The 512S Modulo produced 550 horsepower. Ultra low to the ground, all of the wheels were covered by body panels, which made the front wheels extremely difficult to turn. The car’s unique, spaceship-like design was a smash hit with critics from the moment it debuted, ultimately winning it 22 awards. The car showed up at several other international auto shows that year, including Osaka and Turin.“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. Perhaps the car’s most striking feature was its glass canopy, which actually slides forward to allow entry and exit. The mid-mounted V12 engine was also visible through 24 holes above the engine cover”.
On September 2014 Pininfarina sold this unique piece of automotive history to one of the most unique special cars collectors in the world, Jim Glickenhaus.
Jim’s desire is to be able to drive the Modulo on the roads, to show her and let everybody appreciate her unique design qualities.
What MAT is currently doing is not a “restauration”, yet an ambitious matchless build of another fully working and drivable one-off on behalf an equally matchless owner, as faithful as possible to the original show-only model.
The car had never been completed from a functional standpoint: some parts, like cooling piping, or even entire systems like brakes, were missing and had never been installed.
MAT job will be to complete the Modulo with the ingredients that would have been used in 1970, with the same “savoir-faire” and set her eventually free on the world’s road.