The best obscure Pininfarina designs

Pininfarina has designed some of the best-looking cars in history - here are a few forgotten ones

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Founded by Batista 'Pinin' Farina in 1930, Pininfarina is notable for creating some of the greatest automotive designs in history. The company has penned and built designs for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lancia, and many other equally great companies. It's designed and built many cars throughout its long history, as well as other projects, including trains, yachts, jets, people movers, and buses. Here, though, are some forgotten Pininfarina designs.

Hispano Suiza Coupe

One of Pininfarina's first designs was this rare luxury car. It was one of the highest-end automobiles of the early 1930's. The car had a unique design for the period, especially with the incorporation of the small rear window. The limited numbers and incredible design make it an extremely coveted car today.

Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet

Only four of these cabriolet models were ever made between 1951 and 1952. The 212 was a Ferrari sports car based on their successful international racing cars. It was the first Ferrari ever designed by Pininfarina, and was a tremendous boost for both companies. The 212 Inter offered incredible performance for its day.

Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe

As sports cars gained popularity in the US market, from 1951-1954 Nash wanted to get in on the popularity with a sports car of its own. The result was a truly international affair: the engine was made in the Nash factory in Wisconsin; the chassis was made in England; and the body was coachbuilt by Pininfarina. The result was a car that reached the podium at Le Mans, leading to this performance-oriented Le Mans edition.

Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

For the 1959-1960 model years, Cadillac outsourced the top-of-the-line Brougham model for their Eldorado to Pininfarina, who designed and hand-built the body. The body design by Pininfarina would actually influence much of Cadillac's design through the coming years. Unfortunately, the custom-built bodies didn't have the same quality of finish as the previous generation Eldorado Brougham built in Detroit, and Cadillac didn't return to Pininfarina with the next-generation Eldorado.

Peugeot 504 Cabriolet

Over three million variants of the Peugeot 504 were made throughout the world. However, Pininfarina had a hand in the car, with far more limited numbers. Only 8,188 Pininfarina-designed convertibles were made between 1969 and 1983. They could perform, too, with an optional V6, although those are very rare. Peugeot also had a hand in the 504 Coupe, of which 22,974 were made.

Fiat 1107 "Nuova Campagnola"

The Fiat 1107 was a relaunch of the iconic Campagnola, inspired by the legendary Jeep. This was built by several iconic Italian coachbuilders, including Pininfarina from 1980-1986.

Bentley Azure Mark 1

The Bentley Azure was a two-door convertible based on the Continental R platform. Pininfarina assisted in the process of the converting the car, and built the body shell in their Italian factory. Sales were slow to start, with only 4 sold in the first year of production. A total of 1403 were made in total from 1994-2002.

Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin

When Mitsubishi wanted to sell their Pajero SUV in Europe, they turned to Pininfarina to help them build it. That arrangement lasted from 1999-2005.

Ford StreetKa

Pronounced 'Ka' like 'Cat', the StreetKa was designed in the style of the standard Ka and built by Pininfarina. 37,076 StreetKas were produced between 2002-2005. The design house was named only on the sill plates of the car.

Mitsubishi Lancer Tenth Generation

Mitsubishi has kept the Lancer going for a tenth generation exclusively in Asian markets, due to continued demand in those areas. It was designed by Pininfarina Shanghai, and has been on sale since 2017.

Pininfarina has had some incredible designs, and they've built some incredible cars in their long history. They also have some surprises. Which were you most surprised to see Pininfarina having a hand in?

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Comments (13)

  • Peugeot 406 Copue

      1 year ago
  • Wow they have made some truly beautiful and truly hideous cars

      1 year ago
  • These are awesome!

      1 year ago
  • They're all crazy!

      1 year ago
  • Changfeng Liebao CS6, based on a Mitsubishi Pajero.

      1 year ago