1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Coupe

At the 1964 Geneva Auto Salon, Ferrari debuted the latest evolution of its traditional, top-of-the-range grand touring car-the 500 Superfast. The Superfast was designed to criss-cross continents with great speed, comfort, and style-a deluxe GT with the soul and character of the firm’s racing cars.

The Pininfarina design was an enhancement of the earlier 400 SA “Aerodinamica” coupes. The bodywork featured elegant proportions, a large greenhouse, graceful, fluid lines, and a Kamm-style tail. Inside, the lucky occupants found a sumptuous interior, replete with adjustable seats upholstered in Connolly leather, a spacious luggage platform, fluted headlining, teak veneers, a deluxe radio, and a spread of gauges to monitor the magnificent V12 engine. The 500 Superfast emphasized refinement and consistency. Because of the enormous expense and intricate detail work required, Ferrari completed only one or two examples each month.

Original owners included royalty such as Prince Bernard of the Netherlands and Shah Reza Pahlavi, members of the racing fraternity like Johnnie von Neumann and the U.K.’s Colonel Ronnie Hoare, as well as wealthy industrialists and celebrities. The car offered here also found a prestigious home, having been ordered for Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. The ultra-exclusive Superfast must have been a fine accompaniment to the Prince’s sensational Frua-bodied Maserati 5000 GT, 400 Superamerica, Bentley R-type Continental, and 250 Mille Miglia.

Prince Sadruddin retained the Ferrari at his Swiss home for five years before selling it to Freddy Mangin, a resident of France. In 1982, the Superfast found its way to Pierre Bardinon, owner of the famed Mas du Clos racetrack and renowned collector of significant Ferraris. The extraordinary list of cars that once belonged to Bardinon included a GTO, 250 LM, 330 P4, 312 P, 312 F1, 330 TRI LM, and an SWB Competition car-this Superfast was certainly in good company. For the better part of 20 years, the Superfast was a fixture in Bardinon’s collection, during which time it made a few public appearances. The current owner, an American, acquired the car directly from Bardinon and has kept the car in England for use while on holiday.

Equipped with beautiful Marchal headlamps retaining their yellow bulbs, wide Borrani wire wheels shod with correct Michelin XWX tires, an original Radiomobile stereo, and offered with its complete kit of tools, this Superfast has all the accessories and fittings that make these rare Ferraris very special.

This Superfast is one of those rare automobiles that has immense appeal to the true connoisseur. There is nothing quite like a largely original Ferrari that has benefited from knowledgeable owners, the workmanship of the finest specialists available, and consistent and responsible use. 6049SA is a car with remarkable originality, an unmatched presence, and unquestioned authenticity, and is one of the finest surviving coachbuilt Ferraris of the 1960s.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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