What's Going On at Pininfarina? - The Cheat Sheet

For a company that doesn’t market its own cars, there aren’t many bigger names in the auto industry than Pininfarina, the Italian design house that’s penned more iconic cars than any other automaker on the planet. Over its 85 year history, the company has styled cars for Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, Honda, Fiat, Peugeot, and Ford, among others, but it’s best known for its close ties to Ferrari. The Testarossa, California Spyder, Daytona, F40, and Dino all wear Pininfarina’s fender badge, and for those of you who aren’t familiar with the company’s automotive oeuvre, its industrial design wing styled that fancy computerized Coke machine... Ghia was snapped up by Ford in the 1970s. ItalDesign, the company that designed the Volkswagen Mk. I Golf, BMW M1, and DeLorean DMC-12 was bought by Lamborghini in 2010, and was completely absorbed by the company last month. Bertone, the house behind the Lamborghini Muira , and the Fiat X1/9 went bust and shut its doors in 2014. And while none of these companies enjoyed Pininfarina’s high visibility in their waning years, the company’s recent financial woes show just... All over the world, companies from Ford to Rolls-Royce offered rolling chassis models that were shipped off to have their bodies designed and built to customer specifications by these shops. Source: www.cheatsheet.com