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Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Speciale

The first 400 Superamerica, chassis 1517SA, appeared at the 1959 Salon de Torino as a Coupé Speciale for Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli. In somewhat of a daring move, the order was to design a car that didn’t appear like a Ferrari. The resultant Coupé Speciale.

With some vague instruction, Pinin Farina prepared the car with cues from the 410 Series II and the one-of 375 Coupé Speciale built for Agnelli in 1955. From the earlier show car came a squared-off front radiator and wrap around windscreen, while the rest of the car was bascially 410 Series II with twin front headlights.

Initially the car was presented to Gianni Agnelli, who send the car back for drastic alterations. The split-bumpers were changed to a full-width design and the side flanks of the car were outfitted with stainless-steel panels. Once the modifications were complete the car made an appearance at the 1959 Salone de Torino.


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Specs & Performance

submitted by Richard Owen
type Limited Production Car
released at 1959 Turin Motor Show
built at Maranello, Italy
coachbuilder Pinin Farina
production 1
engine Type 163 Columbo,60° V12
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC, 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed 3 Weber 42 DCN Carburetors
displacement 3967 cc / 242.1 in³
bore 77 mm / 3.03 in
stroke 71 mm / 2.8 in
compression 8.8:1
power 253.5 kw / 340 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 85.71 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 241.82 bhp per tonne
torque 318.62 nm / 235.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frame Steel Body over Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front tires Pirelli 185-15
rear tires Pirelli 185-15
front brakes Dunlop Discs w/Servo Assist
rear brakes Dunlop Discs w/Servo Assist
front wheels F 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
steering Worm & Sector
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
r suspension Live Axle w/Radius Arms, Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1406 kg / 3100 lbs
wheelbase 2420 mm / 95.3 in
front track 1359 mm / 53.5 in
rear track 1350 mm / 53.1 in
length 4300 mm / 169.3 in
width 1778 mm / 70.0 in
height 1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual w/overdrive
tran clutch Multi-Plate
top speed ~280.0 kph / 174.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~9.2 seconds
fuel capacity 120 litres or 31.68 gal.