The awesome car collection of James Glickenhaus has just been graced by the addition of one of the rarest and most legendary automobiles in existence, the Ferrari Modulo concept. The concept was penned by Pininfarina designer Paolo Martin using the chassis of a donor Ferrari 512 S race car, and it was first shown to the public at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show.
Since then it’s been kept and maintained—yes, it’s a functioning car—by Pininfarina, but now the Italian design house has sold it to Glickenhaus. It’s not clear how much he paid for the car but we do know he plans to make it road legal, just like he did with another concept bought from Pininfarina, the Ferrari Dino Competizione of 1967.
"Against long odds I've gotten Pininfarina to sell me Modulo, which we will awaken and make roadworthy as we did with Dino Competizione," Glickenhaus told Road & Track.
Making the Modulo road legal won’t be easy but Glickenhaus is in no rush. Most of the conversion work will take place in Europe and the car isn’t due to join the rest of the Glickenhaus collection in New York until sometime next year. He plans to show it at Italy’s Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este before it’s shipped over.
Glickenhaus has very close ties with Pininfarina, which was responsible for his stunning Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina coachbuilt supercar that was based on the Ferrari Enzo. Now, Glickenhaus has his formed his own car company, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), and is working on a car dubbed the 003 which he not only plans to sell but also race.
Interestingly, the Ferrari Modulo concept has previously been tied with SCG’s 003. The forward-sliding roof design—the Modulo doesn’t have conventional doors—was previously reported to have inspired part of the design of the 003. We'll know for sure once the 003 makes its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next March.