1955 Ferrari 410 SuperamericaSOLD

Unique Unmolested Car, One of Just 3 Series I SWB 410 Superamericas Built!

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In September of 1955 Ferrari, debuted their new Superamerica line at the Paris Auto Show with s/n 423SA. In total, 37 Superamericas were built, 36 bodied by Pinninfarina and a one off car bodied by Ghia. Just eleven first series cars were built, of which this car is an example, and one of just five Superamericas with the 2.60 meter `Short Wheel Base` chassis. This is the only Series I example to be built in this configuration. Additionally, this is the only 410 Superamerica to be fitted with an elongated hood scoop.

This car was sold new though GASPAR, the Ferrari dealer for Portugal. While the total number of owners from new is uncertain, it is evident that this car is a fantastically well preserved example, and has not yet been the subject of a complete restoration. It remains a straight, solid, complete, and very original car which would make a great event car as is, or alternatively, a great starting place for a comprehensive restoration.

It has most certainly been repainted at least once but remains its original Rosso Metalizzato (dark red metallic). Much of the chrome was re-plated some years back, and the wheels refurbished. Today, the chrome shows minor pitting and deterioration. The aluminum Borrani wire wheels have silver painted centers, which also show minor deterioration from the years. The car sits on older Dunlop 195 R16C tires. The exterior remains in its original configuration with correct Marchal headlights, driving lights, and directional lenses.

The original interior leather has been carefully preserved thought the years, is original, and is in as good condition as you could expect given that it is 51 years old. It shows evidence of having been redyed from a darker color. The carpets and headliner have been replaced, but done in the least invasive way possible. The original sun visors are still in good condition. All the gauges, switches, and knobs are original and in good original condition. The period correct `flat` Nardi wood wheel remains. Overall, the interior has an original look with patina and a feel that simply does not exist inside a restored car.

The engine bay and underside are both representative of a hyper-original car that has never been disassembled. The engine starts easily, revs smoothly with good power and no smoke. It is possible that the engine has never been apart or rebuilt.

As a short wheel base example of the desirable first series cars, this matching numbers, no stories, complete, straight, and solid car will catch the eye of the astute collector who prefers the unrestored truth in motoring history.

Reference Number 2983

as of 8/6/2006

Overview
Car 1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica
VIN 0499SA 
Exterior / Interior Color      Dark Red /      Ivory 
Mileage 48,794 miles 
Options Exterior: Metallic paint
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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