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Friday, July 12, 2019

This one-off Ferrari species is not a myth, but just very rarely seen

As we all know, Ferrari has a productive history in building interesting concepts, and many of them are popular models. But somehow the Ferrari Mythos never really took off in terms of popularity. Just like Testarossa upon which it was based, it becomes the rare prancing horse breed you might remember designed by Pininfarina.
1989 Ferrari Mythos built atop a Testarossa platform and designed by Pinifarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LgF0VN)
These rare Mythos concept was introduced to the public at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show. It was built atop a Ferrari Testarossa platform. The interiors two sculptured leather seats provides comfort that is unmatched for a two-seater barchetta. There're coupe, targa, and speedster body styles were considered, with the latter ultimately receiving the green light.

Those enormous intakes fed a 390 horsepower of its 4.9-liter Tipo F113B flat-12 engine combined with 5-speed manual transmission system. Unlike the “red-head” it shared its chassis and running gear with, the Mythos sat nearly five-inches wider, was six-inches shorter in length, and three-inches lower in overall height. It was a truly compact supercar.
Left side view of 1989 Ferrari Mythos. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JwxaFB)
This concept appearenced a totally-rounded sculptural modelling with a perfect balance between aesthetic emotion and technical rationality, fully consistent with the Pininfarina philosophy in the search for beauty, emphasised by the charisma of the prancing horse make.
Rear right side view of 1989 Ferrari Mythos. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LgF0VN)
It has been singled out the link with racing cars and in fact neither a hard roof for passenger protection, nor side windows were envisaged. At the rear, higher up, the section of the light cluster band goes from side to side, and above that, the wing-spoiler which is the continuation of the side surfaces.

It rests on a central telescopic support which can raise it of 300 mmm, according to the speed, to accentuate the down lift effect, positioning it in an area where the air flow is not disturbed. The bonnets, doors and all the panels of the bodywork are built entirely in carbon fibre. The instrument panel, dashboard, door panel and seats are shells covered in leather.
Now maybe you will ask where are the cars now? As quoted from Wikipedia, Ferrari has built 3 units of Ferrari Mhytos (including the prototype) throughout 1989. And it is known that the current Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah had commissioned two Mythos, one in red and the other turquoise.
It is unclear which cars included in the Sultan's collections due to the clear record about the car do not exist. And to this day, less knows that's very few other Ferrari models can match the exclusivity of Mythos Coupe. That's might be the reason why this car is rarely seen on the streets both in America and Europe today. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | WIKIPEDIA | CONCEPTCARZ]
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