Quote from the Founder of Ferrari

"The Ferrari is a dream-people dream of owning this special vehicle and for most people it will remain a dream, apart from for those lucky few." -Enzo Ferrari

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ferrari design firm CEO dies in Vespa crash

Andrea Pininfarina, 51, head of the famed company that designs Ferraris, Fiats and the Ford Focus, died in a collision while riding his Vespa motor scooter last Thursday at about 8:15 am in Trofarello near the northern city of Turin, Italy said police official Luigi Semenzato. A company spokeswoman declined to give details.
Andrea was the third generation to run Pininfarina SpA, founded in 1930 by his grandfather Battista "Pinin" Farina, which is a car body design company that became known for some of the most iconic automobile body shells not only in Italy, but throughout the world.
His father, Sergio Pininfarina, is a senator in the Italian parliament.
"I'm deeply saddened," Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said in an emailed statement. Italy " loses a leading personality of the country's industrial life and the representative of a dynasty that did so much for the made-in-Italy brand around the world."
Fiat and Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo praised his business acumen.
Mr. di Montezemolo said: "Italy, Turin and the entire Fiat group have lost a symbol of entrepreneurship, a man who carried on, and introduced innovations to, the work of his grandfather Pinin and his father Sergio."
Andrea Pininfarina was married to Cristina Maddalena Pellion di Persano. She and their three children survive him. His father, Sergio, is still honorary chairman of the company.

Source: theaustralian.news.com.au, bloomberg.com, news.scotsman.com

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