At the 1958 Paris Motor Show, Pinin Farina debuted the new face of Ferrari luxury. On their stand was the Superamerica Series III prototype with new features such as covered headlights, C-panel louvers and an elongated egg-crate grill. This prototype set trend for 11 more production Coupés which were similarly styled.
The Series III trailed two earlier series which offered Ferrari’s highest levels of sophistication, exclusivity and performance. Built as the ultimate grand tourer, each car was custom ordered to receive unique bodies and many were made for auto shows or Ferrari’s best clients.
Power came from a potent version of the 4.9-liter engine that was a single-plug variant of the same Lampredi-designed engine that powered Ferrari’s biggest and baddest racecars of the period. Despite having the same ‘Tipo 126’ designation as the previous series, the design was updated to offer anywhere from 380 to 400 bhp. This was supported by a fairly basic steel tube frame with independent double wishbones upfront and a live axle in the rear.
Only 12 Series III cars were made and each used the Pinin Farina Coupé body style set out by the prototype 1015SA. The updated design was lent to all of Ferrari’s road cars including the 250 GT Coupe and 250 GT Cabriolet.
Live Axle w/Locating Arms, Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Telescopic Shocks
1150 kg / 2535.75 lbs
2800 mm / 110.2 in
1455 mm / 57.3 in
1450 mm / 57.1 in
4978 mm / 196.0 in
1727 mm / 68.0 in
~241.35 kph / 150 mph
100 litres or 26.4 gal.
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1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series III – Unbroken provenance from new. Featured as the cover car in the December 2008 edition of Sports Car Market with a detailed analysis, 1323 SA is presented in wonderful condition today. Incredibly rare and beautifully cloaked in one of the finest and most distinctive Pinin Farina body designs, this Superamerica continues to define the pinnacle of Ferrari’s legendarily bespoke GT cars of the late 1950s. Priced at a stratospheric $16,800 when new, this 1959 Series III 410 Superamerica carries a known and unbroken provenance from new, including some of this country’s most well-known collectors and enthusiasts – gentlemen who continually seek the finest and most exclusive motor cars in the world. 1323 SA remains simply one of the fastest, most exclusive, powerful, stylish and unquestionably desirable Ferrari GTs of all time. Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey