RM Sothebys has a history of selling off some of the finest examples of cars out there. One prime example is a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico that is scheduled to go under the hammer on February 3rd, 2016 in Paris. This car, like many others, is quite rare in its own way and is actually the first of only 18 long-wheelbase examples of the Series II Ferrari 400.

Chassis No. 3931 SA was completed by Ferrari in July of 1962 before it was sent off to Pininfarina where the beautiful body you see before you was created. The car then made a stop at 1962 Earls Court auto show before being delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York for $13,017. The car was eventually sold to a San Francisco resident in the 1970s and restored in the 1980s by Terry York Motor Cars. It was later sold and Registered in Japan until the mid-1990s when it became part of the Yoshiho Matsuda Collection and displayed at the 1995 Matsuda Ferrari Museum of Art.

By the 2000s, the car made it back to the U.S. where it was used lightly before making one last trip back to Europe where it has been ever since. Now scheduled to be auctioned, the car is offered with matching numbers and in its original color combination of Grigio Argento over Nero. As the first Long-wheelbase model, the car has a wheelbase of 2,600mm (almost 102.5 inches) and is powered by a 3.9-liter V-12 engine with a four-speed manual transmission. If you’re of the wealthy population and would like to own such a prime example of history, this 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico is expected to go for $3 million.

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Why it matters

I can understand why such a prime piece of history goes for so much cheddar, especially with its collectible value. What I don’t understand, however, is why anybody would want to sell it off. Sure, collectible cars are considered investments, and often return some pretty nice gains if acquired and sold at the right time. When it comes to a car like this, I’m not sure I could part with it.

That beautiful body and the absolute pristine condition would be more than enough to make me think twice about selling; never mind the car’s rarity. It isn’t often a car like this becomes available, so I have a feeling there will be a number of interested parties when the car graces the auction stage. Now if only I could come up with about $3- or $4-million to go battle it out for the car myself.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica

1960 - 1964 Ferrari 400 Superamerica
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Read our full review on the Ferrari 400 Superamerica here.

Source: RM Sothebys

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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