The early America road cars are adaptations of the competition models. Ferrari passes (so to speak!) at higher speed by launching in 1954 the study of a road car equipped with a V-12 5-liters Lampredi engine. With a sense for marketing this 410 is named Superamerica. The targeted clientele is the wealthy American and Italian industrialists.
From 1955 to 1959 Ferrari produces 34 units of the 410 Superamerica divided into three series differentiating the production periods. Most of them are coupes.
A Series II coupe bought new in 1957 by the Shah of Iran for use by Princess Soraya was sold for $ 5.1M including premium by Gooding in August 2015.
The Series III of twelve units is the culmination of luxury and also of selling price of the 410 Superamerica. A coupe built by Pinin Farina in 1959 with the desirable variant of the covered headlights is estimated $ 5.5M for sale by RM Sotheby's in Monterey on August 19, lot 249.
The sports performances of open cars are indeed appealing another class of private customers. In 1957 Ferrari creates the small California Spyder with a 3-liter V-12 engine. Designed by Pinin Farina this one is produced as a real series and its bodywork is realized by Scaglietti. The users of this new model are the movie people and their imitators. Some California are adapted in a Competizione version.
SOLD for $ 5.3M including premium