Enzo Ferrari had fully realized he must sell road cars in order to finance his racing ventures by the late 1950s. The automaker’s front-engine Grand Touring cars were widely considered to be some of the best in the world, however his top-shelf luxury cars, the 342 America and 410 Superamerica, were sometimes criticized for their weight and unforgiving driving characteristics.
To remedy this, Ferrari introduce the 400 Superamerica in 1959, which used the company’s improved 4.0-liter Colombo V12 engine, Dunlop disc brakes at all four corners and an overdrive with a higher top end gear ratio. These cars were all based on Ferrari’s short 2,420-millimetre wheelbase and had open bodywork done by Pininfarina.
In 1960, a year after the introduction of the 400 Superamerica, Ferrari debuted the 400 Superamerica Superfast II, which featured ‘Aerodinamico’ coachwork by Pininfarina. This resonated well with the public, and when Ferrari introduced the 400 Superamerica Series II in 1962, which rode on the longer 2,600-millimetre chassis, the car retained the Aerodinamico body.
Approximately 18 of the long-wheelbase coupe Aerodinamicos were built by the time production of the 400 Superamerica Series II came to a close in 1964. One of these cars, Chassis 3931 SA, is set to go under the gavel at RM’s upcoming Paris sale in February,
Chassis 3931 SA was the first Series II car built with the longer wheelbase. Following its completion it was sent to London where it was shown at the Earls Court Motor Show before making the trip stateside to be shown at the Chicago Motor Show. In the 1970s the car resided in San Francisco where it was owned by one Gary Wasserman before he sold it to a buyer in Tokyo in the early 1980s. There it stayed until the early 2000s where it was briefly exported to the USA before returning to Europe.
This car is one of only 18 400 Superamerica Series II LWB models produced and is one of the 14 cars equipped with the desirable covered headlamps. It’s expected to fetch up to $3.6 million when it sells at RM’s Paris auction on February 3, adding it to the seemingly endless list of Ferrari models that have sold for over seven-figures at auction.