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Legends of automobile design

Microsoft IES Logo By Annette McLeod for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 16

The art of designing an automobile requires the consideration of an automobile's functioning capabilities and aesthetic qualities. Here are 15 of the most famous car designers to have mastered that delicate balance with elegance and grace, churning out cars that remain revolutionary in their features as well as eye-catching in their style.

Italian car designer Sergio Pininfarina, the man behind the designs and sleek shapes of some of the most glamorous cars to hit the road in the past five decades, has died. He was 85.Pininfarina, an auto design genius, led his namesake company to such heights it became closely associated with the elegant and futuristic shapes of some of the country's most famous sports cars. Pininfarina's stamp can be seen on a slew of iconic cars, including the 1984 Ferrari Testarossa, the 1996 Peugeot 406 Coupe, the 1986 Fiat 124 Spider, the 2002 Ferrari Enzo, the 2003 Maserati Quattroporte and the 2004 Ferrari Scaglietti.He headed a family company founded in 1930 by his father, Gian Battista 'Pinin' Farina, a onetime Turin carriage maker, that had a knack since the 1950s for creating stunning production and concept cars. Pininfarina designed autos for Ferrari, the company most associated with the formidable design house, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Bentley, Volvo and Peugeot.With the recent passing of this legendary car designer, we took a notion to celebrate them all. This could have been a list of 100, but we didn't set out to produce the definitive list. Instead our hats are off to all of the auto design greats.
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