1964 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series 2 Coupé Aerodinamica Coachwork by Pininfarina Chassis no. 5029SA Engine no. 5029SA
Ferrari had a few special clients for whom even a 250GT was not fast or exclusive enough. For these select few Ferrari and Pininfarina created the 400 Superamerica, the pinnacle of Ferraris in performance, styling and luxury in the early Sixties.
The first 400 Superamerica was unveiled at the 1960 Brussels Show, a cabriolet by Pininfarina on a short 2,420mm chassis. The definitive coupé body of the 400 Superamerica appeared on Pininfarinas 1960 Turin show car known as Superfast II. One of the first Pininfarina designs to be tested and developed in its wind tunnel, Superfast II resembled the natural shape of a teardrop, with low oval air intake quickly curving upward to the bonnet then tapering to the smoothly rounded tail. The greenhouse had ample glass area and flowed from the top of the windscreen until its back window merged with the rear boot. The resulting Coupé Aerodinamica style was one of Pininfarinas most successful and memorable designs.
The 400 Superamerica was powered by a new and drastically revised evolution of the original Colombo-designed Ferrari V12 with 3,967cc displacement. Its power and reliability were demonstrated in 1962 when a modified version powered the 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa that Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien drove to a convincing win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 400 Superamerica the 3-carburettor engine delivered about 340 horsepower, driving through a 4-speed fully synchronized transmission with an electrically-controlled overdrive. The chassis was typical Ferrari ladder type construction with two oval main tubes. Suspension was independent at the front with parallel A-arms, coil springs and tubular shock absorbers. Rear suspension was Ferraris well-proven solid axle suspended on semi-elliptical leaf springs and located by parallel trailing arms. Its brakes were discs all around. At the 1962 London Motor Show Ferrari and Pininfarina introduced the 400 Superamerica Series 2, distinguished from the first series by a longer, 2,600mm, wheelbase giving the Coupé Aerodinamica coachwork a larger interior.
During four years in production from 1961 through 1964 only some 48 examples of the 400 Superamerica were built, including prototypes. Each received individual attention and specific appointments to their clients specifications. They were magnificent, rapid, luxurious, beautiful and distinctive automobiles that excited passions and kindled desire. 5029SA is the third from last 400 Superamerica built, one of only 18 of the longer wheelbase and more commodious Series 2 models. Delivered in December 1963 to its first owner Sig. Maggiore in Florence, its covered headlight body was finished in Grigio Argento, brilliantly set off by a red leather interior. By the 1980s it was in the United States but returned to Europe in the late 90s where the present owner commissioned a comprehensive restoration. Completed in 2002, the coachwork was returned to its original Grigio Argento by Carrozzeria Zanasi in Maranello. The red leather interior was crafted by the specialists at Tappezzeria Luppi in Modena while the complete rewiring, engine and drivetrain rebuild and chassis restoration were entrusted to Ferrari Suisse in Nyon with final tuning by Markus Scharnorst. Magnificently presented and in pristine condition, it has covered only some 1,500 km since the restoration, much of that on the 2004 Coppa Milano-San Remo rally. It is supplied with a FIVA passport, copy of the old U.S. title, complete restoration invoices and current Swiss registration.
Instantly recognizable as one of Ferraris most exclusive masterpieces, 400 Superamerica Coupé Aerodinamica 5029SA combines Pininfarinas brilliant Superfast II design with luxurious appointments, Ferraris strong 4-litre V12 and a meticulous restoration by recognized specialists. A timeless classic, its style and exclusivity are even more apparent today than when it was built.