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Pininfarina designs celebrated in Pebble Beach Concours classes

Evocative coachbuilt bodies mark 9 decades of the famed Italian carrozzeria


Battista “Pinin” Farina founded his revered automotive-design company in 1930, bringing with him the nickname that referred to his being the baby of his large family to create Carrozzeria Pinin Farina.   He officially changed his last name, and the name of his company, to Pininfarina in 1961.

The 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebrated the anniversary of Pininfarina’s founding – originally meant to be a 90th anniversary observance at the canceled 2020 California concours – in a big way, with two feature classes of Pininfarina-designed Ferraris, pre- and post-war, as well as two classes of the carrozzeria’s coachbuilt designs for other marques, also pre- and post-war.

The 1947 Cisitalia 202 Pinin Farina coupe from the Petersen Automotive Museum

While Pininfarina is most famed for its dramatic designs of Ferrari factory models and such unique examples as the 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta “Tre Posti” (shown on the official poster for the Tour d’Elegance), our interest here is in the non-Ferrari cars that were shown on the 18th Fairway this year.

From Lancia and Alfa Romeo to Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz, the Pinin Farina Pre-War and Pininfarina Post-War classes demonstrated how the company’s designers could put their sleek and evocative imprints on standard models to create something special and, oftentimes, spectacular.

The 1938 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet gets its Best of Class prize | Pebble Beach Concours

Each of the two concours classes were won by coachbuilt Lancias, with the pre-war prize going to a 1938 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet and the post-war honors going to a 1953 Lancia Aurelia Pinin Farina PF200 C Spider. 

1953 Lancia Aurelia Pinin Farina PF 200 C Spider, the post-war class winner
1948 Lancia Aprilia Pinan Farina Spider
1935 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina 2-seat cabriolet
Concours judges pore over the 1936 Lancia Astura Series III Tipo Bocca Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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