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Roberto Biscaretti de Ruffia

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Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia (August 24, 1879 in Torino - September 7, 1959 in Ripafratta, San Giuliano Terme near Pisa) was an Italian conte, known for his works as artist, industrial designer, journalist and as automobile enthusiast.

He was the son of Roberto, a local senator who was involved in the establishment of Fiat (1899). As youngster, Carlo assisted in the first Italian automobile race (Torino-Asti-Torino, 1896), he started the "Automobile club di Torino" (1898, president until 1948) and acquired the first drivers license in town.

He was involved in the early Itala 51 vehicles (illustrations), for Michelin; he wrote for several motoring journals and designed the Lancia logo (1911).

He was also involved in the Salone dell'automobile di Torino. He collected vehicles since 1933 and he founded the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile "Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia", which was opened 1960 after his death.

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