Leonardo Fioravanti (2007)

Leonardo Fioravanti (born Milan, 31 January 1938)[1] is an Italian automobile designer and CEO of Fioravanti Srl.


Fioravanti studied mechanical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, specializing in aerodynamics and car body design. He worked twenty-four years with Pininfarina, joining as a stylist in 1964, aged 26, and eventually becoming Managing Director and General Manager of Pininfarina's research arm, Pininfarina Studi & Ricerche for 18 years.

He then joined Ferrari as a Deputy General Manager, and in 1989 moved to Fiat's Centro Stile as Director of Design.[2]

In 1991 he left Fiat and joined Fioravanti Srl which evolved from an architecture studio to a design studio. His two sons, Matteo, an architect, and Luca, an attorney, have also worked with him at Fioravanti Srl. Fioravanti developed a number of prototype and concept cars, often displayed under his own name. In 2012 he was appointed by the Chinese automobile company BAIC Group as a design consultant.[3]

In 2009 Leonardo Fioravanti was elected Chairman of ANFIA Car Coachbuilders Group for a 3-year mandate from 2009 to 2011.[4]

Octane magazine awarded Fioravanti the International Historic Motor Award Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.[5]

Cars designed by Fioravanti

During his time with Pininfarina, Fioravanti designed several Ferraris:

Ferrari 365GTB, popularly known as the Daytona

Fioravanti has designed many concept cars including:


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