1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series III Coupe

THE MOST POWERFUL ROAD-GOING FERRARIS OF THEIR ERA

There were Ferraris … and then there were Ferraris. Enzo Ferrari always wanted to build a few very exclusive grand touring models for very famous and ultra-wealthy clientele. Constructed in several series, in very limited numbers and most frequently bodied by Ferrari’s favorite carrozzeria, Pininfarina (known as Pininfarina beginning in 1961), along with Mario Boano and Ghia, the Superamericas were truly the ultimate Ferraris and were nearly all coupes, attracting an exclusive client list.

Noted American industrialists and businessmen like Bob Wilkie, William Doheny, and Bill Harrah were Superamerica owners. Royal customers included the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Wealthy Italian clientele like ‘Pasta King’ Pietro Barilla and Johnny Walker spirits importer Dottore Enrico Wax headed a list of prominent Europeans who favored the unique and prestigious cars from Modena.

Individually tailored, as Ferrari historian Dean Batchelor said, they incorporated “many detail differences which enhanced their exclusivity.” Traveling in a Superamerica was traveling in style, Batchelor wrote. “The owners knew it, and all who saw the car knew it, which is what the owners wanted them to know.”

CHASSIS NUMBER 1305 SA: A UNIQUE TREASURE

This 410 Superamerica was essentially a modern coachbuilt car, with, in its Series III iteration, a powerful, 4.9-liter, 400-bhp, race-derived, Lampredi V-12 engine. Completed in May 1959, chassis number 1305 SA was the 25th 410 Superamericas built and the 4th of a dozen Series III models produced. As was typical of these bespoke super-coupes, it boasts several special features, including the desirable competition-style covered headlamps, as well as unique rear fenders with one-off taillights. The original color scheme was Nero Tropicale over Naturale leather.

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