The Outrageous Ferrari Modulo by Pininfarina Is Drivable for the First Time Ever

Thanks to Jim Glickenhaus, Pininfarina's amazing 1970 concept can finally move on its own.

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Pininfarina sums up the Ferrari Modulo as "an extreme special berlinetta, single-volume, experimental one-off prototype, built on the Ferrari 512S chassis." But the car's history needs further explanation.

The Modulo started out as a a Ferrari 512S, chassis and engine #27. For the 1968 season, she was upgraded to 612 Can Am specifications, but since Ferrari wasn't able to sell off all their sur racing cars afterwards, they then stripped chassis was sent to Pininfarina to be converted into a show car.

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Designed by Paolo Martin, the Modulo debuted at the 1970 Turin Motor Show. Here's what Pininfarina thinks you should notice about her:

The Modulo is characterized by two overlapping body shells, separated by a rectilinear indentation on the waistline. Front assembly, canopy and trunk were joined in a single arching curve, the ample windshield was bordered by truncated come uprights that considerably lightened the extensive surface of the front assembly. The stylistic progression of the side windows was repeated in impression on the lower section of the module, in sheet metal. The rear assembly attracted attention by the fairing around the wheels, which joins up with the bodywork, creating a cylindrical motif of particular originality. Access to the passenger compartment is obtained by sliding the entire cupola, including the windscreen, on special guides. The interior of the cockpit was spare, with two anatomically shaped and highly elongated seats, enveloping, providing a correct driving position and perfect anchoring of driver and passenger. Interesting feature is represented by the adoption of two spherical turning elements working as orientable aerator and as a support for the main controls.
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While touring the world, the Pininfarina Modulo's drivetrain remained uncompleted, having been stripped for racing parts in the name of its show car nature. But then came 2014, the period when Pininfarina was just about to get ready for its takeover by Indian giant Mahindra.

And while that deal was cooking, out of nowhere, former customer and long-time Pininfarina fan James Glickenhaus ended up buying the concept, with the intention of turning it into a working prototype. Pininfarina knew that of anybody, he had the team for the job through SCG, right there in Italy.

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Unsurprisingly, the project took longer than planned, mostly due to the engine's ultra-rare prototype nature.

But the wait is over, and once behind the wheel on public roads, the Modulo brought tears to project leader Salvatore Barone's eyes. Talk about a long overdue moment!

James Glickenhaus had this to say about their glorious "new" V12 concept car:

To me Modulo was always a dream. Displayed in museums along side girls wearing the first mini skirts the future sitting before you today. I never thought it would be possible to own her. She was unattainable a work of art. The stars aligned and Pininfarina passed her on to me. She began as a Ferrari 512S chassis and engine #27. Ferrari then converted her to a 612 Can Am using the same chassis, engine and gearbox
but modifying them to 612 specs. When Ferrari was done with her they removed her 612 body and her engine and gearbox internals and sent her on to Pininfarina to build a show car. Modulo was born and what a birth! The only thing was she was a non running work of Art. After some thought I decided to finish her into a running one. Sourcing her internals and making her original mechanicals roadworthy was a massive undertaking. Seeing her first drive is very emotional. Her coming out will be at Pebble in August.

See you at Pebble!

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Fans inspecting a Ferrari Modulo made of modular components at the International Auto Show, New York, March 31, 1972.
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