Ferrari 500 Superfast

The culmination of a series of ultra-aerodynamic and high performance grand tourers by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 500 Superfast was produced in very limited numbers following its debut a the 1964 Geneva Show.

The culmination of a series of ultra-aerodynamic and high performance grand tourers by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 500 Superfast was produced in very limited numbers following its debut a the 1964 Geneva Show. An evolution of the 410 and 400 Superamerica, the origins of which date back to the Superfasts shown at the 1956 Paris, 1961 Turin and 1962 Geneva Shows, it was considered the ultimate grand tourer of its day. And by virtue not only of its production run of just 36 cars, but also its price tag of almost $18,000 – making it the most expensive car in the world when a Rolls-Royce Phantom V cost a mere $12,000 – its exclusivity was guaranteed. Notable owners included the Aga Khan, Peter Sellers, Prince Bernard of the Netherlands, the Shah of Iran and British Ferrari importer Colonel Ronnie Hoare.

With unequal-length wishbones and coil springs at the front end and a semi-elliptically sprung live rear sxle with parallel traling arms at the rear, the evocatively and elegantly styled 500 Superfast had the roadholding to match the performance of the Colombo-designed 5-liter engine at its heart. Behind the wide Borrani wire wheels the all-round disc brakes were also suitably capable.

Producing a mighty 400 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 351 lb.ft. of torque at 4,750 rpm, the glorious Tipo 208 V12 provided this stunning Ferrari with a top speed of 175 mph.