The 500 Superfast was the most elite, Italian, hyperboutique GT of the 1960s. At the time it was near-mythical, exquisitely couture and fast in an epic way. The Pininfarina Ferrari is long and sensual, a conventional beauty with curves you want to caress. The Ferrari's V12 has a growl that is silken and confident. These were the last coachbuilt, limited-production cars to be offered by the greatest name in Italian Exotica. Nothing else was available for those who required race car performance combined with GT comforts, and their huge price-tags inspired as much awe as their legendary potential for speed. The fact the £11,500 Ferrari cost £2000 more than a Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine in '66 shows what a rarefied universe it inhabited. Cars were only ever built to order, expressly to appeal to the tastes and mores of the wealthiest individuals in society - special international clients who could afford a car that combined uncompromised power with supreme luxury.
In fact cars were targeted directly at royalty and celebrities: even the brochure for the Ferrari proclaimed that it was "destined to be a car for sovereigns, performers and great industrialists" - people who did not have to ask the price. To the potential Superfast customer, an 'ordinary' Ferrari was quite simply too pedestrian and too commonplace. Like many of the world's rarest and most extravagant vehicles, each 500 Superfast would come to be identified by the name of the individual who commissioned it, be it the Shah of Persia, Peter Sellers or as in this case, Sir Eric Miller.
With their heady 170mph plus top speeds, tiny production runs and vast prices, the Superfast was truly in a class of their own. They were born to a world of gilded hand-built exclusivity and effortless Glamour. The 12 cylinders - each the size of a Chianti flask according to Enzo Ferrari - with a combustion volume of 5 litres in total produce a whopping 400bhp @ 6500rpm and 304lb ft @ 4000rpm.
There is something deeply satisfying about guiding the Superfast spiritedly through some of ones favourite curves, riding on the torque of that silken turbine through gear ratios ideally plotted to make the most effortless use of the potential. Romp between corners in fourth and fifth, slice into third and feed in just enough power to kill the understeer, feel the wood rim of the Nardi wheel slide between your fingers as it self-centres and you'll note that your horizon remained fairly level, your position in the generously dimensioned seat stayed firm. Of course, the high-geared 400bhp Superfast is really all about big roads, big destinations and motoring as a glamorous event and adventure. For that, there can still be few better places to be.
When Sir Eric Miller ordered this car in June 1965 via HR Owen he specified a 5 speed gearbox - making it the more desirable specification (the most notable differences between a Series I and Series II being the 5 speed gearbox). Just 36 Cars were built in total, with only 8 being RHD and just 3 of the RHD cars fitted with a 5 speed gearbox. The car was also ordered with many bespoke features such as Air conditioning, opening rear quarter lights, a centre arm rest, exceptionally rare rear seats (in fact the only RHD car with these from new) and most attractive 275 GTS louvres in the front wings. A complete record of the original order process accompanies the cars exceptional history file as well as a mass of period and current service records and service history up until 1977 accompanies the car demonstrating how it was always cared for at no expense spared. At that time, in 1977, the car was sold to Australia having covered circa 5,000 miles from new.
The Superfast stayed in the sunny climate of Australia until later moving to South Africa and therefore remaining in a remarkable condition free of corrosion or signs of age. In 2005 DK Engineering sold this example to a notable collector who would remain the keeper until 2011. It was then sold to another fastidious collector who would continue to maintain the Superfast to the highest standard until 2014 when DK Engineering sold the car for the second time having covered what is believed to be a genuine 13,000 Miles from new. During this ownership it was again placed into a most cherished collection where it remained for a number of years covering little mileage.
Today remarkably this rarefied Superfast has covered under 13,600 Miles from new. Despite covering such little mileage during the past 4 years it has been maintained with absolutely no expense spared. In preparation for its sale DK Engineering have completed an extensive service attending to any mechanical items to ensure that it's cosmetically superb condition is equally reflected throughout. Accompanied by a most fascinating history file this unique Superfast is fit for any of the finest collections in the world and available immediately.