Robb Design Portfolio: America the Beautiful
1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodynamico
The 400 Superamerica—the ultra-performance GT that made its debut in 1959—represented the penultimate flowering of the truly bespoke Ferrari. More costly than series production models such as the 250 GT Lusso and 250 GTE, the $17,800 Superamerica was powered by Ferrari’s new Colombo-designed 4-liter V-12 engine, which produced 340 hp, and was the first Ferrari road car to incorporate disc brakes. Each Superamerica was unique, built to order for an elite cadre of clients that included Nelson Rockefeller, the Aga Khan, and Fiat’s Gianni Agnelli. Even Enzo Ferrari chose to drive one.
Fewer than 50 examples in two series (short and long wheelbase) were made during five years of production, which ended in 1964 with the introduction of the 500 Superfast, the last of a regal line of bespoke Ferraris that was itself discontinued in 1966. The Series II long-wheelbase car shown here (#5029 SA) features its original Grigio Argento color and exquisite Pininfarina bodywork.