Stunning Superamerica Wins Major Cup
At the 2014 Cavallino Classic Concorso d’Eleganza, the winner of the Scuderia Ferrari Cup for the Finest GT Ferrari was the 1963 400 Superamerica, s/n 4279 SA, from Jack & Debbie Thomas.
The 400 Superamerica was a special car for Ferrari’s wealthiest and most discerning customers. These GT aerodinamico coupes were the last of the true custom coachwork Ferraris and many consider all examples of this series to be “one-off” cars, in so far as there are variations requested by different customers. This is 1 of only 35 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico’s produced and 1 of 19 long-wheel base Series II cars and 1 of only 14 long-wheel base coupes with covered headlights. So it may be considered either a one-off, as most historians suggest; or 1 of only 14 long-wheel base Series II cars with covered headlights. These were originally 17 short chassis cars produced (1959-1962) and then in 1962 the wheelbase was increased from 2.42 meters to 2.60 meters (2600 mm). This is a 1963 long-wheel base model. The 400 Superamerica showcased the evolution of the America and Superamerica series with a 340 h.p. Columbo V-12 engine (not a Lampredi) and 4 wheel Dunlop disc brakes.
Mr. Thomas is only the fourth owner of this car. According to Marcel Massini, who researched the car’s history, the first owner was Sig. Mereghette of Milan. He sold it to a Mr. Corradini, a resident of Milan and the U.S. He them sold it to a cardiologist in Ohio, a Dr. Saadi, from whom Mr. Thomas acquired the car.
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