Ferrari Superamerica
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Make: Ferrari
Model: Superamerica
Ferrari Superamerica

Ironic that the highest-end models in the 1950s and 1960s of an Italian company were known as the Americas. They were large touring cars with the largest V12 engines and often had custom bodywork to boot. All America models used a live axle in the rear, were front-engined, and had worm and sector steering. This series was based on a number of concept cars which bore the Superfast name. Therefore, the final true member of the America production family finally bore that name instead ' that being the 500 Superfast. As if the custom, low-volume America was not fast enough, Ferrari produced another line of America cars, beginning with the 1955 410 Superamerica. By this point the engine was now up to 5.0 L with 340 hp (254 kW) available. A 1957 special edition Superamerica III had triple Weber carburetors for even more power. Furthering the line of the America series was the Ferrari 410 Superamerica which had custom bodywork including a few by Boano and Ghia but most by Pinin Farina. The price was anything but reasonable at the time, coming in at $16,800. To give some form of reference, the 410 Superamerica which was offered at the New York Auto Show by importer Luigi Chinetti cost more than twice the Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing". This perhaps was the reason that so few were actually produced. The exact number is debatable, but is estimated to be between 14 to 35 units. Production ended formally in 1959. Another hot car hit the market though shortly thereafter; the 400 Superamerica had a smaller 4.0 L Colombo engine, but produced as much power as its predecessor. It debuted in 1959 as the production on the 410 ended. This model came as either a coupe, a spider, or a cabriolet with custom Pinin Farina bodywork.

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