Whenever somebody mentions to you about cars styled by Pininfarina…
…the first new car that comes to mind is a Ferrari.
A second-hand Ferrari 458 Spider costs £160k, while the cheapest new Ferrari, the Cali T, is £155k. Don’t be down though, because you can buy cars styled by the same company for a whole lot less.
Under £1,500 – Peugeot 406 Coupe
Sometimes, terrible drivers drive Peugeots. They also don’t come to mind for reliability. However, this Italian designed car was a brilliant one. Also came with a 2.0, 2.2, 2.2 diesel, or a lovely 3.0 V6 like the one we found.
To think that they were originally £20-28k, but you can get one for less than £1500 is a depreciation bargain. Take this example I found. I mean, sure it has got the French interior, but you can’t deny, it looks rather pretty for a Peugeot.
£1,500 – £3,000 – Ford Streetka
I love a hot hatchback. But sometimes, I find it absurd when a hot hatchback is given the convertible treatment. If someone had commissioned me to redesign Ford’s Sportka, I’d have shot them in the foot. But they didn’t screw up.
You can find one of these for rather low miles, like the one we found, but you can sacrifice some of the miles for extra funds to get the early examples. Quite a lovely cabrio, if you asked me.
£4,000 – £6,000 – MGB GT
Like the Peugeot, an MGB GT isn’t exactly the world’s brilliant thing when it comes to reliability. Originally a roadster, Pininfarina decided to make it better. The MGB GT was born, and my, it did look a little bit better than the roadster.
Rust on cars that were made in Britain in the 1970s was a common thing to see. (relax, this one doesn’t) Like every car in this list, it’s one of the 7 cars styled by Pininfarina. Like every MGB GT which is on sale, this car is on sale.
£4,500 to £6,000 – Alfa Romeo GTV
A rather pretty face, and quite fast even by today’s standards – the Alfa Romeo GTV. A Ferrari design that saves you cash. The car isn’t as pretty as the new Giulia now, but it’s quite stylish for the money.
Most people would prefer the TwinSpark 1.8s or the 2.0, but the one to go for is the 3.0 or 3.2 Busso V6 we found. You can get a good one for the price range. My, I can’t stop looking at the chrome!
£4,000 – £6,000 – Honda Beat
Yes, Pinin had the Honda Beat styled. Okay, it’s not as outlandish as a Ferrari, but you can’t deny how breezy this car looks. In fact, you could call it a 90s 458, because it’s got the engine in the middle, drive goes to the back, and it’s an open top.
While Beats are hard to come by cheap, the Beat we found for £4,500 is a little bit rough around the edges. However, this is a tempting offer for what is a simple car. Sure, it isn’t exactly as Italian flaired as the 458, but this cute car is a good deal.
£8,000 – £15,000 – Peugeot 205 GTi Cabriolet
Like the Ford StreetKa, the 205 GTi was a legend. But Pininfarina decided to see if they can improve it with a convertible. The result was something else. The car did seem to look about the same, and it didn’t loose too much with the convertible hood on it.
But like every convertible, the concern for me is if people will roll it. I mean, that bar arrangement, in my eyes, doesn’t look quite enough to actually prevent the car from crushing it’s roof as it lands. Does it mean a good drive? Well, buy the one we found, and tell us.
£8,000-£20,000 – Maserati Quattroporte
While the outside is something, the inside is something else. I mean, the interior is a cluttered mess that seemed like someone in kindergarden designed it, but there is something about the interior that just makes it feel so different! Tell us what you think.
Now it’s your turn.
What do you think are some second-hand Pininfarina designed cars that could be for any budget?