Ferrari 500 Superfast

In its day, the 400-horsepower Ferrari 500 Superfast was a car without equal – breathtakingly beautiful, expensive and, yes, very fast. As an ultra exclusive successor to the 400 Superamerica, only 36 examples were ever built through 1967.

Early in development, and even into production, these cars were to be called "Superamericas", but the decision was made at the last moment to use "Superfast" instead. The engine was a 5.0 L Ferrari Colombo V12 engine. The engine had the same dimensions as the Lampredi "long-block" engines of the 410 Superamerica. The chassis was based on the contemporary 330 GT 2+2, and bodywork was again done by Pininfarina. Only coupes were made and no Superfast roadsters were available.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena, in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London, in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London and in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

400 bhp, 4,962 cc single overhead camshaft V-12 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: 2,650 mm (104.3 in.)

Source: RM Auctions; Wikipedia, 2011
Photo Credit: Copyright Pieter E. Kamp, Hugh Hamilton, Benson Chiu and Tom Wood

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