The Most Stylish 4-Door Never Made? 1980 Ferrari Pinin Still Brilliant

The 1980 Ferrari Pinin concept shares much of the low-slung beauty of the 400i models, but none of their affordability.

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This one-off concept is being sold by Museo Ferrari for $1.2 million.

Before you write off this design and its gob-smaking egg-crate grille, take a few minutes to twirl it around with 30 years perspective since its debut.

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Yes, the nose is messy, and the clamshell hood shows some panel fit issues in some of the photos.

 

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But Enzo Ferrari himself is also sitting in the car for some of the photos, evaluating it around Fiorano on a nice Spring 1980 day.

El Capo did not approve. You can almost see the list of problems on his face in the below.

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But Enzo was a speed demon first, but a business-man first as well.

He may have torn this Pinin concept apart while knowing full-well that 4-door cars are a hard market in this price range.

So Enzo said “no” to the car, and it was mothballed into Ferrari lore that sedans are a no-go.

But reviewing this car is like seeing the ghosts of every luxury flagship ever since.

In various angles, this car clearly influenced the below models, among many, many others:

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– 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL

– 1986 BMW 735i

– 1988 Audi 5000

– 1990 Infiniti Q45

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– 1990 Lexus LS400

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– 1984 Ford Mustang

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– 1986 Ford Taurus

– 1991 Cadillac Seville STS

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– 1992 Chevrolet Caprice

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– 1993 Maserati Quattroporte II and current QP

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That is a big list, but it is the truth. And that is just the exterior!

Exterior Gallery – 1980 Ferrari Pinin

The interior is decadent, with its own bright ideas throughout. Most notable? the rear-seat entertainment station, window shades, twin purse or attache case holders in armrest, vanity lighting on roof, full-length roof electronics controls, and more.

Interior Gallery – 1980 Ferrari Pinin