Goodbye, Pininfarina; we loved you.

22 July 2022

In 2000, Pininfarina S.p.A, one of the biggest names in the automotive design industry, celebrated its 70th anniversary by revealing a Ferrari concept car at the 2000 Paris Motor Show.

The Ferrari Rossa was an anniversary prototype and a modern reinterpretation of the 1958 Testa Rossa.

The Ferrari Rossa on a prototype 550 Barchetta reinforced platform. The Tipo F133engine used in the standard 550 Maranello was an updated version of the 5.5-litre V12 found in the Ferrari 456 GT.

The partnership between Ferrari and Pininfarina started in 1951 after Enzo Ferrari met with Battista’ Pinin’ Farina. Pininfarina was responsible for designing most of Ferrari’s motor cars, from the 1951 Ferrari 212 to the 2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

In 2017, Ferrari took all design work in-house, to the chagrin of the Pininfarina design devotees.

The advocates for Pininfarina cited such beautiful motor cars as the Ferrari 212 Inter, the Ferrari 275 GTB, the Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona and the mid-engined, Pininfarina wind-tunnel designed Ferrari 308GTB.

Despite all of their protestations, Ferrari had made the decision, and design became the responsibility of Centro Stile Ferrari.

After its appearance at the 2000 Turin Motor Show, the Rossa 2000 went into the Pininfarina Museum, where it resides today.