New Petersen Museum Exhibit Celebrates Pininfarina

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Los Angeles, CA — In concert with its recent re-opening, the Petersen Automotive Museum has also unveiled a new exhibit celebrating the 90-year history of Italian design firm and coachbuilder Pininfarina, and the exhibit is open through Dec. 5.

The four cars in the “Aesthetic of Motoring: 90 Years of Pininfarina” display include:

  • — 1931 Cadillac Model452A Boattail Roadster, the first Pininfarina body mounted on a non-Italian chassis
  • — 1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe, widely considered one of the most attractive vehicles ever built
  • — 1967 Ferrari 365P Berlinetta Speciale “Tre Posti,” the last vehicle bodied by Pininfarina for a private client
  • — 2019 Automobili Pininfarina “Battista,” an early design model of the luxury hypercar rather than a functioning automobile.

“With its commitment to elegant, aerodynamic design and small-scale production, Pininfarina has created some of the most innovative and revered car designs in the history of the automobile,” said Terry L. Karges, the museum’s executive director.

The exhibit will join several other Pininfarina designs currently on display throughout the museum. On the Otis Booth History Floor, the vehicles on display include a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta; 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO; 1989 Ferrari Testarossa; 1991 Ferrari F40; and a 2004 Ferrari Enzo as part of the “Supercars” exhibit.

In the Vault presented by Hagerty, additional Pininfarina-designed vehicles include a 1953 Nash-Healey Roadster; 1954 Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe; 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4; 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta; 2010 Ferrari 599 GTO; 2014 Ferrari F12; 2017 Ferrari F12 70th Anniversary; the 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi from “Magnum PI”; and a Ferrari 458 Challenge art car by Tyler Ramsey.