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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica

Chassis number : 3949 SA

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Sold for $2,365,000 at 2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction.
Sold for $4,400,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
Ferrari's new top-of-the-line gran turismo was introduced at the 1960 Brussels Motor Show. The new 400 retained the 'Superamerica' moniker of the 410 and it shared little with its immediate predecessor. The 400 SA was based largely on the well-developed 250 series and given many noteworthy mechanical refinements including four-wheel disc brakes, telescopic shock absorbers and a fully synchronized gearbox with overdrive. The most significant change was the engine. The early 'America' models used the Lampredi long-block, which Ferrari ceased production in 1959 in exchange for a much larger variation of the Colombo V-12. The engine displaced 4-liters and fitted with three Weber carburetors produced as much power as the outgoing 410 Superamerica. It also benefitted from improved low-RPM torque and ease of maintenance.

The Superfast II was introduced at the 1960 Torino Motor Show and it would directly impact the appearance of the 400 Superamericas. The wheelbase grew to 2600mm from 1961 on and many of the show car's aesthetic features were incorporated into Pininfarina's Coupe Aerodinamico.

The Coupe Aerodinamico had a tapered tail section, graceful and fluid lines, and a large greenhouse. The seats were upholstered in Connolly leather and they had a spacious luggage platform, a fluted headliner and an ample selection of gauges.

In total, there were just 35 examples of the 400 Superamerica built, with the series divided almost equally between Series I and Series II chassis.

This example, chassis number 3949 SA, was first owned by Erwin Goldschmidt of Stamford, Connecticut. In March of 1962, Goldschmidt ordered the 400 SA through Dr. Amerigo Manicardi, the director of sales at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. Goldschmidt specified his 400 Superamerica in Rosso Cina with black upholstery and matching black-faced gauges. The cockpit was outfitted with two pieces of fitted luggage for the parcel shelf and a central vertical bolster between the seats to provide additional seating for his children. The Pininfarina coachwork incorporated the covered-headlight treatment: Marchal driving lights in the front grille and extractor vents in the lower rear fenders.

The car was ordered with red trim on the seats, door panels and Wilton carpeting. Alloy grab handles on the passenger door were also specified.

The car was completed by Pininfarina on October 20th of 1962 and unveiled on the Ferrari show stand at the 44th annual Torino Motor Show at Parco Valentino, Italy. After its show duties were complete, it returned to the Ferrari factory, where the engine and gearbox were completed and the car was prepared for delivery. Before leaving the factory, the car was loaned to Pininfarina, who took a number of photographs for promotional purposes.

On March 11th of 1963, after having 1,300 miles on the odometer, the car was returned to the Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti in Modena. Once the work was completed, the car was shipped to New York and into the care of Mr. Goldschmidt. On April 1967, the car was displayed at the 4th annual FCA Meeting and Concours held at the Showboat Inn in Greenwich.

After Goldschmidt's death in 1970, ownership of the car passed to his son, Anthony. In late 1977, the car was treated to a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration. The work lasted six months and included an overhaul of the major mechanical components, as well as paint and trimming.

In the Fall of 1979, 3949 SA was on the cover of Cavallino magazine, issue number 7.

The car was shown at the 1995 Newport Beach Concours and the FCA Nationals in 2002. It was also on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles during the late 1990s.

In 2003, after being with the Goldschmidt family for over four decades, the one-off Ferrari was sold to Arizonian Ron Pratte and soon passed into the hands of the current caretaker.

In 2006, the car was shown at the XV Palm Beach Cavallino Classic where it received an FCA Gold Award. In 2007 it took part in the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at Pebble Beach presented by Gooding & Company. The car was estimated to sell for $1,750,000 - $2,500,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $2,365,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2012

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2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,700,000-USD $3,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $4,400,000

2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,750,000-USD $2,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,365,000

1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Ferrari 400 Superamerica

(Data based on Model Year 1962 sales)
1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series II Coupe Aerodinamico
Chassis#: 4251 SA
Sold for USD$2,535,000
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina
Chassis#: 3949 SA
Sold for USD$4,400,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupé Aerodinamico by Pininfarina
Chassis#: 3931 SA
Sold for USD$3,230,221
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Paris
 
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pininfarina
Chassis#: 3309 SA
Sold for USD$7,645,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico
Chassis#: 3221 SA
Sold for USD$4,070,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico by Pininfarina
Chassis#: 3559SA
Sold for USD$2,824,333
  2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico
Chassis#: 3949 SA
Sold for USD$2,365,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: 3559 SA
Sold for USD$2,090,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB
Chassis#: 400 SA 3309
Sold for USD$3,723,440
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1962 Ferrari 400 Super America Coupe
Sold for USD$341,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 
1962 Ferrari 400 Super America Coupe
Sold for USD$363,000
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Ferrari 400 Superamericas That Failed To Sell At Auction

1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico3361 SA2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $2,800,000$3,400,000
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupé3221SA2010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $800,000$1,000,000
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupé Aerodinamico3221SA2009 Bonhams Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club $1,250,000$1,500,000

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1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Profiles

1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica vehicle information
Coupe Aerodynamica
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 3949 SA
Engine #: 163
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica vehicle information
Coupe Aerodynamica
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 4251SA
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica vehicle information
Coupe Aerodynamica
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 4031SA
Engine #: 1287A
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 3309 SA
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica vehicle information
Coupe Aerodynamica
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 3221SA
Engine #: 3221SA
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica vehicle information
Coupe Aerodynamica
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 3559 SA
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica vehicle information
Coupe Aerodynamica
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 3361 SA
Engine #: 3361