Some of the best supercars have been dreamt up by design firms, not the nameplate manufacturers themselves. Pininfarina, founded in 1930 by Battista Pininfarina, is one of the leading Italian car design firms (and also car-maker), which boasts prestigious clients such as Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, and Alfa Romeo.

Today, car manufactures are bringing a lot of their design operations in-house to cut costs, and independent contracts have dwindled, pushing firms like Pininfarina and Bertone (responsible for the Lamborghini Countach) to the verge of bankruptcy. Pininfarina hopes to find it's niche – in order to steer away from any more red ink – with its own line of electric cars, but before everything goes eco, take a look at the Pininfarina’s top 10 car designs of all time.

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