Thursday, 2 March 2017

Ferrari 400 Superamerica

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

There's been a lot of chatter recently about the questionable naming of the new Ferrari 812 Superfast. Sure, it sounds like a character from a comic written by a child, but the Superfast name actually dates back to 1964 - the Ferrari America range (a no-nonsense naming strategy, these were big, luxurious V12 sports cars aimed squarely at the American market) was topped by the 500 Superfast. It offered 395bhp, which was pretty devastating in the mid-'60s. here's another Ferrari with an amusing name: the Superamerica. Specifically, this is a 1962 400 Superamerica LWB Coupé Aerodinamico. Whereas the Superfast had a 5.0-litre Colombo V12, the Superamerica had a smaller 4.0-litre variant, but nevertheless served up 340bhp and such natty features as all-round disc brakes and a choice of coupé, spider, cabriolet or long-wheelbase coupé aerodinamico styles.
This rare covered-headlamp model made its debut on Ferrari's stand at the 1962 Turin Motor Show, before being delivered to American racing driver Erwin Goldschmidt. It's recently been restored and shown at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. You see it here at 2016's Salon Privé.

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