Ferrari 500 Superfast

In its day, the 500 Superfast was the undisputed pinnacle in Ferrari ownership. At a time when a 275 GTB’s V12 produced about 300 horsepower, the 500 Superfast’s 4.9-liter V12 put out a full 400 horsepower, was capable of exceeding 170 mph and was produced in miniscule, ultra-exclusive numbers.

The 500 Superfast was a supercar in the truest modern sense of the word – impossibly powerful, beautiful and unbelievably expensive yet perfectly suited to high speed continental trips in true GT fashion. Introduced at Geneva in 1964 and designed and built by Pininfarina, the 500 Superfast was built in a limited run of only 36 cars. It was a logical evolution not only of the 410/400 Superamerica but also the one-off “Superfast” styling/engineering executed by Ferrari in previous years.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

400 bhp, 4,962 cc single overhead camshaft V12 engine, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.3".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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