Billed as a preview of what a Maserati Quattroporte-fighting Ferrari sedan could have looked like, the Pinin was designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of renowned Italian coachbuilder and designer Pininfarina. It was introduced at the 1980 Turin Motor Show, and it was then shipped across the Atlantic and displayed at that year’s edition of the Los Angeles Motor Show.
Visually, the Pinin broke nearly all visual ties with the other members of the Ferrari lineup. Although it was fitted with the Prancing Horse’s trademarked egg crate grille, it featured rectangular headlights mounted nearly flush with the body, a long, sloping hood and a boxy green house. The back end was characterized by a pair of clear tail lamps with red inserts and four round exhaust tips.
According to an ad posted on enthusiast website Hemmings, the current owner had a 5.0-liter flat-twelve engine installed in the engine bay a couple of years ago. Technical and performance specifications have not been published but the sedan is said to be in running condition. Purists will be delighted to know that the concept’s original flat-twelve is included in the sale, though the seller notes it isn’t running.
The Pinin is listed at $795,000, a price tag that makes the boxy one-off over three times more expensive than a brand new 488 GTB. To sweeten the deal, it comes with a box full of documentation from the car’s debut and subsequent public appearances as well as a stack of detailed pictures, records and receipts that highlight the restoration work that was carried out in the past few years.