached the limits of its growth. It has no room for expansion and is far from being up to date. If I were alone I'd leave it as it is. But I want you to decide which way to go–to stay as we are or to enlarge. Either way is fine with me. It's your decision to make and I don't want to know what it is. I'm finished and it's your time to take over. The future is absolutely up to you."[8] In 1958, upon leaving for a world tour Pinin added "In my family we inherit our legacies from live people–not from the dead."[8][20]

Change of corporate name to Pininfarina

In 1961 at the age of 68, “Pinin” Farina formally turned his firm over to his son Sergio and his son-in-law, Renzo Carli, it was the same year that the President of Italy formally authorized the change of Farina’s last name to Pininfarina and the business took on the same name.

Pininfarina was run by Battista's grandson Andrea Pininfarina from 2001 until his death in 2008. Andrea's younger brother Paolo Pininfarina was then appointed as successor.[3]

Modernizing for a new world

Starting in the mid-1960s, Pininfarina started to make investments in the science of automotive design, a strategy to differentiate itself from the other Italian coachbuilders.

In 1966, Pininfarina opened the Studies and Research Centre (Studi e Ricerche) in Grugliasco. The research centre occupied 8,000 sq. metres (2 acres) and employed 180 technicians capable of producing 25 prototypes a year.[21]

The Calculation and Design Centre was set up in 1967, the first step in a process of technological evolution which, during the 1970s, would take Pininfarina into the lead in automated bodywork design.[22]

Then in 1972 construction of a full-sized wind tunnel was completed. The project was started in 1966. When it opened, it not only was the first wind tunnel with the ability to test full-sized cars in Italy, but also one of the first in the world with this ability.[22] To put this foresight in perspective, GM's full-sized wind tunnel didn't open until 1980.[23]

New infrastructure and expansion

The 1980s started a period of expansion for Pininfarina.

In 1982, the company opened “Pininfarina Studi e Ricerche" in Cambiano. It was separate from the factory and wind tunnel in Grugliasco, to keep design and research activities independent from manufacturing. On 14 October 2002, Pininfarina inaugurated a new engineering centre. The new facility, which was built at the Cambiano campus, to give greater visibility and independence to the engineering operations.

In 1983, Pininfarina reached an agreement with General Motors to design and build the Cadillac Allanté. The Allanté project led to the building of the San Giorgio factory in 1985.[24]

In 1996, Mitsubishi entered into talks for Pininfarina build their new compact SUV, the Pajero, in Italy. While Mitsubishi recognized Pininfarina's expertise in design and engineering, the reason for choosing them was that manufacturing costs were half of those in Germany.[25] After entering into an agreement in 1996, Pininfarina purchased an industrial site at Bairo Canavese near Turin, Italy. in April 1997, Bairo Canavese was dedicated to the production of the new Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin.

Pininfarina Sverige AB in Uddevalla, Sweden, was established in 2003 as a joint venture (JV) between Volvo Cars and Pininfarina to produce a new Volvo convertible that will be sold in Europe and the United States. The JV is owned 60% by Pininfarina and 40% by Volvo.[26] The C70 model designed by Volvo's John Kinsey—was launched on 13 April 2006, sharing the Volvo P1 platform used in the S40.

New economic realities

In April 2008, after three years of serious losses totaling 115 million euros at the end of 2007,[27] Pininfarina made the first of several moves to raise capital and restructure its enormous debt:

29 April 2008

Pininfarina announced Piero Ferrari, Alberto Bombassei (chairman of Brembo), and the Marsiaj family (founders of the Sabelt seatbelt company), will join with Vincent Bolloré, a French financier, and Ratan Tata, head of India's Tata Group conglomerate, who already announced their plans to invest. The five would together invest million. Funding would come through the sale of stock to other investors. The Pininfarina family was willing to reduce its share from 55% to 30%, which would still be enough to secure a controlling interest.[28]

31 December 2008

On 31 December 2008, Pininfarina announced a debt restructuring that would require the family to sell its stake in the company. The agreement was made after Pininfarina's value dropped 67 per cent during 2008, and it then had a market capitalization of about €36 million. It had total debts of €598 million at the end of November. Of that amount, €555 million was the subject of the debt restructuring agreement that was agreed on with a consortium of banks.[29]

24 March 2009

Pincar, Pininfarina's family holding company, announced it has hired investment bank Leonardo & Co. to find a buyer for its 50.6% stake in Pininfarina per the debt restructuring agreement reached in December.[30]

4 January 2011

Pininfarina released a statement saying that it is still gathering "possible offers from potential buyers," adding it would release more information when it was appropriate.

