In the Eye of the Beholder: The 1980 Ferrari Pinin Concept
Ferrari and design firm Pininfarina go way back together. The independent Italian coachbuilder has been designing body work for Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat and others for years, but it is probably most synonymous with the supercars from the Prancing Horse. But one car had us scratching our heads.
Pininfarina has crafted Ferraris such as the 330, 365 GTC, 400, 412, and many others, so they know how to make a ride that is easy on the eyes. So it is rare so see a Pinin-penned car that is not attractive– just as it is rare to see a four door Ferrari. The 1980 Ferrari Pinin Concept checks both boxes.
1980 was the 50th anniversary for the creation of Pininfarina, and the Turin Motor Show was to play host to their celebration. Rumors swirled about a very special Ferrari-Pininfarina creation, and speculation began to build. But when the curtain was pulled no one was ready for what they saw.
It was a four door grand touring sedan, built on the chassis of a Ferrari 400GT, but it was 5 cm longer than the beamy two-door. The angular body was designed by Diego Ottina, with guidance from Leonardo Fioravanti– a man responsible for some iconic creations such as the Ferrari Dino and Ferrari Daytona.
The Pinin Concept was powered by Ferrari’s 4.8-liter flat-12 making 360 horsepower. The design was VERY 1980s, but then again so was the 400GT on which it was based. Enzo Ferrari even considered production of the Pinin, but the discussion was later dropped. The closest living relative was the subsequent four-seat 1981 Ferrari 400i 2+2. But this one-off will go down as the first four-door Ferrari that was almost mass-produced.