A 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica has been auctioned this past weekend for an impressive $3.5 million, the highest price ever paid for a Ferrari Superamerica, but also a little lower than they had originally anticipated. At the same RM’s Sporting Classics auction in Monaco, a 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 "Birdcage" was sold for over $3.3 million. It’s a shame we are desensitized to these outrageous prices, especially after the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic sold for $30-$40 million.
The 400 SuperAmerica was powered by a 4.0-liter Gioachino designed V12 engine that delivered 340 hp at 7000 rpm. The engine was coupled to a 4-speed, all synchromesh gearbox, fitted with an electronic overdrive unit on top gear, driving through a universally jointed propeller shaft to a rigid rear axle. The 0 to 60 mph sprint was made in 9.2 seconds, while top speed went up to 174 mph.
The Ferrari was able to fetch such an impressive price due to the history behind it. The Ferrari Superamerica was one of only a handful of “short-wheelbase” 400 cabriolets ever built with a 95-inch wheelbase. It was sold in Arizona back in 1962 where it was immediately to the Bonneville Speed Trials.
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