Company sources added, the family will not sell its entire 50.7% stake but that Pincar would no longer be a majority shareholder.[31]

14 February 2012

An agreement with creditor banks including Intesa Sanpaolo, UniCredit, Mediobanca and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena to restructure net debt of 76 million euros is on track and will be reached in the coming months, said three sources close to the situation. "The debt situation is stable and the talks are not contentious, so there is no hurry," said one of the sources, speaking on condition anonymity. "The agreement will fix the capital structure for the foreseeable future."

When finalised, the debt accord will give control of the family's 77 % stake to its creditor banks, ending the Pininfarina family's ownership.

The deal will close a chapter that began in 2008 when the banks swapped 180 million euros in debt in exchange for a promise of proceeds from a future sale of part of the Pininfarina's family stake.

But no takers materialised. Potential buyers were not willing to acquire a design company when they can easily contract its services, said one of the people familiar with the situation.[32]

15 February 2012

In a statement released on 15 February, the Cambiano-based company, which owes over million to a number of Italian banks, said its debt repayment date has been extended to 2018, from 2015.

The agreement, which will be signed in the next few weeks, will also see the company take advantage of interest rates “significantly lower than [current] market rates”. With the new debt restructuring deal with its creditors Pininfarina will remain under the control of the Pininfarina family.[33]

16 May 2012

Automotive News reported Pininfarina projects will be profitable in 2012, thanks in part to debt restructuring. The Italian design studio hasn't be in profit in eight years, but signed a deal in April to restructure million in debt. The move effectively stretched the studio's repayment deadline from 2015 to 2018. At the same time, Pininfarina announced it will likely see an operating loss this year, but a one-time gain of million will result in the net profit. The preceding year, the company lost million in the first quarter, though that figure has dropped to just under million during Q1 2012.

Pininfarina also saw its net revenue increase by million.[34]

26 March 2013

Pininfarina in the black for first time since 2004 Italian design house Pininfarina predicted last May that it would face an operating loss for 2012 but still come out with a net profit. Both predictions came true: the company is reporting an operating loss of 8.2 million euros and a net profit of 32.9 million euros.

According to Reuters, the good news came because of a debt restructuring arranged the preceding year that gave the company three more years to repay its million in debt, and a one-time gain of approximately 45 million euros. It is the company's first profit since 2004.[35]

Acquisition by Mahindra group (2015–present)

Mahindra Group, owner of Indian automobile company Mahindra & Mahindra agreed to buy Italian car designer Pininfarina SpA in a deal worth about 168 million euros.[2]

Mahindra group, together with affiliate Tech Mahindra, have 76 % stake from holding company Pincar for 25.3 million euros. The Indian company will offer the same price for the remaining stock. In addition to buying stock, Mahindra will invest 20 million euros in Pininfarina and provide a guarantee to creditors of 114.5 million euros.

Corporate Governance (2016)

  • President: Paolo Pininfarina
  • CEO - General Manager: Silvio Pietro Angori
  • Board of Directors: Gianfranco Albertini, Edoardo Garrone, Romina Guglielmetti, Licia Mattioli, Enrico Paraffini, Carlo Pavesio, Roberto Testore.
  • Statutory Auditors: Nicola Treves (president), Margherita Spaini, Giovanni Rayneri.

