500 Superfast, the Royal Ferrari

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  1. Mark Seligman

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    Yes, thank you - I stand corrected as his name was Tomkins.
    I remember reading the Drive article at the time too.
    Nice to hear Will still lived there.
    There was also a very early computer guided toy model that operated off cut cardboard strips in the 1960s. That was also red. That was the nearest I got to a real Superfast.But I do have a DB6, so I appreciated the bit in the Drive article of the DB6 "hissing" by when the 70mph "temporary" limit was brought in.
    Incidentally, the Minister responsible was not a man, as Peter Sellers thought. it was Barbara Castle, the only UK Minister of Transport not to have a driving licence.....
     
  2. gt4me

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    Incredible that 70 is still the limit with modern braking and safety systems. You'll never see better driving than weekday Motorways.
     
  3. carvad

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    Were any road tests for 500 Superfast published in magazines during 1964-66?
     
  4. XRS

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    I believe there was an article in The Readers Digest during this period, though I have never seen it.
     
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    I went to the Blackhawk Collection in Danville CA last September for the first time since 1994.
    A lot of 50s Ferraris and some interesting one offs.
    The one catching my eye was a metallic blue 500 SF with UK plates.
    No c/n though but I thought of Peter Sellers immediately !
    The docent didn't seem to know any more than what was on the small sign and even less about the '55 Pegaso next to it.
    Some very interesting cars in there but a pain to take good pics due to the poor lighting.

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  6. El Wayne

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    The 500 Superfast is chassis 8459SF. The Pegaso is Z-102B Saoutchik Coupe chassis 1021500146 (ex-Bill Harrah).
     
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  8. XRS

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    I came across this image of 6267SF with its original owner on another forum.

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  9. Glassman

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    It's too bad the hood isn't open......to expose the most beautiful engine ever built.
     
  10. carvad

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    Is 500 Superfast the first Ferrari fitted with air-conditioner from factory?
     
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    I thought it was the 330GTC
     
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  13. carvad

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    5951 GT, first prodused 500 Superfast. Restored by Touring Superleggera in 2013
     
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    The 500 SF predates the 330 GTC by a couple of years.

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    So, which Ferrari model was fitted with air-conditioner from factory for the first time?
     
  17. merstheman

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    Yes, but I didn't know it had factory A/C. I thought the 330 gtc was the first to have that.
     
  18. carvad

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    Prince Bernhard ordered 500 Superfast, s/n 6267 SA with 4.0 liter Tipo 209 engine while standard 500 Superfast was fitted 5.0 liter Tipo 208 engine. What was behind the story? Why Bernhard ordered his car with this engine?
     
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    That is definitely Maranello Concessionaires in the Thrope Industrial Estate near Egham in the UK. I know that exact room very well as I have numerous photos of it. That is clearly a RHD 500 Superfast, of which only 8 were made and 6679 was the only car that was ever gold (Nocciola Met is the colour), so I'd say your are correct.
     
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  22. Marcel Massini

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    This is NOT 6305 SF.
    6305 SF has never been registered on Rome license plates (only on Milan, then Padova and thereafter Pavia plates).

    The photo actually shows 7975 SF which was sold new to the first owner His Excellence Omar Shali of Libya (he was born 14th April 1933). He had it first registered 21 May 1966 on Rome license plates "Roma 945280". It had been sold new to him through official dealer VECAR S.r.l. (Veicoli e Commercio Automobili Roma) in Rome and he paid 11 Million Italian Lire at the time.

    Marcel Massini
     
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    Looks great with the Campagnolo wheels (better than Borranis IMHO).
     
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  24. Robert W

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    Are you sure this photo is at the factory in 1965? The quality looks too good.
     
  25. Marcel Massini

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    Yes, it is at the factory but certainly not taken in 1965 but rather May or June 1966 (due to the Italian road registration from Rome).

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  26. Sig. Roma

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    6305 if its black looks like the car I saw at the factory in June 1966. But I was told that car was going to Saudi Arabia.
     
  27. Sig. Roma

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    Does a list of all the 500 Superfast in existence exist and how the car was painted when the car left the factory. And also delivery dates.
     

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