The Ferrari 512 S Pininfarina Modulo is a car dreamt and designed by Paolo Martin. It is, indeed, a “dream car”: an extreme vision meant to remain a prototype, a unique piece made to provoke a reaction from the public and the critics. A proof of concept inspired by the fantastic worlds of cinema or graphic novels.
Paolo Martin, born in Turin in 1943, started working for Pininfarina in 1967, and conceived and designed the Ferrari Modulo that very first year with the company.
It was a futuristic vehicle: instead of doors, it had a whole section of the roof, front and side windows that could be moved manually to enter the car. Control buttons were placed on a sphere, at the driver’s left. The gearshift was in line with the dashboard.
It also featured a functioning V12 engine like the 500 hp Ferrari 512 S. Presented at the 1970 Genava Motor Show, it won over twenty international awards.
The only prototype in the world of Martin’s unique dream is now part of the permanent collection at the Centro stile Pininfarina in Cambiano, Turin.