LUCA CIFERRI

Ferrari's unique 4-door car expected to fetch 540,000 euros at auction

Luca Ciferri is chief correspondent at Automotive News EuropeLuca Ciferri is chief correspondent at Automotive News Europe
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At 540,000 euros ($738,000), the starting bid for the Ferrari Pinin is twice the list price of Ferrari's most expensive model, the four-seat FF that starts at 260,000 euros in Italy.

What makes the Pinin so valuable is that it is the only four-door car ever to wear the the Prancing Horse logo on its engine hood.

Built by Italian design and engineering firm Pininfarina in 1980 to celebrate the company's 50-year anniversary, the sporty sedan was given the nickname of company founder, Battista "Pinin" Farina.

The Pinin will be auctioned by RM Auction in London on October 26 with an expected price of between 540,000 euros and 620,000 euros.

Pininfarina officials told Automotive News Europe it had lost track of the Pinin since the car was sold to a collector more than 20 years ago.

The Pinin that will be on auction in London is the original model that was unveiled at the 1980 Turin auto show. Pininfarina built a second unit of the car, which was shown to company founder Enzo Ferrari, who ordered that the project be killed. This second Pinin was later destroyed.

You can reach Luca Ciferri at lciferri@crain.com.

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