The end of car production operations

On December 10, 2011 Pininfarina announced it would end all automotive production. In truth production ended in November 2010 with the conclusion of the contract to produce the Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider at the San Giorgio plant.[36]

Grugliasco factory

Opened in 1958 with nearly 1,000 employees, by 1960 output exceeded 11,000 car bodies.[37] In 2009 Pininfarina sold the factory to Finpiemonte, the public finance of the Piedmont Region, at the price of 14.4 million euro. Finpiemonte, as part of the deal, leases the plant to Gian Mario Rossignol at a rent of per year for six years renewable.[38]

The Grugliasco sale did not include an adjacent structure that houses the wind tunnel.[39]

San Giorgio plant

Usine Pininfarina 406 coupe
Pininfarina factory producing the Peugeot 406 Coupé in San Giorgio Canavese, near Turin.

Opened in 1986 to build Cadillac Allante bodies for General Motors,[40] the same year Pininfarina was first listed on the Stock Exchange in Milan. Automotive production ended at San Giorgio with the conclusion of the Ford production in July 2010, and Alfa Romeo production in November 2010.[39]

Following the end of contract manufacturing activities San Giorgio Canavese is being used for production of spare parts for cars manufactured in the past.[41]

Bairo Canavese

Pininfarina opened its third manufacturing plant in 1997. Currently Pininfarina leases the plant and 57 employees to the Cecomp Group. This agreement to produce 4,000 electric Bolloré Bluecars runs from 1 April 2011 to 31 December 2013.[41] On 13 September 2013 a new lease agreement was announced, this new agreement will run from 1 January 2014 until the end of 2016.[42]

Uddevalla, Sweden Pininfarina Sverige AB

A joint venture between Pininfarina S.p.A. and Volvo Car Corporation began in 2003. Volvo and Pininfarina S.p.A. have agreed upon the termination of the joint venture agreement regarding Pininfarina Sverige AB and its operations in Uddevalla, Sweden. As of 31 December 2011 the termination this agreement would result in a 30 million euros fee paid to Pininfarina.[41]

On 25 June 2013 the last Volvo C70 was produced and the Uddevalla assembly plant was closed.[43]

Notable designers

Although Pininfarina rarely gave credit to individuals,[44] that policy seems to have changed in recent years[45] and many of the designers of the past have become known. As of 2016 Pininfarina employs 98 people in their design department,[46] that is down from 185 in 2005.[47]

Paolo martin at work
Paolo Martin at work
Pietro Camardella drawing Ferrari Mythos


Pininfarina designs, manufactures, assembles, and tests prototypes and production vehicles under contract for other automakers.

Past production

As of 10 December 2011 Pininfarina announced it would end all mass automotive production with the sale of its 40% stake in the Uddevalla, Sweden plant to Volvo in 2013. In the past Pininfarina has produced both cars and car-bodies under contract from other automakers. This production includes Pininfarina-designed cars and vehicles designed by others.

A sortable list of complete cars or car bodies manufactured in one of the five Pininfarina factories:

Notable car designs

Ferrari Dino berlinetta
Ferrari Dino berlinetta

Pre World War II

Before the war Pininfarina built car bodies mostly for individual customers, many of the bodies were "one offs" and not mass-produced.

Concept cars, prototypes and individual commissions

Vinfast Lux A 2.0, Paris Motor Show 2018, IMG 0366
Vinfast Lux A 2.0
Vinfast Lux SA 2.0, Paris Motor Show 2018, IMG 0671
Vinfast Lux SA 2.0

In addition to production vehicles, Pininfarina creates prototype, show, and custom cars for auto manufacturers, as well as private clients. Most prototypes—such as the Ferrari Mythos, were concept cars, although several have become production models, including the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and Ferrari F50.

A recent privately commissioned custom example was the Ferrari P4/5 of 2006, a one-car rebody (changing the exterior design) of the Enzo Ferrari according to the client's specifications. Its design began in September 2005 with sketches by Jason Castriota moving through computer aided sculpture and stringent wind tunnel testing. More than 200 components were designed especially for the car though the engine, drivetrain and many other components are simply modified from the original Enzo Ferrari. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unchanged from the Enzo it was derived from. The P4/5 was publicly revealed on 18 August 2006 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and shown again at the Paris Motor Show in late September. Another recent prototype is the Pininfarina Nido, a two-seater sub-compact that could possibly make airbags obsolete.

