With a long and grand tradition of building what can justifiably be referred to as supercoupes, in a style that is virtually unique to the famed Maranello automaker, the 1965 Ferrari 500 superfast was the brand’s crowning jewel, attracting a clientele of celebrities, royalty, and wealthy tycoons.
Harnessing 395 bhp, 4,962 cc in a five-liter Colombo V12 engine with three Weber twin-choke carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, solid rear axle with parallel trailing arms and semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, the Ferrari 500 represents the last generation of supercoupes produced between 1964 and 1966.
Featuring updated Pininfarina coachwork with a dart-like tapered nose, gracefully rounded tail, and glassy European greenhouse, the 1965 Ferrari 500 superfast readily achieves a top speed of 175mph with no particular special treatment on the part of the driver.
With only 36 examples built over a two-year period, the 1965 Ferrari 500 superfast is not only a revolutionary classic till this day, but also one of the manufacturer’s rarest production models. Purchased new as the 11th superfast build, by British businessman and noble Lord James E. Hanson, the car showcases a host of customizations, including a redesigned passenger seat, a repositioned ashtray and window switches in accordance to Lord Hanson’s height, a Superfast script delete, and Blaupunkt stereo with electric antennae.
Available for bid through the esteemed RM Sotheby’s Auction house from 13th to 15th August 2020, the 1965 Ferrari 500 superfast is worth an estimated $2.5M.