The 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe is a super-rare concept car. Only 34 of these Ferrari’s were produced, in three different series. Nearly all of the body work performed on these vehicles was performed by Pinin Farina. Although some of the 410s look alike, the truth is no two cars are exactly the same.
Some of the most notable features on the 410 Superamerica Coupe include a 4.9L, 340 horsepower V-12 engine that is located in the front of the vehicle, from Lampredi. This engine was race-derived, and capable of going a whopping 261kmh, or 162 miles per hour. The vehicle is rear-wheel-drive, and is powered by a manual, 4-speed transmission. There is an independent front-end suspension, double-wishbones and two coil springs and hydraulic disc brakes all around. The Superamerica III of this year contained triple Weber carburetors, which gave it even more power.
The 1957 410 Superamerica Coupe came in two body styles: a 2-door coupe and a 2-door roadster. Total vehicle weight was around 1247kg, or 2749 pounds. Inside the 410, the driver is surrounded by leather. The instrument panel consists of five different gauges, complete with indicator lights for various functions on the vehicle. The lightweight steel tubes that made up each frame were constructed by Sergio Scaglietti, as was each aluminum panel on the vehicle. In fact, the aluminum was hand-formed, meaning each vehicle was a masterpiece.
The original asking price for the 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe at the 1957 New York Auto Show was $16,800. This was an outrageous price, as it was more than two times as much as similar vehicles by other manufacturers. At an auction in January, 2012, this vehicle sold for over $1.8 million dollars. The value of a fully restored model can be as much as $2.25 million dollars.
Although the 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe is ultra-expensive, its handcrafted design and painstaking attention to detail on each of the 34 vehicles made is sure to turn heads even a half-century later.
The 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Competition Spider is an exceedingly rare European built two door convertible race car. This sports car was designed with rear wheel drive and a five speed manual transmission. The engine is an incredible V12 Tipo 102. The Competition Spider weighs in at 2400 pounds. This lightweight racer is only 102 inches long and 53 inches tall. The double wishbone suspension with transverse leaf springs added both to the appeal and driveability of the Spider.
The makers of the 953 Ferrari 340 MM Competition Spider stated that the car was able to reach a top speed of 174 miles per hour. This speed was accomplished when the vehicle won the 1954 Nassau Trophy race.
Only 26 of the 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Competition Spider were ever made. Fifteen of those vehicles were made by race legend, Pinin Farina. Farina was a two time winner of notional race championships in Argentina in both 1955 and 1956.
The 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Competition Spider took its name from the Mille Miglia race win in 1953. The drivers sped their way to an ultimate win driving a Vignale Spyder. The win boasted Ferrari’s legend as a superior maker of race cars as this was the fifth win in as many years.
One of the few remaining 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Competition Spider’s is going up for auction in Monterrey in August of 2012.
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To say that the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Alloy California Spider Competizione is rare would be quite the understatement, only twelve of these beauties were produced. The overall weight was lightened by using light gauge aluminum in place of the usual steel hard body casing, allowing for faster trip times. The Spider is a sleek and sophisticated convertible that is sure to please any auto enthusiast.
In addition to the lighter framing, other features that make the Spider a car to dream about include racing camshafts with a higher lift and velocity stacked 40DCL/3 Weber carburetors. The 128F engine was frequently found on the California Spider, and boasted an impressive 7300 rpm with 262 hp.
A few of the Spiders had external Tipo 168 spark plugs. There were many performance enhancements squeezed in to reach maximum potential of this hot vehicle. One model produced sported the 168B engine and pushed out 280 hp in 7000 rpm. This was in part due to bigger valves and a raised compression head.
The 1960 Spider featured a double wishbone front suspension with coil springs, and all wheel Dunlop disc brakes. When this marvel of machinery was defined, all accounting was taken into producing a car built for speed. Nothing was forfeited in design or performance technique, and the long wheel base became a classic that lived up to and exceeded Ferrari standards. Anyone would be fortunate to feel the pulse of the engine and the thrill of the drive offered by this masterpiece.