A 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica was purchased at an RM Auction in Monaco for $3.5 million, the highest price ever paid for a Superamerica. The Superamerica is actually just one of only five ‘short-wheelbase’ 400 cabriolets ever produced. The car, which has a diminutive 95-inch wheelbase, was originally purchased in Arizona in 1962. Its first owner brought the V12 convertible to the Bonneville Speed Trials.
The 400 SuperAmerica was powered by a 4.0-liter Gioachino designed V12 engine that delivered 340 hp at 7000 rpm. The engine was coupled to a 4-speed, all synchromesh gearbox, fitted with an electronic overdrive unit on top gear, driving through a universally jointed propeller shaft to a rigid rear axle. The 0 to 60 mph sprint was made in 9.2 seconds, while top speed went up to 174 mph.
The car has been restored in 2005 and a few tweaks here and there have made it unlike a factory model. This is one car to show off on a lovely Sunday drive through some flat country roads.