The Five Design Houses Behind Iconic Italian Cars

Italian automotive design owes its prestigious legacy to five main design houses: Pininfarina, Zagato, Bertone, Italdesign Giugiaro and Carrozzeria Ghia. It’s because of these five firms that Italian cars have become synonymous with speed, luxury and quality—and, while the hood ornaments may not show it, many Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, and Fiats owe their existence to them. For those not familiar with the history behind these design juggernauts, Gear Patrol rounds up their most iconic designs and how they’ve inspired other cars in the industry.