The Pininfarina B0 solar-electric concept, designed with Bolloré was shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show featuring a range between charges of more than 150 miles (241 km) with an electronically limited 88-mile-per-hour (142 km/h) top speed, and an estimated acceleration to 37 miles per hour (60 km/h) in 6.3 seconds.[126] The car has solar panels on the roof and on the nose, while its battery pack is said to last up to 125,000 miles (201,168 km).[127]

On 15 May 2013 Pininfarina announced the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé to be revealed on 24 May at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Pininfarina announced this one-off concept car as the first collaboration between BMW and Pininfarina,[128] but in 1949 BMW commissioned Pininfarina design and build a prototype of the BMW 501—it was rejected for being too modern.[129]

Production cars designed by Pininfarina

A list of Post WWII cars designed by Pininfarina that went into production.

Ika Torino 380 (1966) Argentina

Electric propulsion

Pininfarina Bolloré B0
Pininfarina B0

Pininfarina has an area dedicated to the new electric car Pininfarina Bolloré. Batteries are produced by the French Bolloré Group.[228]

Pininfarina, has introduced its own electric vehicle concept, the Pininfarina B0 (pronounced "B Zero"). The four-seat hatchback features a solid-state lithium-polymer battery, supercapacitors, and a roof- integrated solar panel to achieve a range of 153 miles (246 km). Developed in partnership with the Bolore Group, the vehicle was slated for limited production in 2009 as the Bolloré Bluecar.[229]

Pininfarina will display a turbine-powered plug-in hybrid called the Cambiano at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.[230]

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show Pininfarina revealed the H2 Speed, an electric sports car concept.[231] The H2 Speed is a hydrogen vehicle with two race-specification electric motors which are fed by a hydrogen fuel cell.[232] The hydrogen power unit was designed by Swiss company GreenGT.[233]

Automobili Pininfarina Battista

Pininfarina Battista Genf 2019 1Y7A5532
Pininfarina Battista

On 27 November 2018, it was announced that Automobili Pininfarina had invested over €20m in Pininfarina design services to support plans for its range of luxury electric cars.[234] This includes design and engineering services for the first Pininfarina-branded hyper performance car which is a luxury electric hypercar called the Battista (named after company founder Battista 'Pinin' Farina and originally codenamed PF0).[235] With four electric motors, the car is supposed to be able to reach 100 kph in under two seconds with a maximum velocity of 350 kph.[236] Automobili Pininfarina plans to reveal the car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.[236] Further details on the Battista surfaced on March 4, 2019. It has 1900 horsepower, and only 150 will be built. It is also related to the Rimac C Two.[237]

Other vehicles

Nautical design

  • Primatist Aerotop Pininfarina range:[238] G46, G53, B62,[239] G70.
  • Magnum Marine 80' Series [240]
  • Pershing 88' Pininfarina Limited Edition, a one-off body designed by Pininfarina. Yacht was used in a Visa Black Card commercial.[241]
  • Fincantieri Ottantacinque by Pininfarina Project.[242]
  • Schaefer 620 and 800 by Pininfarina, interiors.[243]
  • Persico Marine WallyCento Project.[244]
  • Azimut 65 Pininfarina.

Mass transport

SBB Re 460 Schottikon alternate crop
1991-1997 Re 460 locomotive and IC 2000 train

Other works

Bicycle designed by Pininfarina

Pininfarina also works with other companies such as SimpleTech for product design.[251]

Other Pininfarina product designs include the 2006 Winter Olympics torch, cauldron and medals, as well as major appliance collections for Gorenje.[252]

On December 1999, Pininfarina cooperated with Casio and designed a watch under its label, the G-Shock GE-2000.[253] However, the watch received negative critics from the fans due to its weak strap, which was vulnerable to breaks during normal use.[254]

Pininfarina logo on Coca-Cola Freestyle machine
Pininfarina logo on Coca-Cola Freestyle machine

Pininfarina was a design contractor for the development of Coca-Cola Freestyle.[255][256]


Pininfarina Extra, founded in 1986, is the Pininfarina Group design company which does not work in the transport sector. Examples include:

See also


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Ferrari (; Italian: [ferˈraːri]) is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer based in Maranello. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of Alfa Romeo's race division as Auto Avio Costruzioni, the company built its first car in 1940. However, the company's inception as an auto manufacturer is usually recognized in 1947, when the first Ferrari-badged car was completed.

