By the late 60s Ferrari had a good run of curvaceous cars – but then in 1969 they unveiled the 512 S Berlinetta Speciale concept at the Turin Show and said hello to the wedge!
It was designed by Filippo Sapino while on his short tenure at Pininfarina. (Sapino later went on to become the Chief at Ghia where he penned the Ford Pinto and Escort).
The Speciale started life as the Ferrari 312P Spyder race car which was badly damaged at Monza. Rather than rebuilding it Ferrari gave what was left to Pininfarina where the designers were told to let their imaginations run wild. Sapino’s design was the one chosen to be built with its ready to pounce back end.
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