The Cars That Money Can’t Buy – Ferrari 512S Modulo

Sat 12th May 2018

Sometimes your wallet won’t stretch to purchasing your dream motor. But don’t worry too much, there are some cars that even the biggest bank balances can’t buy, the dream cars that will forever remain a dream. These are the concept cars that never get made.

Ferrari 512S Modulo
Independent Italian design studio, Pininfarina, has been responsible for much of the Ferrari production the supercar loving public have come to know and love over the past fifty years.

Working in partnership with Alfa Romeo and Ferrari during the late 1960s, Pininfarina had developed a mid-engine racing car chassis and this was seen in the likes of the Alfa Romeo 33 Pininfarina Speciale and the Ferrari P5, both of which had both aggressive and elegant designs.

The last build of that project was the unbelievable Ferrari 512S Modulo.

Designed by Pininfarina’s Chief of Styling, Paulo Martin, the Modulo had a striking low body, a canopy style roof, which slid forward to allow access, and a four wheels which were hidden under the frame of the car. The engine was also special, incorporating a V12 engine, 550hp and a top speed of 220 mph, with 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. This engine could be viewed through a special design feature which saw 24 holes in the engine cover, which allowed you to see the engine.

Unfortunately not all the design features were practical. The hidden wheels made it only possible to drive the Modulo in a straight line.

But, that was a minor detail for a vehicle which had the public and critics in awe when it was unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motorshow. The Modulo won 22 international design awards and the prototype was chosen to represent the best of Italian coach-building skills at the 1970 Osaka Expo, as well as being displayed in Mexico City in 1971 as the envoy of Italian design.

In 2014, Pinifarina sold the Modulo concept to American entrepreneur, James Glickenhaus, who has promised to restore the vehicle to full operating condition - straight lines and all.

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