The Ferrari America is one of a series of top-end Ferrari models built in the 1950's and 1960's. They were large touring cars with the largest V-12 engines and often had custom bodywork. All America models used a live axle in the rear and were front-engined. The America series was based on a series of concept cars which bore the Superfast name.
As if the custom, low-volume America was not fast enough, Ferrari produced another line of America cars, beginning with the 1955 410 Super America. The engine was now up to 5.0-liters with 340 horsepower (254 kW) available. A 1957 Super America III had triple Weber carburetors for even more power.
Each 410 Super America had custom bodywork, with a few by Ghia but most by Ferrari stalwart, Pinin Farina. The price was extremely high : US $16,800. The 410 Super America offered at the New York Auto Show by importer Luigi Chinetti was more than twice as expensive as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' exhibited by Max Hoffman. Just a few (14 to 35) were built when the series ended in 1959.
Most of the Pinin Farina cars shared similar lines, however a small group were extremely unique and celebrated their own style. The most notorious of these was the individually-titled 410 Superfast which sported prominent tail fins like the American cars of the era.