1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pininfarina

Darin Schnabel ©2014, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Chassis 3309SA’s tale started in 1962. This Ferrari 400 Superamerica cabriolet would be the last short-wheelbase model built. It was finished in Red Metallic and fitted with covered headlights and a factory hard top. This was perhaps the ultimate example of its breed.

Its first destination would be the Geneva Motor Show, where it was displayed on Ferrari’s stand. Later, after being air-freighted to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, CT, it was displayed at the New York International Auto Show.

In 2005, the car received a no-expense-spared full restoration with a team of California’s best restorers. The project was managed by noted Ferrari restorer Patrick Ottis, who was also responsible for restoring the car’s mechanical components. The body was finished in black paint by Brian Hoyt of Perfect Restorations. The interior was trimmed in red leather by Ken Nemanic.

Its first outing following its restoration was to the 2009 Cavallino Classic, where it was awarded Platinum and a feature in the April/May 2009 issue of Cavallino magazine. Next was the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, where it earned 98 points in judging. More recently, it was shown at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

The Ferrari 400 Superamerica, perhaps the most exclusive automobile in the world when new, was a vehicle fit for royalty. The acquisition of such an automobile is to be taken seriously, as there is no limit to what 3309 can do for its next owner.

The car is accompanied by its Ferrari Classiche certification binder, tools, a jack and an original owner’s manual.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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