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.

TheFerrari 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.

Hit the jump for a video displaying this beauty inch by inch.

Source: Straightline

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11 comments:

  (317) posted on 07.28.2011

It seems that the platform of the vehicle is original but the engine was replaced to a more modern technology. I bet Ferrari have spend million for restoration of this classic vehicle.

  (256) posted on 07.28.2011

No doubt that the this car will cost in million. However, I wonder if this a replica or original version? BTW, the speed performance of the car produced a less powerful output. It seems that they just wasted the v12 technology here.

  (478) posted on 04.20.2011

If I could remember clearly, the world’s most expensive car was named Bugatti Atlantica? BTW, I also missed that kind of bumper. I hope to see them drive around in the road sometimessmiley

  (831) posted on 04.19.2011

hmm. Most probably, seniors are willing to drive this car and don’t expect the youngster to hangout with this car. Anyhow,its a good thing to see the Superamerica.

  (504) posted on 04.12.2011

I miss that type of bumpers, chrome bars below the grills are absolutely vintage. I hope some car company make a newer version of Supermerica. This car is totally A-Ok for me.

  (359) posted on 04.11.2011

Hey! What happen I thought that this car would be auctioned for 5 million dollar? BTW, this car is extremely beautiful!

  (467) posted on 04.11.2011

superamerica is one of the iconic cars during the early years. And i have to agree that even if the car is vintage i can still the aggressiveness aesthetically.

  (596) posted on 03.16.2011

Yeah, look so vintage but still looks so aggressive with that convertible.
I think they have restored this car properly its still look brand new!

  (745) posted on 08.26.2010

I am very sure that it is not overpriced because it is a one of a kind classic model of Ferrari.

  (462) posted on 05.10.2010

Am very impressed with that price! Well, I have no doubt about that price because fortunately this has been a vintage car.

  (612) posted on 05.7.2010

Cool old school very classic and elegant, also it has the same price of the Brand New bugatti Veyron.

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