Gallery Junction presents the: 1964 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico Coupe by Pininfarina. By late 1959 the Ferrari 410 Superamerica, the marque's legendary premium luxury touring model, had been in production for three years. Despite tremendous styling and plush appointments, the 410 had grown to be mechanically dated by its drum brakes and 4-speed gearbox. In response, Ferrari introduced a revised Superamerica at the 1959 Turin Salon with chassis improvements including Dunlop disc brakes at all four corners, and an overdrive unit that substantially increased the car's top speed. Perhaps most importantly, the new Superamerica featured an entirely different powerplant than the evolution of big-block Lampredi engines heretofore utilized in predecessors such as the 342 America and 410 Super America. Ferrari instead reverted to the classic Colombo short-block, enlarging its mainstay engine to displace almost four liters, and mounting it with the desirable Testa Rossa-style outside-plug cylinder heads (which provided easier plug changes and were less prone to failure because of individual porting). The shorter Colombo motor also offered a lower physical profile that could facilitate a more aerodynamically raked hood. Pininfarina took full advantage of these dimensions in crafting a new streamlined coupe called the Superfast II, which debuted at Turin in 1960. The showcar's unique design included a small gaping-mouth grille and tapered fastback tail, elements that were soon replicated in series production in a bodystyle dubbed the Coupe Aerodinamico. In September 1962, the 400 Superamerica was further improved with a longer wheelbase that increased cabin space. Duplicating the 2,650 mm wheelbase of the concurrent 250 GTE 2+2, the LWB 400 Superamerica was built in a brief run of 25 examples, approximately 18 of which were clothed with Aerodinamico coachwork. These rare and beautiful cars were perhaps the apogee of the closed premium Ferrari grand tourer, and were originally purchased by some of the world's most elite motorists, including Gianni Agnelli, Michel Paul-Cavalier, and Nelson Rockefeller. Boasting power, exclusivity, and the finest of appointments, the striking 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico achieved a degree of refinement that Maranello has scarcely equaled since.
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