Tribute to Pininfarina


Text: Jacky FAVRE - Photos: Christelle SOMMEREISEN - Jacky FAVRE

Now that I've presented Maranello, Ferrari Museo and Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, I can attack the main reason for my trip to Italy: Exhibition of the Great Ferrari by Pininfarina.

The temporary exhibitions aim to live the museum to see different vehicles at each come, or simply come (again) the tifosis. Obviously all worth a visit, but we must make choices, and know decline. But after the announcement of the models presented in this tribute to three generations of Farina, I cracked. Many models that I have never seen and I wanted to see. Including concept cars, exercises usual style between Ferrari and the Turin coachbuilder. Without presenting too many models, this exhibition is rich enough to be divided into several categories.

The first is called Pininfarina and racing cars. Competition in the lobby to the specific decoration we find six vehicles that trace the history of the brand in competition (excluding Formula 1) on mythical events.

The first is the Ferrari 250 MM 1953 (I chose to present the models in chronological order). Its name refers to the Mille Miglia. Aesthetically, its actually a GT body with a closed architecture.

In contrast, the 1953 375 MM also appears bare maximum for reduced weight and center of gravity as low as possible. It participated among others in which it now bears Panamericana decoration.

Delivered in a unusual but nevertheless very beautiful blu, this 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Berlinetta resembles the 250MM rear view. The front looks more like a SWB. I enjoyed the work of riveting the body and the plate of the event, transformed for the occasion into wind blows. Peeling paint suggests a state of time, but the brightness makes me believe the opposite. Bubbles lights lead me to say that this Mondial comes out of restoration. This does not preclude, of course, be beautiful.

Here the 1959 250 GT Berlinetta SWB Also one of the finest line of artist Pininfarina.

1963, parallel to the Scaglietti GTO, Pininfarina gives us the 250 LM acronym for Le Mans which it intended the highest step of the podium. Line aerodynamic, curved but impressive. This copy was seen at the Villa d'Este, I did not stopped it too much.

Change time, 15 years later (1978) released the 512 BB LM and its famous flat 12. The line of the original BB is elongated and lowered for even more efficiency, but the most surprising in this car is probably the noise. Of course, this is not at the Galleria that can realize.

Only 6 cars and already a beautiful page in the history of Ferrari behind us. Turning now to the second part of the exhibition dedicated to concept cars. These parts have no interest for some people because are only the result of study or madness designers, but the concept still has a function: to innovate. The first to prove it is the P6 with aerodynamics worked for a fluidity of line . Other detail found on recent cars, paint pearl white. This car was introduced in 1968 Turin Motor Show. Its name refers to the fabulous P3 and P4.

Sigma Grand Prix presented in 1969 gave an idea of ??the Formula 1 of tomorrow. We're never arrived there.

This is one of Ferrari I've always wanted to see, not for its beauty debatable, but to have a true account of the craft. Indeed, in 1970 Modulo gives us a future vision of the Ferrari. Again, we note the simplicity of the basic design with more details worked. I could not see it opened, but you should know that the windshield rocking forward for access to the interior, futuristic too. Tilting headlights, hidden wheels, the fuel filler flap concealed make a completed vehicle. Ideally presented to his master wood used at the time to form the body with a hammer.

Another idea of Pininfarina, Ferrari four-door: The Pinin. Again, this is not the style that will attract me. To be honest, I do not like it on a picture, I always don't like true. We are in 1980 and despite the achievements pure time you feel the drift to 400 or the Mondial.

The last concept is the one that really convinced to come. Introduced in 1989, I had never had the chance to see the Mythos. For me this car is the definition of pure pleasure car. Based on a Testarossa we end up with a car that, in addition to its wide track rear, completely opposes it Testarossa. This car does not age, and apart from the Rossa, no concept make me dream more. Too bad it is in a location that does not allow to appreciate enough (not back with the rear).

And ultimately, the part Pininfarina and GT offers a panorama from 1958 to 2010.

The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe.

The beautiful 275GTB4 1966 in its most beautiful dress.

The unique 1967. Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale.

A classic Dino 206 GT also 1967. The color is just gorgeous.

Freshly restored, this 1969 365 GTS4 Daytona Spider offers original configuration. Upholstery that bears its name is a work of very high quality.

Here is a 512BB special because it is the prototype of 1971. The overall design is finished, but some details will changed. Fortunately upholstery also to receive the leather.

No need to introcuce the Testarossa from 1984.

The 456 GT M mechanical box is a rarity in nature. However, the automatic transmission available at the time was not the best.

That one too I waited a long time. In 2000, Giovanni Agnelli asked Pininfarina to make an unique car to offer Luca Di Montezemolo for his wedding. This will be the 360 Barchetta. Initially with a right wind blows, it was replaced by the unique curves windshield. The upholstery fabric is thick and double border goes around the car.

In the same vein but on a 550 Maranello, this is the 550 Barchetta , limited to 448 copies. Some details of this car suggest that it is a prototype.

And ultimately we find the model of the SA Aperta presented at Paris in 2010.

Varied exposure makes a beautiful tribute to Pininfarina-Ferrari collaboration.

Share your thoughts and comments on Facebook

Back to Expositions