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Battista Farina

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Battista Pininfarina
Battista Pininfarina
Battista
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Battista "Pinin" Farina (later Battista Pininfarina; 2 November 1893, Cortanze, Italy – 3 April 1966, Lausanne, Switzerland) was an Italian automobile designer and the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company, a name associated with many well known postwar cars.

Early life

Battista Farina was born in Cortanze, Italy. The tenth of eleven children, his nickname, "Pinin" (the youngest/smallest (brother), in Piedmontese), referred to his being the baby of the family, and in later years it also referred to his short stature of 5 feet (1.52 meters). He started working in his brother Giovanni's body shop at the age of 12, and it was there that his interest in cars was born. He stayed at Giovanni's Stabilimenti Farina for decades, learning bodywork and beginning to design his own cars.

Carrozzeria Pininfarina and career

He formed Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1930 to focus on design and construction of new car bodies, and quickly gained prominence. Only Carrozzeria Touring was more sought-after in the 1930s. His work for Ferrari, starting in 1952, would become his most famous though much of it was managed by his son, Sergio, who ran the firm until shortly before his death, on 3 July 2012. Some time in the early 1950s, Stabilimenti Farina was absorbed into the by now much larger Carrozzeria Pininfarina.

Duetto by Battista Pininfarina
Duetto by Battista Pininfarina

The last design he contributed to was the 1600 Duetto for Alfa Romeo[1] with Aldo Brovarone, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966. He died less than a month later, on 3 April.

Personal life and family

He officially changed his name to "Battista Pininfarina" in 1961. The change was authorized by the President of the Italian Republic, acting on a proposal made by the Minister of Justice.

His nephew, Nino Farina, was the first Formula One world champion.

Honours and namesakes

See also

References

  1. ^ Mitchell, Paul (November 2016). "Marking a Half Century of the Alfa Romeo Duetto". Sports Car Market. 28 (11): 70.

External links

This page was last edited on 4 January 2021, at 17:04
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