Sergio Pininfarina

Sergio Pininfarina

Italian automobile designer and senator for life
Date of Birth: 08.09.1926
Country: Italy

Biography of Sergio Pininfarina

Sergio Pininfarina, an Italian automotive designer and lifelong senator, was born in Turin, Italy. He began working with cars at his father's company, Carrozzeria Pininfarina, which was founded by the legendary Italian automotive designer Battista Farina in 1930. Sergio quickly proved himself to be a worthy successor and became one of the company's key employees.

Sergio Pininfarina

Under Sergio's leadership, Carrozzeria Pininfarina undertook several significant projects, including the development of cars for Ferrari, which brought the company fame in Italy and beyond. In 1961, Sergio personally convinced Enzo Ferrari to launch a new line of cars with a mid-engine layout. The first model, the Ferrari Dino Berlinetta Speciale, was presented to the world at the Paris Motor Show in October of 1965.

Sergio Pininfarina

After Battista Pininfarina's passing in April 1966, Sergio took over as the new leader of the company. In 2006, Sergio and his son Andrea became honorary chairmen of Pininfarina. Despite devoting much of his time to developing new cars and negotiating contracts with major manufacturers, Sergio also paid attention to other issues. He was known not only as an automotive designer but also as a political figure.

Sergio Pininfarina

From 1979 to 1988, Pininfarina served as a Member of the European Parliament for the Liberal Party, which was part of the European Liberal Democrat Alliance. On September 23, 2005, Sergio Pininfarina was appointed a lifelong senator by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, an honor also bestowed upon Giorgio Napolitano. As a senator, Pininfarina did not display much political activity, with only one noteworthy incident during his career.

On February 21, 2007, Sergio Pininfarina participated in a vote regarding a new international policy. The policy failed to pass through the Senate, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Pininfarina, who attended his first Senate meeting in nine months, abstained from voting, which in some way contributed to the opposition's success in defeating the government's project. Afterward, Pininfarina did not return to the Senate or take part in any further votes.

Sergio Pininfarina passed away in Turin on July 3, 2012, at the age of 85.

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