In 2014 Ferrari was rated the world's most powerful brand by Brand Finance. In June 2018, the 1964 250 GTO became the most expensive car in history, setting an all-time record selling price of $70 million.Fiat S.p.A. acquired 50% of Ferrari in 1969 and expanded its stake to 90% in 1988. In October 2014 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) announced its intentions to separate Ferrari S.p.A. from FCA; as of the announcement FCA owned 90% of Ferrari.

The separation began in October 2015 with a restructuring that established Ferrari N.V. (a company incorporated in the Netherlands) as the new holding company of the Ferrari group and the subsequent sale by FCA of 10% of the shares in an IPO and concurrent listing of common shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Through the remaining steps of the separation, FCA's interest in Ferrari's business was distributed to shareholders of FCA, with 10% continuing to be owned by Piero Ferrari. The spin-off was completed on 3 January 2016.Throughout its history, the company has been noted for its continued participation in racing, especially in Formula One, where it is the oldest and most successful racing team, holding the most constructors championships (16) and having produced the highest number of drivers' championship wins (15). Ferrari road cars are generally seen as a symbol of speed, luxury and wealth.

Ferrari 330

The Ferrari 330 was a series of V12 powered automobiles produced by Ferrari in 2+2 GT Coupé, two-seat Berlinetta, spyder, and race car versions between 1963 and 1968.

The first, the 2+2 330 America, was a 250 GT/E with a larger 3.3 litre engine; the 330 GTC/GTS shared its chassis with the 275; the 330 GT 2+2 had its own chassis and bodywork; the mid-engined 330P racer was part of the Ferrari P series, produced in four models. Production ended in 1968 with the introduction of the Ferrari 365 series.

All 330 models used an evolution of the 400 Superamerica's 4.0 L Colombo V12 engine. It was substantially changed, with wider bore spacing and an alternator replacing a generator.

Ferrari 458

The Ferrari 458 Italia (Type F142) is a mid-engine sports car produced by the Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari. The 458 replaced the F430, and was first officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was succeeded by the 488, which was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari 550

The Ferrari 550 Maranello (Type F133) is a front-engine V12 2-seat grand tourer built by Ferrari from 1996 to 2001. The 550 Maranello marked Ferrari's return to a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout for its 2-seater 12-cylinder model, 23 years after the 365 GTB/4 Daytona had been replaced by the mid-engined Berlinetta Boxer.

In 2000, Ferrari introduced the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, a limited production roadster version of the 550, limited to just 448 examples. The 550 was replaced by the upgraded 575M Maranello in 2002.

Ferrari Modulo

The Ferrari 512S Modulo is a concept sports car designed by Paolo Martin of the Italian carozzeria Pininfarina, unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari Mythos

The Ferrari Mythos is a mid-engine, rear wheel drive concept car based on the mechanical underpinnings of the Ferrari Testarossa. Designed by Italian design house Pininfarina and developed by automobile manufacturer Ferrari, its world premiere was at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

The Ferrari P4/5 (officially known as the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina) is a one-off sports car made by Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari but redesigned by Pininfarina for film director and stock exchange magnate James Glickenhaus.

The car was initially an Enzo Ferrari but the owner James Glickenhaus preferred the styling of Ferrari's 1960s race cars, the P Series. The project cost Glickenhaus US$ 4 million and was officially presented to the public in August 2006 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elégance. Several websites were allowed to publish images of the clay model in July 2006.

Fiat 1200

Fiat 1200 was the name of three distinct models produced by Italian car manufacturer Fiat, all based on Fiat 1100 mechanicals. The first two were introduced in 1957, and replaced the TV (Turismo Veloce) variants at the top of the Fiat 1100 range: the 1200 Granluce, an upmarket small four-door saloon derived from the 1100, and the 1200 Spyder, an update of the previous 1100 TV Trasformabile 2-door roadster.

