1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Coupe / 5989 SF Vehicle Information

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast photograph

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Coupe
Designer: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 5989 SF
Sold for $935,000 at 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions.
Sold for $2,915,000 at 2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ.
Ferrari's 'king' of the 1960s era was its ultra-rare and ultra-sleek 500 Superfast. It's hard to imagine any Ferrari ever being considered an every day kind of car, but, compared to the Superfast, it would be hard to make the case otherwise.

Everything about the 500 Superfast screamed 'exclusive', from the unique Tipo 208 V-12 engine and pressed cylinder liners to the very elegant body styling. Of course, nothing demonstrated the 500 Superfast's exclusivity like its price. It wasn't as if Ferraris were just normal, everyday, seen everywhere, kinds of cars during the 1960s, but the Superfast had a price that was nearly double what its fellow, not so 'rare', Ferraris were being offered to the public.

Offered at the 2011 RM Auction in Arizona was one of those extremely-rare 500 Superfasts. One of just 36 made between the introduction of the 500 at Geneva in March of 1964 and its last brethren built in 1967, this Ferrari Superfast certainly belongs in a special, and obviously, rare class.

Being so rare, just touching it would seem incredibly inappropriate, but its look just begs to be taken for a long, and fast, drive. A GT car in the truest sense, Pininfarina's elegant chassis courts the lover of the open road, but underneath its sleek appearance it has the muscle and the strength to have fun at the same time.

Taking almost an entire year to build by Pininfarina, chassis number 5989 SF was originally finished in Azzurro (sky-blue) with a blue interior. It was the seventh example built out of the series I. Because it was part of the early production it came finished with the eleven vent plates in the fender and circular turn signal lights.

When it was completed it came with a 400 bhp 4.9-liter V-12 engine utilizing three Weber twin-choke carburetors. All that power was transferred to the wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. The car featured four-wheel disc brakes, an independent front suspension and a rigid rear axle with parallel trailing arms and semi-elliptic leaf springs.

The car was shipped to the United States in 1965 and had numerous high-profile and, obviously, wealthy owners all the way up into the 1990s. In 1984, the car was showed at the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca, California.

In 2005, the Superfast was acquired by Edward Hol and was sent to Steve Beckman to go through a chassis-up restoration. During that restoration process the car was refinished in light metallic blue color. The interior was also entirely refinished in oxblood leather. Upon completion, the car was sold to movie director John Calley and commissioned to be part of a collection of elite cars.

A majority of the time, such a car as this Ferrari Superfast, would only be offered as part of a private auction. The public RM Auction provided a rare opportunity to both see and buy a virtually unrivaled Ferrari. It was expected, prior to auction, the car would garner between $900,000 and $1,100,000! Even amongst its many 'priceless' automobiles, this is one of just 36 that stands alone, practically unchallenged at the top of Ferrari's list of ultimate GTs. This truly was, as it would almost certainly have been expected to be, a crowning jewel of the auction.

Sources:
'Buy: Featured Lots (Lot 268: 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series I', (http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ11&CarID=r139). RM Auction Arizona. http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ11&CarID=r139. Retrieved 13 January 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Ferrari America', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 December 2010, 00:47 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ferrari_America&oldid=404733647 accessed 14 January 2011


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2011


2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,800,000-USD $3,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,915,000

2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $935,000

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1965 sales)
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Chassis#: 5989 SF
Sold for USD$2,915,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
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1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series I by Pininfarina
Chassis#: 5985
Sold for USD$2,750,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Chassis#: 6049 SA
Sold for USD$3,025,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Chassis#: 5985
Sold for USD$1,980,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Coupé
Chassis#: 6661
Sold for USD$1,287,864
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Chassis#: 6049 SA
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
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1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Chassis#: 6659 SF
Sold for USD$1,036,840
  2011 RM Auctions - London
 
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series I
Chassis#: 5989 SF
Sold for USD$935,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Chassis#: 6049 SA
Sold for USD$814,000
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Chassis#: 6043 SF
Sold for USD$965,271
  2009 Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast by Pininfarina60432020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey $2,250,000$2,500,000
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast6305 SF2020 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona $2,500,000$3,000,000
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast6661SF2010 RM Auctions Automobiles of London$450,000$500,000$580,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Superfast1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 5985
Engine Num: 5985
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Superfast1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 5989 SF
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Superfast1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 6043 SF
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Superfast1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 6049 SA
Engine Num: 6049 SA
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Superfast1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 8083 SF
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Superfast1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 08273SF
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Superfast1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 8019 SF


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