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Pininfarina family member and Ferrari Testarossa designer dies

Sergio Pininfarina, who took over the eponymous car design firm founded by his father and created some of the most iconic Ferraris and Maseratis in the world, died on 2 July at the age of 85.

Sergio Pininfarina, who took over the eponymous car design firm founded by his father and created some of the most iconic Ferraris and Maseratis in the world, died on 2 July at the age of 85.

He died at his home in Turin surrounded by his family, the Cambiano, Italy-based company said in a statement on 3 July.

Born in Turin in 1926, Sergio was the son of Gian Battista “Pinin” Farina, a carriage-maker who established Carrozzeria Pinin Farina during the 1930s.

After graduating from the Polytechnic University of Turin with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1950, Sergio joined the family business, which had already garnered fame for its 1947 Cisalfa coupe. The car is now on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

In 1961, the same year his family name was officially changed to Pininfarina thanks to a presidential decree, Sergio was appointed managing director of the family firm. He went on to become chairman in 1966, following his father’s death.

Sergio is credited with expanding the family business by developing relationships with famous carmakers such as Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo. He was behind the design of some of the most sought-after cars in the world, including the Ferrari Testarossa, the Ferrari Enzo and the Maserati Quattroporte.

In 2001, he left the day-to-day management of the company to his elder son Andrea and in 2006 he stepped down as chairman. However, he remained involved with the company, which has recently been struggling with financial problems, as honorary chairman.

He is survived by his wife Giorgia and his children Paolo, who currently heads the company, and Lorenza. Andrea died in 2008 in a motorbike accident. 

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