1959 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Speciale

1959 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 app

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.

1959 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Speciale Gallery

See full 1959 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Speciale Gallery here


In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeLimited Production Car
released at1959 Turin Motor Show
built atMaranello, Italy
coachbuilderPinin Farina
engineType 163 Columbo,60° V12
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainSOHC, 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed3 Weber 42 DCN Carburetors
displacement3967 cc / 242.1 in³
bore77 mm / 3.03 in
stroke71 mm / 2.8 in
power253.5 kw / 340 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output85.71 bhp per litre
bhp/weight241.82 bhp per tonne
torque318.62 nm / 235.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frameSteel Body over Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
front tiresPirelli 185-15
rear tiresPirelli 185-15
front brakesDunlop Discs w/Servo Assist
rear brakesDunlop Discs w/Servo Assist
front wheelsF 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
steeringWorm & Sector
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Radius Arms, Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
curb weight1406 kg / 3100 lbs
wheelbase2420 mm / 95.3 in
front track1359 mm / 53.5 in
rear track1350 mm / 53.1 in
length4300 mm / 169.3 in
width1778 mm / 70.0 in
height1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmission4-Speed Manual w/overdrive
tran clutchMulti-Plate
top speed~280.0 kph / 174.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~9.2 seconds
fuel capacity120 litres or 31.68 gal.