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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Here's the Ferrari 'Superfast' series before the 812 (Part-3)

After in the previous part we discussed the first Ferrari model to bear a special name as the Ferrari 410 Superfast which can also be said to be the ancestor of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and several subsequent models launched in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Now we continue the discussion on the next model in this car series ever made by Ferrari.
The Ferrari 500 Superfast has an oval grille, protruding fenders and twin bumpers which were later adopted in the entire Ferrari car line-up in the mid-1960s. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
Furthermore, in 1964 the Maranello-based manufacturer then launched the Ferrari 500 Superfast, which is said one of its flagship grand tourer cars as the last Superfast series before the 812 was born in the 2018 and also the last series of the Ferrari 400 and 410 Superamerica. This car also is considered as one of Ferrari's ideal V12 engined cruiser cars with a spacious cabin.
The Ferrari 500 Superfast is considered as one of Ferrari's ideal V12 engined grand tourer ever built. (Picture from: Evo.co.uk)
Like its predecessor in the Superfast series, the car was also built by Pininfarina, due to the price is twice as expensive as the Ferrari 275 GTB, which looks more sporty, and the Ferrari 500 Superfast was unable to get many orders, ie only two units per month produced by the Turin-based coachbuilder during its production time in the 1964 to 1967.
The Ferrari 500 Superfast cabin featured with with adjustable genuine leather seats finished in Connolly tones, grooved headlining to a luxurious wooden dashboard, featuring the latest instruments of its era. (Picture from: Otoblitz.net)
Pininfarina built the car from a plain chassis that was sent by Ferrari earlier to then equip it with the bodywork and interior. The car's body itself is built from a mixture of steel and gets an update from the first version of the 'Aerodynamico' design embedded in the Ferrari 400 line-up.

When you look at the exterior, the Ferrari 500 Superfast features an oval grille, protruding fenders and twin bumpers which were later adopted in the entire Ferrari car line-up in the mid-1960s. One thing that is unique about this car is its distinctive rear end, with an unusually long overhang that combines the semi-fastback design with the Kamm-tail style.
The Ferrari 500 Superfast carries a 5.0-liter Tipo 208 SOHC V12 engine specially designed by Gioachino Colombo. (Picture from: Otoblitz.net)
Despite its relatively large size, the unique element makes the Ferrari 500 Superfast design more elegant than the later Ferrari 330 GT 2 + 2 and 365 GT 2 + 2. Meanwhile, on the interior side, the car is equipped with adjustable genuine leather seats finished in Connolly tones, a large trunk platform, grooved headlining to a luxurious wooden dashboard, featuring the latest instruments of its era.
The Ferrari 500 Superfast only made as much as 36 units during its production time in the 1964 to 1967. (Picture from: Otoblitz.net)
To differentiate it of the Ferrari 330 GT 2 + 2, the Ferrari 500 Superfast is equipped with a 5.0-liter Tipo 208 SOHC engine specially designed by Gioachino Colombo. The engine is capable of generating power up to 400 bhp (298 kW), which is capable of accelerating the car to a top speed of 174 mph or 280 kph. The engine is mated to the four-speed manual transmission system with overdrive.
In total, only 36 units of the Ferrari 500 Superfast were ever built in the 1964-1967 period. Amazingly, if you look at the owner of this iconic sports car there are many famous people at that time such as Prince Bernard of the Netherlands, Shah Reza Pahlevi of Iran, Johnnie von Neumann, Colonel Ronnie Hoare to Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan.

These were the lines of high-performance cars from Ferrari that used the Superfast names long before the last model was born in the 2018 under the name of the Ferrari 812 Superfast. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FERRARI | JOURNALCLASSICCARS | WIKIPEDIA | SUPERCARS | EVO.CO.UK ]
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