Giovanni Agnelli, born August 13, 1866, founded Fiat in 1899, which stands for: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino.

Today, Fiat Auto owns Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati and Ferrari.







In 1900, Vincenzo Lancia, was the chief inspector at Fiat and was also a test driver.

Lancia was founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia and was the first company to produce V6 and V4 engines. Lancia was taken over by his son, Gianni.





Dismayed, Gianni Lancia forced himself to sell his company to businessman Carlo Pesenti. New chief engineer, Antonio Fessia, canceled the F1 program three days after Ascari's funeral.

Lancia was sold to Fiat in 1969.





Antonio Fessia designed the Lancia Fulvia in 1963. At Fiat, he was in charge of the Fiat 500 project.







Antonio Fessia taught at Milan's Polytechnic University. His student was Leonardo Fioravanti, who, when at Pininfarina, designed the Ferrari Dino, Daytona, 512 Berlinetta Boxer, 365 GT4, 308 GTB (shown), and 288 GTO.





After 24 years at Pininfarina, Leonardo Fioravanti left to become design head of Ferrari and then Alfa Romeo. He now has his own studio.










Battista 'Pinin' Farina was born in Turin, November 2, 1893. He formed Carrozzeria Pininfarina in 1930 to focus on design and construction of new car bodies.





Battista's work for Ferrari, starting in 1952, would become his most famous, though much of it was managed by his son, Sergio, who currently runs the firm.

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