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Lot 131

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast

Coachwork by Pininfarina

Estimate

$2,500,000 - $3,000,000

Chassis

6305 SF

Engine

6305

Car Highlights

The Pinnacle of Pininfarina’s Low-Production Coachbuilt Ferraris
One of Only 36 Ferrari 500 Superfasts Built
Left-Hand-Drive Series I Example with Desirable Later Features
Reputedly the Only Superfast Factory-Delivered in Black
Documented by Ferrari Classiche Red Book and Report by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini

Technical Specs

4,963 CC SOHC V-12 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCZ/6 Carburetors
400 BHP at 6,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Dunlop Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Ferrari Classiche Certified, Matching-Numbers Example | The Only 500 Superfast Originally Finished in BlackGuido Monzino, Milan, Italy (acquired new via M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. in 1965)E.M.A. Immobiliare S.r.l., Voghera, Italy (acquired from the above in 1969)Bart J. McMullen, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (acquired via Viviano Corradini circa 1971)Herbert L. Levinson, Indianapolis, Indiana (acquired circa 1981)Stengel, Salt Lake City, Utah (acquired circa 1983)John Ortega, Newport Beach, California (acquired via European Auto Sales in 1987)Aiman Hammouie, Houston, Texas (acquired from the above in 1989)Friedrich Wilhelm Evers, Helmstedt, Germany (acquired from the above in 1995)John McCaw, Seattle, Washington (acquired in 1998)Ken McBride, Seattle, Washington (acquired from the above in 2006)Bill Cotter, Seattle, Washington (acquired from the above in 2007)Alexander Rittweger, Munich, Germany (acquired via Axel Urban’s Protrade in December 2007)Current Owner (acquired in 2012)

Weston Antique and Classic Car Show, Massachusetts, 2013 (European, First Place)Tutto Italiano, Massachusetts, 2015 (Best of Show)Tutto Italiano, Massachusetts, 2016 (Ferrari of New England Award)Tutto Italiano, Massachusetts, 2017 (Best of Show)

At its 1964 Geneva Motor Show stand, coachbuilder Pininfarina unveiled a sleek, new gran turismo which embodied both in name and substance the superlative qualities of its favored client, Ferrari. The new car was named the 500 Superfast, and it featured the largest and most powerful engine fitted to a road-going Ferrari to date. It was a model destined to be so exclusive that no full sales brochure would be printed, and so expensive that it became an immediate status symbol among the world’s wealthiest elite.

Only 36 examples would be manufactured at the Maranello factory between 1964 and 1966, with most earmarked for Enzo’s best clients. Production of the first approximately 25 Superfasts would become known as Series I cars, followed by a second series which incorporated slight changes beginning in late 1965.

At nearly $30,000, the 500 Superfast was by far the most expensive Ferrari road car of its day, commanding nearly as much as the new 250 LM competition car, and double the price of a 275 GTB. Discerning buyers, such as Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, heiress Barbara Hutton, and actor Peter Sellers, lined up for the chance to purchase one of these chic, fleet-footed supercars.

Building on styling cues from Ferrari’s 400 Superamerica “aerodinamico” coupe, the Superfast featured graceful proportions, a large glass greenhouse, and an aerodynamically effective Kamm tail reminiscent of Ferrari’s contemporary racing cars. Inside the uprated cabin, driver and passenger were treated to extremely comfortable sport seats upholstered in the finest Connolly hides, a platform for fitted luggage, beautiful teak veneers, and a top-of-the-line radio.

The five-liter V-12 engine was good for 400 hp at 6,500 rpm and a claimed top speed of 170 mph. Seemingly effortless acceleration and the ability to cruise comfortably at 100 mph ranked this uncompromising Ferrari among the finest of grand touring cars.

The 500 Superfast offered here, chassis 6305, is the 14th of the 36 examples built and one of 28 specified in left-hand drive. It is believed that 6305 is the only example of the production run ordered in the dramatic color scheme of Nero (Black) over Beige. A Series I car, 6305 nonetheless exhibits some traits from the later examples: the attractive three-louver fender vents and the five-speed manual gearbox were both common to the Series II cars.

