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Pininfarina Introduces “Pininfarina Classiche”: A Certified Classic Car Program

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In a move that solidifies its dedication to automotive heritage, Pininfarina has proudly unveiled its latest initiative – Pininfarina Classiche. This groundbreaking program is tailored for automotive enthusiasts and brand collectors, aiming to preserve and celebrate the rich historical legacy of classic cars designed and produced by Pininfarina over the decades.

Cataloging Heritage

Pininfarina Classiche is not merely a certification program; it is a meticulous undertaking that reflects two years of intensive work in cataloging the Pininfarina historical archive. This comprehensive process involves the classification of materials and the introduction of specialized archive management software, in collaboration with the Historical Studies department at the University of Turin.

Certifying Classic Cars

The certification process targets classic cars, including “youngtimers,” designed and manufactured in Pininfarina facilities. The initiative leverages detailed historical-technical documentation found in the archive, covering over 50 car models associated with prestigious automotive brands.

Production Specification Declarations

Pininfarina Classiche issues Production Specification Declarations, offering a wealth of information tied to each vehicle’s chassis number. This includes details such as the destination market, model and type code, external color, interior finishes, Pininfarina factory exit date, engine, and body number. The archive boasts production serial numbers for over 700,000 cars and more than 20,000 historically relevant documents.

Initial Launch Phase

The initial launch phase of Pininfarina Classiche focuses on select early models, notably the Alfa Romeo Spider (Duetto) from 1966 to 1993, the Fiat 124 Spider from 1966 to 1982, and the Pininfarina Spider Europa and Volumex from 1982 to 1985. Future expansions of the program will encompass numerous other brands and models.

How to Obtain Declarations

For enthusiasts eager to obtain these prestigious declarations, Pininfarina Classiche has streamlined the process. Interested parties can submit their requests via email to classiche@pininfarina.it. Upon receiving the vehicle’s data, Pininfarina will swiftly communicate the availability of production specifications.

Pricing and Expansion

The pricing for declarations varies based on the production year. For cars produced before 1980, the cost is €400.00 VAT included, while those from 1980 onwards are priced at €300.00 VAT included. As Pininfarina Classiche gains momentum, it promises to expand its services to include a broader spectrum of brands and models, solidifying its role as a custodian of automotive history.

For additional information and updates, enthusiasts can explore the Pininfarina Classiche section on www.pininfarina.it, ensuring that the legacy of these iconic vehicles remains alive and cherished.

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Tribute to Marcello Gandini with the Prototype Unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show: A Unique Model Exuding Elegance and Personality

From May 24 to 26, the BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will host the legendary Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The most spectacular cars from different eras and around the world will compete in various categories to win prestigious awards. Among these are the coveted BMW Group Trophy awarded by the Jury, the traditional Coppa d’Oro based on public votes, the Design Award for concept cars and prototypes, and the special ASI Trophy for the best-preserved post-war vehicle.

The presence of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) at this unmissable international event is highlighted by the display of the Citroën GS Camargue prototype from the ASI Bertone Collection. This car enriches the theme dedicated to Marcello Gandini – the recently deceased master of car design – set up in the park of Villa Erba on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Also at Villa Erba, as part of the “Amici & Automobili” event, the ASI-affiliated Veteran Car Club of Como will accompany the Camargue with a precious selection of historical cars from its members.

The Citroën Camargue was first presented at the Bertone stand at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, where it was met with great enthusiasm from both the public and the press. Built on the innovative Citroën GS platform, which was launched in 1970, the Bertone coupé, styled by Marcello Gandini with the assistance of Marc Deschamps, retains the compact sedan’s layout and dimensions. The car features distinctive front and rear overhangs – the front being much more pronounced to enhance the car’s dynamic look. Lower and wider than the GS, the Camargue boasts a wedge-shaped front typical of Gandini’s style, contrasting with a truncated rear end supporting a broad, panoramic canopy with amber-tinted glass, paired with a chic metallic champagne-colored body. Despite its striking and original design, the Bertone proposal did not reach commercial production due to Citroën’s economic crisis during those years, which led to its merger with Peugeot in 1974.

The format of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este includes a double location in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como. On Saturday, May 25, the exclusive Hotel Villa d’Este’s park will host the display of all competing cars, the jury inspection, voting, parade, and the awarding of the Coppa d’Oro and special prizes. Simultaneously, Villa Erba will host the “Amici & Automobili” meeting with an exhibition of historical cars from clubs and enthusiasts.

On Sunday, May 26, the event will continue at Villa Erba with a festival celebrating automotive passion: all cars in the competition will be displayed in the park until the concluding parade, where the Design Award, class prizes, and honorable mentions will be awarded.