1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series I LWB by PinninfarinaSOLD

Beautifully Restored with Fantastic History, 2nd Place at Cavallino, Event Ready

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1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica
Series I LWB by Pinninfarina
S/N 0481SA, Engine No. 0481 SA
Dark Green with Silver Roof and Green Leather Interior

Ferrari 410 Superamerica serial number 0481SA was special ordered and specially equipped for Fred Lip, a watchmaker, of Dyon, France. As a Frenchman, Fred Lip was the only non-Italian member of the Ferrari Board of Directors. Lip was small in stature, and a heavy gambler, who shuttled large amounts of cash between Monaco and Paris. Among other special features, this 410 was equipped with more elaborate door upholstery than others, a nickel plated Walther pistol and holster, Jaeger chronometer set, dash mounted temperature gauge, telescoping steering wheel, and bolster pillow to allow Mr. Lip to see the Alps over the steering wheel and cowling of his amazing car. Being somewhat superstitious, Mr. Lip ordered 0481SA in `the color of money` green, with fog lights mounted within the grille mouth, a prancing horse badge, uniquely peaked front fenders, no side vents, and short wave radio adjustment dial mounted below the dash. When compared to other Superamericas, the motor in this car appears to be set further back in the engine bay, and a special distributor access panel exists that is not found on others.

The new Superamerica line debuted at the 1955 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 16 cars were built in the first series, of which this is the 7th. S/n 0481SA was finished in Late 1955, and delivered to Lip in early 1956. According to Prunet`s book Legend: Ferrari Road Cars, during Lip`s ownership this car was shown at the Paris Auto Show in 1956. In 1959 Lip sold the car to Don Jetter, and American jazz musician living in France. A very colorful car indeed, with an equally colorful history.

In 1964, the car was imported to the US by Chinetti who repaired a bad clutch, had it repainted around the corner at Victor`s Auto Service, and promptly sold it to Jeff Slutsky of New York, NY. In the late 1970s and into the 1980s this car transitioned through a number of owners, all of who experienced clutch problems, and consequently used the car very little. The current owner believes the shown kilometers of 11,447 may be accurate from new.

In 1984 Tom Stegman bought the car, still in dark green with green interior, but now described as cosmetically rough, but mechanically sound. Stegman was driving the car to and from Ferrari club events in the Ohio area as late as 1995, still totally unrestored.

Despite the fact that the car was in good running condition mechanically at the time, Stegman commissioned a complete and total restoration in 1997. The engine showed good compression and good power before being disassembled down to the block and heads. The bearing caps were removed, and the bearings inspected. The cams were checked and restored by Lunati. The valve springs were checked and reconditioned. The valves were adjusted and a new timing chain installed. The oil and water pumps were rebuilt, and the shafts hard chromed. The oil filter was converted to Vector cartridge filter. The cam sprockets were replaced and the headers repaired. The water pipes were repaired and replated. The generator, starter, and distributors were rebuilt and refinished. The ignition parts, voltage regulator and coils are all new. The carburetors were rebuilt and retuned to factory settings. The air cleaner assembly was restored. A new thermostat and valve were installed and the motor mounts replaced. All parts were painted, plated, black oxided as original. All bearings, seals, gaskets, hoses were replaced. All tags, plates, and decals restored or replaced.

The transmission was cleaned, inspected, and re-assembled with new seals, bearings, and gaskets. A Quartermaster double-disc clutch was installed, with Quartermaster custom flywheel, to eliminate the clutch issues which plagued the car in the past. The driveshaft and U-joints were replaced. The rear axle was cleaned, inspected, re-assembled with new seals, bearings, and gaskets. A new exhaust system with new correct hangers was fitted.

The frame was cleaned, repaired as necessary, and painted. The radiator was re-cored, and radiator blind and control restored. The fuel tank was cleaned and resealed.

The front suspension was rebuilt with new bushings and tie rod ends. Houdaille shocks restored with new seals and valves. The brakes were also restored with all soft lines, cylinders, and shoes. The drums were checked and turned. All 5 wheels were restored by Dayton Wire Wheel. The rims were polished, the hubs plated, and heavy duty stainless steel spokes fitted. At this time, new wheel bearings were fitted, and new, correct 2 ear knock offs fitted. Currently the car sits on Michelin Radial X tires.

The exterior was stripped to bare metal and prepped with epoxy chromate primer. Ultra high quality urethane base coat, clear coat materials were used and the color was carefully matched to original. All trim was removed, repaired, and replated. A new grille was fabricated and all badges were replaced with new items or restored. A new windshield, wiper arms, and blades were installed. Correct restored Marchal headlights and foglights were also purchased and installed, and new Scintilla signal lights were also fitted. New Marchal sail marker lights and new Carello tail light lenses. New Hirschmann radio antenna. All rubber seals and body gaskets replaced with new.

The interior was completely re-upholstered with Hirsch Deluxe Supersoft leather in Bottle Green, to match the original green. New Wilton grey carpet was installed to match roof. The seats were rebuilt and recessed, generating more headroom for tall drivers. The steering wheel was restored and sun visors and rear view mirror were fabricated as original. The dash was repaired and restored, and the radio converted to electronic AM/FM but maintaining the original appearance. New radio speakers matched to radio and were also installed. A correct metric speedometer was sourced and installed, and all instruments, gauges, switches, etc. were serviced as necessary. All of the interior trim was repaired, painted, plated as original. And all fasteners used were of the correct type and size. The window mechanisms were cleaned and lubricated, and new sound proofing and insulation was installed.

The engine bay was also completely restored, with a new hood liner fabricated as original, and reproduction SAFA battery sourced and installed with correct battery lead terminals.

Interestingly, the trunk was left completely original. The very good original carpet and rubber mat were simply cleaned.

In 1998, once finished, Stegman showed the car at Cavallino, where it took second in class, and then comfortably competed in the Colorado Grand. He owned the car until 2001, 17 years in all. Stegman sold the car to the current owner, an avid Ferrari enthusiast in California. During the last five years Patrick Otis has rebuilt the carburetors, distributors, and rear end.

Today the car remains in outstanding condition. Only very minor use marks on the doors and light rock chips to the frontal area separate this from a freshly restored car. Every aspect of the car cosmetically is as-new or near to it. Mechanically, this is an excuse free car which needs nothing. Even the radio works, and we presume the pistol as well.

In 2005 this car was invited to be displayed at Pebble Beach as part of 55th Concourse de Elegance, nicely rounding out the cars history.

With the car comes the Jaeger chronometer set, custom green leather booster cushion, nickel plated Walther pistol, green leather tool roll, complete with all tools and jack, and records for the restoration work. You would be challenged to find an early, historically significant road going Ferrari with such a unique history in this impeccably restored condition within the same value bracket. Both in history and in equipment, this is a one of a kind automobile.

Please also see feature Article for this car in Cavallino, Aug. 2001.

Reference Number 5602

as of 12/31/2006

Overview
Car 1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series I LWB by Pinninfarina
VIN 0481SA 
Exterior / Interior Color      Dark Green /      Green 
Mileage 11,447 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Metallic paint, Two-tone paint, Wire wheels
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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