The 1200 Granluce was discontinued in 1961 when larger Fiat saloons were introduced, while the 1200 Trasformabile/Spyder was replaced in 1959 by the 1200 Cabriolet. This was a new Pininfarina design, later developed into the 1200 and 1500 Cabriolets.

Fiat 124 Sport Spider

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider is a convertible sports car marketed by Fiat for model years 1966-1985. Designed by and manufactured at the Italian carrozzeria Pininfarina factory, the monocoque, front-engine, rear drive Sport Spider debuted at the November 1966 Turin Auto Show with styling by Tom Tjaarda.

Fiat later marketed the car as the Spider 2000 (1979-1982). After being retired by FIAT, Pininfarina continued the production of the model under his own brand as Pininfarina Spider Azzura for the North American market and Pininfarina Spidereuropa for the European market for three more years, from 1983 until 1985.Honoring its legacy, in 2015 a successor of the Fiat 124 Spider was presented at the LA Auto Show.

Fiat Coupé

The Fiat Coupé, officially named the Coupé Fiat and internally designated as the type 175, was a two door, four seat coupé manufactured and marketed by Fiat between 1993 and 2000 across a single generation. The Coupé was introduced at Brussels Motor Show in 1993. and is noted for its distinctive, angular exterior design by Chris Bangle at Centro Stile Fiat. Its interior was designed by Pininfarina.

Fiat Pininfarina Cabriolet

The Fiat Pininfarina Cabriolet (tipo 118G) was a two-door, two passenger, front engine rear drive convertible manufactured by Pininfarina, and marketed by Fiat across two generations (1959-1963, 1964-1966), superseding the Fiat 1200 Spyder.

By the end of manufacture in 1966, total production had reached 34,211 with sporting versions (1500 S/1600 S), equipped with OSCA built twin cam engines, reaching a production of 3089. The Cabriolet was superseded by the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, introduced in 1966.

Lancia Flaminia

The Lancia Flaminia (Tipo 813/823/824/826) is a luxury car produced by Italian automaker Lancia from 1957 to 1970. It was Lancia's flagship model at that time, replacing the Aurelia. It was available throughout its lifetime as saloon, coupé and cabriolet. The Flaminia coupé and convertible were coachbuilt cars with bodies from several prestigious Italian coachbuilders. Four "presidential" stretched limousine Flaminias were produced by Pininfarina for use on state occasions.

There were 12,633 Flaminias sold over 13 years. Coupés outsold the four-door saloon, an unusual occurrence otherwise seen at the time only in American compact and midsize models whose coupé versions were standard factory models that cost the same or less than the sedan, while the Flaminia coupés' coachbuilt bodies made them considerably more expensive than the limousine-like Berlina.

List of Alfa Romeo concept cars

The following are some of the concept cars that have been made by the Italian Alfa Romeo company.