Entries from the accompanying report by Marcel Massini show that 6305 was issued a factory certificate of origin on June 9, 1965, and delivered to dealer M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. of Milan on July 13, 1965. Four days later, Crepaldi sold the car to its first owner, Guido Monzino of Milan.

The Ferrari remained in Italy until January 1971, when it was imported and sold to Bart J. McMullen of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Mr. McMullen had the car painted burgundy and displayed it in June 1972 at the 9th Annual Ferrari Club of America National Meeting held at the Waterford Hills Sportsman’s Club in Warren, Michigan. Mr. McMullen held 6305 for a decade before selling to Herbert L. Levinson of Indianapolis, but by October 1987, it was listed for sale at Mike Sheehan’s European Auto Sales and sold to John Ortega of Newport Beach, California.

In January 1989, Mr. Ortega traded the 500 Superfast for a twin-engine executive aircraft to Aiman Hammouie of Houston, who had the car repainted to its original black color. By August 1990, 6305 was sold to Axel Urban’s Protrade in Hamburg, and the car would remain in Germany seeing limited use for the next eight years. During this time, the car was given a high-quality repaint by renowned Ferrari specialist Modena Motorsport GmbH, and became the subject of a 12-page color brochure produced by Eberlein Automotive.

Chassis 6305 returned to the US in September 1998 to join John McCaw’s esteemed collection, Cavallino Holdings in Seattle. The car was then sold to Ken McBride, another high-profile Ferrari collector in the Pacific Northwest, and then fellow collector Bill Cotter of Seattle, only to be repurchased by Axel Urban’s Protrade in Germany in December 2007. The current owner purchased the car in 2012, reimported it, and embarked upon a multiyear, comprehensive campaign to document and mechanically refresh it, retaining marque experts.

Between 2015 and 2016, renowned Ferrari specialist Motion Products in Neenah, Wisconsin, was tasked with thoroughly vetting 6305’s drivetrain, suspension, and electrical and braking systems. A complete engine rebuild was warranted, which required many new custom internal parts including head gaskets, pistons, pins, rings, valves, seats, and guides. The components of the 500 Superfast’s valve train were replaced with new parts, including the rocker arm rollers, bearings, axles, valve collars, and locknuts. The fuel system’s mechanical pump and regulators were rebuilt, and correct, spiral-wound reproduction fuel and oil lines were fitted. Fittings were replated, and the air-filter housing and cam covers were resprayed in black wrinkle paint for a concours-correct finish.

Further down the driveline, a new ring gear was fitted to the resurfaced flywheel, and a new clutch, new throw-out bearing, and rebuilt pressure plate were assembled, balanced, and installed. The electrical system’s operation was tested and any faults corrected. Finally, the brake calipers were rebuilt, a new master cylinder installed, and the system bled.

The current owner’s restoration efforts, supported by receipts totaling over $100,000, have gone towards making 6305 an exhilarating entry for rallies and tours. Additionally, Ferrari Classiche has issued 6305 both a certificate of authenticity and a Red Book that attest that all aspects of this stunning 500 Superfast are factory-correct.

Furthermore, 6305 is offered with copies of its factory build sheets, period Automobile Club d’Italia registrations, a full Massini report, historical photographs, Eberlein brochure, ownership history, importation paperwork, and service and maintenance receipts. Documentation from a recently passed Massachusetts state safety inspection is also present. Included also are a First Place trophy for the European Class as well as Best of Show at the 2013 Weston Antique and Classic Car Show, plus a Ferrari of New England Award from the 2016 Tutto Italiano gathering. Also accompanying the Superfast are a tool roll, jack, and spare wire wheel.

A limited-production, coachbuilt Ferrari synonymous with royalty and wealth and engineered with uncompromising performance and panache, this uniquely appointed 500 Superfast is entrée to any concours or driving event worldwide. With low miles since a complete engine rebuild by marque experts, this is a rare opportunity to enjoy an exclusive Ferrari supercar and the status it conveys.