Stabilimenti Industriali Giovanni Farina S. A. can be considered the predecessor of the famous Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. Giovanni Carlo Farina (1884-1957), the elder brother of Battista Pinin Farina, founded his car body construction company in 1919 and Battista learned his trade at the age of eleven in his brother’s company. In 1930, the design engineer Battista opened the Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. Until 1953, the two companies existed side by side and it is not known to what extent or how closely they worked together.
The two coachbuilders and the nephew Nino Farina, the first Formula 1 world champion, made the name Farina famous worldwide. In addition to Battista Pinin Farina, the renowned trainees of Stabilimenti Industriali Giovanni Farina S. A. included the Italian automobile designer and coachbuilder Alfredo Vignale (1913-1969). In 1946, he founded his Carozzeria Alfredo Vignale, and together with the car body manufacturers Carrozzeria Zagato, Carrozzeria Bertone and Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, Stabilimenti Industriali Giovanni Farina S. A. is considered the birthplace of the Italian automotive design school, Scuola Italiana.