Pininfarina Sells One-Off Ferrari Show Car to Jim Glickenhaus
James Glickenhaus has a collection that just about any car guy would lust after. Aside from numerous classic racing Ferraris (including the oldest in existence), he has a Ford GT40 Mark IV and a Lola T70. Probably the most popular possession of his is the P4/5, his re-bodied Enzo that was commissioned a few years ago. Now, though, his collection has gotten even sweeter thanks to his newest purchase. Naturally, it's a Ferrari. What he's gotten his hands on is the one-off show car based on a 512 S racing prototype and topped with wild bodywork by Pininfarina for the Geneva Motor Show in 1970. It came about after the 512 series had become obsolete in racing. Ferrari had several around and couldn't really sell them to anybody, so they let their trusty coachbuilders Pininfarina make a show car out of it. PHOTOS: See More Pictures of the 1970 Pininfarina Ferrari 512 S Modulo
Like Bertone's Lancia Stratos Zero and Lamborghini LP 500, the Ferrari 512 S Modulo was one of the more radical takes on the wedge-shaped bodywork that was so prevalent on performance cars in the 1970s. The sliding canopy in place of doors, the mostly hidden wheels and the absurdly low profile made it one of the most memorable concept cars of the decade, and of course it was never intended for production.
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No word on the details of the sale, but Glickenhaus told Road & Track that "Against all odds I've gotten Pininfarina to sell me the Modulo, which we will awaken and make roadworthy as we did with Dino Competizione", another Ferrari-based Pininfarina show car.
Glickenhaus is in the habit of using his cars rather than hoard them, and the Modulo likely won't disappoint. It is a racing car underneath, after all, and the 512 S packed a 600-plus horsepower V-12 back in 1970. With that kind of combination of stunning looks and serious grunt, it's a car that's very hard not to want. Too bad there's only one.
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