The outer-worldly Ferrari 512 Modulo concept is now a fully functioning road car after restoration by its new owner Jim Glickenhaus. It just ran on public roads for the first time since its existence, and will be gracing the lawn of next week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Before becoming the spaceship like prototype, the Ferrari was first a spare 512S with chassis number 27. It was then turned into the 612 Can Am chassis 0864 and later given to Pininfarina for turning it into a show car. Paolo Martin of Pininfarina was responsible for designing a new body and the concept was showcased at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. The extremely low and wedge-shaped body, together with a canopy-style glass roof sliding forward for driver getting inside the car, it looked nothing like its Ferrari peers, or any other vehicles from the period. The fact that all four wheels were partly covered just made the concept even more futuristic.
Pininfarina sold the concept car to its new owner in 2014. After four years of restoration, including retrofitting a 512S race motor back onto the chassis, this futuristic ex-race car is ready to hit the roads again.
Ferrari 512S Modulo Pininfarina first drive. History being made… pic.twitter.com/qgrfNIL0Z8
— Jim Glickenhaus (@JimGlickenhaus) August 14, 2018