Form follows function; sometimes function follows form. These are lessons young, newly minted industrial designer Mike Pinkus learned after graduating Syracuse University while working for automotive designer Dallara and doing product design for the Milanese firm Memphis.
Now a proud resident of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed community of Usonia, in Mount Pleasant, Pinkus never forgot the Italian design influences that helped shape him. That’s why he took his time in finding the quintessential automotive manifestation of that design philosophy — this sexy yet classic 1970 European Spec Ferrari Dino 246GT Series M, named for founder Enzo Ferrari’s son, who died at age 24. The six-cylinder engine produced 192 bhp, with a top speed of 146 mph and a 0-50 mph time of 5.5 seconds.
Voted No. 7 among the “10 Greatest Ferraris of All Time” by Motor Trend Classic, is the Dino an example of form following function or the other way around? Either way, it’s pure beauty.