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14 least exotic cars by Pininfarina

Sergio Pininfarina passed away this week aged 85 and the motoring world will miss him dearly. The man made a huge impact on automotive society, having guided the company responsible for styling some of the world’s finest cars, including just about every Ferrari to roll out of Maranello.

Not all Pininfarina's cars were exotic.

However, not all Pininfarina’s work involved exotic, high speed supercars.  For the right money, his company would also turn its hand to less exotic metal. Here, in no particular order, are just a few of the least exotic vehicles to have been designed by the Italian styling house.

Austin A40 Farina

The A40 Farina is widely credited as being the world's first hatchback. Sergio Pininfarina himself was present as the car's UK launch.
The A40 Farina is widely credited as being the world’s first hatchback. Sergio Pininfarina himself was present as the car’s UK launch.

Bollore Bluecar

One day the company's helping design Ferraris, the next, it's coming up with three-door electric runabouts like the Bluecar.
One day the company’s helping design Ferraris, the next, it’s coming up with three-door electric runabouts like the Bluecar.

Cadillac Allante

Cadillac's first luxury roadster was an Italian-American collaboration. The bodies of the Allante were designed and built in Italy, before being flown to Detroit to be mated to the chassis.
Cadillac’s first luxury roadster was an Italian-American collaboration. The bodies of the Allante were designed and built in Italy, before being flown to Detroit to be mated to the chassis.

Datsun Bluebird 410

Datsun wanted a more European-looking Bluebird so it turned to Pininfarina to craft the 410.
Datsun wanted a more European-looking Bluebird so it turned to Pininfarina to craft the 410.

Ford StreetKa

Ford exploited Pininfarina's knack for creating convertibles with the StreetKa.
Ford exploited Pininfarina’s knack for creating convertibles with the StreetKa.

Hafei Lobo

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the Lobo, but there's not an awful lot right with it, either.
There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the Lobo, but there’s not an awful lot right with it, either.

Hafei Zhongyi

This bizarre micro was co-designed by the Italians, produced by the Chinese and sold to Brazilians. We think it deserves a place in automotive hell.
This bizarre micro van was co-designed by the Italians, produced by the Chinese and sold to Brazilians. We think it deserves a place in automotive hell.

Jaguar XJ Series III

The Series III was subtly redesigned by Pininfarina to include thicker bumpers, flush door handles, one-piece front door glass and a revised roof line.
The Series III was subtly redesigned by Pininfarina to include thicker bumpers, flush door handles, one-piece front door glass and a revised roof line.

MG MGB GT

The GT version of the MGB was pretty revolutionary at the time, thanks to that sloping rear, which gave it the look of a coupe with the practicality of a hatchback.
The GT version of the MGB was pretty revolutionary at the time, thanks to that sloping rear. It gave it the look of a coupe with the practicality of a hatchback.

Mitsubishi Colt CZC

The coupe cabriolet CZC was jointly developed by Mitsubishi and Pininfarina.
The coupe cabriolet CZC was jointly developed by Mitsubishi and Pininfarina.

Mitsubishi Pajero iO

The unusual pairing also came together to create this decidedly un-Italian mini SUV.
The unusual pairing also came together to create this decidedly un-Italian mini SUV.

Peugeot 205 Cabriolet

The 205 GTI has gone down in history as one of the best hot hatches ever produced. Pininfarina added a touch of flair by creating the drop top version.
The 205 GTI has gone down in history as one of the best hot hatches ever produced. Pininfarina added a touch of flair by creating the drop top version.

Peugeot 405

Don't knock it. The 405 was named European car of the year in 1988. What's more, it won by 212 points -- the biggest margin in the history of the competition.

Peugeot 1007

There really is no need for this thing to exist, other than perhaps to ferry the damned to hades.

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