Ferrari 410 SuperAmerica ~ 1955-59
Ferrari’s reputation for top-end sports cars was fast arising, and the lucrative American market was already hooked on Ferrari’s expensive street masterpieces. These American customers needed bigger and torquier engines with more luxurious appointments. So the 340/342/375 America series blueprint (visit file) was kept to inspire the creation of the 1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica.
The ladder tube chassis received a longer wheelbase of 2800 mm (110.2 in) and was widened as well. The engine was still the “Long Block” Lampredi single-cam V12, but it was now bored out to a 5 liter (303 cu in) unit and developed 340 hp at 6000 rpm. Like the “America” series, all 410 Superamericas were handmade by different coachbuilders, and all are different even when styled by the same designer. Available in coupe or cabriolet, the 410 Superamerica was mostly dressed by Pinin Farina who took inspiration from his previous creation, the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa. In general, the 410 Superamerica received imposing front side slated fender air vents, a low roofline, and a panoramic rear window. Although most 410 Superamericas received exposed vertical headlights some later on received profiled covered units. As usual, Borrani wire wheels were fitted, and for a better ride on long journeys, front coil springs replaced the antiquated old spring leaf system.
After 16 Ferrari 410 “Series I” were made, the Ferrari 410 Superamerica “Series II” was introduced in 1957 with a shorter chassis of 8 in (20 cm) for a grand total of 2600 mm (102 in). It now produced 360 hp and was the most powerful Ferrari produced so far with only six built until the 410 Superamerica “Series III” arrived in 1958.
The 410 Series III, 2600 mm (102.4 in) shorter chassis was used, but here the power reached new heights with a claimed 400 hp now giving a top speed over 150 mph (241 km/h). The 0-60 mph was achieved in an incredible 5.5 seconds instead of the 6.5 seconds done by the first series. The series III was produced at 12 units only, totaling the production of the 410 Superamerica series at 34 cars before its replacement came under the name of the 400 Superamerica.
|Model/Year||Ferrari 410 Series I / 1955-57||Ferrari 410 Series II / 1957||Ferrari 410 Series III / 1958-59|
|Designer||Ghia, Boano, Pinin Farina|
|Engine Type||V12 @ 60˚, SOHC. 2V|
|Capacity||4961 cc / 303 cu in|
|Fuel Feed||3 Weber carb|
|Power||340 hp @ 6000 rpm||360 hp @ 6000 rpm||400 hp @ 6500 rpm|
|Torque||311 lb-ft 5000 rpm||340 lb-ft 4700 rpm|
|Transmission||4 speed - RWD|
|Top Speed||150 mph - 241 km/h|
|Chassis||Oval tubular, ladder type|
|Weelbase||2800 mm / 110.2 in||2600 mm / 102.4 in||2600 mm / 102.4 in|
|Front Suspension||Double Wishbones, Coil Springs.|
|Rear Suspension||Semi-elliptic leave springs (live axle)|
|Front Tires||16 x 6 in wheels|
|Rear Tires||16 x 6 in wheels|
|Steering||Worm & Wheel|
|Weight||2976 lb / 1350 kg (depending on coachwork)|
|Country of Origin||Italy|
|Production Num.||16 (Series I) - 34 Total||6 (Series II) - 34 Total||12 (Series III) - 34 Total|