Years Model Factory Quantity
1946–1949 Maserati A6 1500 Turismo 107 Corso Trapani 58[78]
1947–1952 Cisitalia 202 107 Corso Trapani 170
1947–1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Cabriolet 107 Corso Trapani 64[79]
1948–1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet 107 Corso Trapani 25-30[80]
1948 Maserati A6 1500 Spider 107 Corso Trapani 2[81]
1950–1952 Lancia Aurelia B50 Cabriolet 107 Corso Trapani 265
1950–1958 Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupé 107 Corso Trapani 2,640[82]
1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Cabriolet 107 Corso Trapani 88[83]
1952–1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Coupé 107 Corso Trapani 100[84]
1952–1953 Ferrari 212 Inter cabriolet 107 Corso Trapani 2[85]
1952–1953 Ferrari 212 Inter coupé 107 Corso Trapani 11[85]
1952–1953 Lancia D20 coupé 107 Corso Trapani 7[86]
1952–1954 Nash-Healey 107 Corso Trapani 402[87]
1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider 107 Corso Trapani 15[88]
1953 Lancia D23 Spyder 107 Corso Trapani 4 (re-bodied D20s)[86][89]
1953-1954 Lancia D24 Spyder 107 Corso Trapani 6[86][90]
1954-1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT 107 Corso Trapani 28[91]
1954–1957 Fiat 1100 TV Coupé 107 Corso Trapani 126[92]
1954–1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America 107 Corso Trapani 240
1954 Lancia D25 Spyder 107 Corso Trapani 4 (re-bodied D24s)[86][93]
1954 Maserati A6 GCS/53 Berlinetta 107 Corso Trapani 4[94]
1956 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider 107 Corso Trapani 521
1956–1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider 107 Corso Trapani 5,493[95]
1957–1959 Lancia Appia Pinin Farina Coupé 2 +2 Series II 302
1958–1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé Pinin Farina Grugliasco 335
1959–1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Grugliasco 11,503[96]
1959–1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Grugliasco 200
1959–1967 Lancia Flaminia Coupé Grugliasco 5,236[97]
1960–1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Grugliasco 955 including prototypes[98]
1961–1968 Peugeot 404 Coupé and Cabriolet Grugliasco 17,223 ( 10,389 Cabriolets, 6,834 Coupés)
1962–1971 Lancia Flavia Coupé Grugliasco 26,084[99]
1962–1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider Grugliasco 10,336[100]
1963 Ferrari 330 America Grugliasco 50[101]
1964-1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Grugliasco 1080[102]
1966–1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Duetto 1600 Spider Grugliasco 6,322[103]
1966-1968 Ferrari 330 GTC Grugliasco 604[104]
1966-1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Grugliasco 100[105]
1966–1985 Fiat 124 Sport Spider Grugliasco 198,120[106]
1966–1972 Fiat Dino Spider Grugliasco 1,583[107]
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Coupé Speciale Grugliasco 3[108]
1968–1972 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider 1300 and 1600 Junior Grugliasco 4,913[109]
1968–1972 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce Grugliasco 8,920[110]
1969–1983 Peugeot 504 Coupé Grugliasco 22,975[111]
1969–1983 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet Grugliasco 8,191[111]
1971–1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Grugliasco 505[112]
1971–1975 Lancia 2000 Coupé Grugliasco
1971–1976 Fiat 130 Coupé Grugliasco 4,491[113]
1974–1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo Cabrio Grugliasco 4,375
1975–1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo Coupé Grugliasco 3,203
1976–1984 Lancia Gamma Coupé Grugliasco 6,790[113]
1976–1985 Ferrari 400 Grugliasco 1,808
1981–1984 Lancia Beta Coupé HPE Grugliasco 18.917[113]
1981 Lancia 037 Grugliasco 220
1981–1985 Peugeot Talbot Samba Cabriolet Grugliasco 13,062[114]
1981–1986 Fiat Campagnola Grugliasco 15,198[113]
1984–1993 Ferrari Testarossa Grugliasco / San Giorgio[115] -
1984–1986 Alfa Romeo 33 Giardinetta Grugliasco 12,238
1984–1993 Peugeot 205 Cabriolet Grugliasco 72,125[116]
1985–1989 Ferrari 412 & 412 GT Grugliasco 576
1986–1993 Cadillac Allanté San Giorgio Canavese 21,430
1992–1996 Ferrari 456 GT 1435[113]
1993–2000 Fiat Coupé 72,762
1993–2002 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet San Giorgio Canavese 77,824[113]
1996–1999 Bentley Azure Mark I Convertible 895[113]
1996–2000 Lancia Kappa SW 9,208
1996–2004 Peugeot 406 Coupé San Giorgio Canavese 107,633[113]
1999–2005 Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin Bairo Canavese and Grugliasco 68,555[117]
2000–2004 Alfa Romeo GTV & Spider 916 series San Giorgio Canavese 15,788[113]
2002 Pininfarina Argento Vivo 4–5
2002–2005 Ford Streetka Bairo Canavese 37,076[118]
2005 Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina 1
2005–2010 Alfa Romeo Brera San Giorgio Canavese 21,786
2006–2010 Alfa Romeo Spider San Giorgio Canavese 12,488
2006–2010 Ford Focus Coupé Cabriolet Bairo Canavese 36,374[119]
2006–2013 Volvo C70 II Uddevalla, Sweden
2006–2008 Mitsubishi Colt CZC Bairo Canavese 16,695
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