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Ferrari America

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Ferrari 340 America, 342 America, 375 America, 410 Superamerica, 400 Superamerica, 500 Superfast, 365 California
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive

Ferrari America is a series of top-end Ferrari models built in the 1950s and 1960s. They were large grand touring cars with the largest V12 engines and often had custom bodywork. All America models used a live axle in the rear, were front-engined, and had worm and sector steering.

Two of the series, the 410 and the 400, were called Superamerica. The final member of the America production family was called the 500 Superfast. The series also includes the 365 California.

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340 America

Ferrari 340 America
Ferrari 340 America Spyder Vignale at Mille Miglia 2012.jpg
Ferrari 340 America Spyder Vignale
23 made
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé
2-door roadster
Engine4.1 L Lampredi V12
Power output220hp
Transmission5-speed manual
Wheelbase2,420 mm (95 in)
Kerb weight900 kg (1,984 lb) (dry, berlinetta)

The first America cars were the 340, produced between 1950 and 1952. Using the new Lampredi V12 developed for Formula One racing, the 340 America could produce 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp).[1] Only 23 copies were built: 11 by Vignale, eight by Touring, and four by Ghia.[2] Giovanni Michelotti designed Coupé and 2+2 Coupé for Ghia and Coupé and Spider for Vignale. In 1951, 340 America Vignale Berlinetta won Mille Miglia race driven by Luigi Villoresi. Three Touring barchettas were also entered that year but did not finish.[3]

The 340 America was replaced by its larger-engined brother, the 375 America.

342 America

Ferrari 342 America
Ferrari 1952 342 America Pinin Farina Front Right on Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance 2011 -Moto@Club4AG.jpg
Ferrari 342 America Pinin Farina Coupé
6 made
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé
2-door convertible
Engine4.1 L Lampredi V12
Power output200hp
Transmission4-speed manual
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104 in)
Kerb weight1,200 kg (2,646 lb)

Only six road cars were made: Vignale Cabriolet (designed by Giovanni Michelotti), two Pinin Farina Cabriolets and three Pinin Farina Coupés. Using the same Lampredi-designed engine as in 340 America with a different carburettor air filter arrangement and thus was detuned to 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp). Last example, the Pinin Farina Cabriolet s/n 0248AL presented at 1953 New York Auto show, was upgraded to 4.5 L engine.[4] Both 340/342 Americas used even chassis numbering of a race cars, while 375 America and later used odd chassis numbering of a road cars. A Black Pinin Farina Cabriolet was owned by King Leopold III of Belgium.

375 America

Ferrari 375 America
Ferrari 375 Vignale 1.jpg
12 made (two were converted from 250 Europas)
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé
2-door roadster
Engine4.5 L (4,522 cc) Lampredi Tipo 104 V12
Power output300hp
Transmission4-speed manual
Wheelbase2,800 mm (110 in)
Kerb weight1,150 kg (2,535 lb)

The 375 America was introduced in 1953 and a Pinin Farina bodied example was shown at that year's Paris Salon. Built as a successor to the 342 America, The 375 used the new 4.5 L (4,522 cc) "long block" Lampredi designed V12 engine that produced up to 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) at 6500 rpm and allowed it do 0-60 mph in under seven seconds and reach a top speed of almost 160 mph (257.5 kmh).[5] The 375 and later used odd chassis numbering of a road cars, while the 340/342 Americas using even chassis numbering of a race cars. The 375 was expensive and exclusive and was only built from late 1953 through 1954. 12 cars were made, with ten being original 375s and two being 250 Europas that were subsequently converted to 375 specifications (the 250 Europa and 375 had a nearly identical wheelbase).[6] The majority of 375s had either three or five-window coupe bodies by Pinin Farina, though Vignale bodied around three Coupés and one convertible.

410 Superamerica

Ferrari 410 Superamerica
1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica.jpg
Series III 410 Superamerica Pinin Farina Coupé
35 made
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé
2-door roadster
Engine5.0 L Lampredi Tipo 126 V12
Power output340hp/360hp
Transmission4-speed manual
Wheelbase2,800 mm (110 in)
2,600 mm (102 in)
Kerb weight1,200 kg (2,646 lb)

Ferrari produced another line of America cars, beginning with the 1955 410 Superamerica. The engine was now up to 5.0 L with 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp) at 6,000 rpm produced thanks to triple Weber 40 DCF carburettors. A 1957 Superamerica series III had triple 46 DCF3 Weber carburetors for even more power (360 PS (265 kW; 355 hp)) and was also the final development for the 'long-block' Lampredi V12.[7]

Each 410 Superamerica had custom bodywork, with a few by Boano and Ghia but most by Ferrari stalwart, Pinin Farina. The price was extremely high—at US$16,800, the 410 Superamerica offered at the New York Auto Show by importer Luigi Chinetti was more than twice as expensive as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing" exhibited by Max Hoffman. Just 35 were built when the series ended in 1959.[8] First 2 series of Pinin Farina coupés were very similar with only 3rd series radically redesigned with non-panoramic rear window, different side-line, lower front grille and more recessed headlights, some covered. While most 3rd series PF coupés had 3 louvres behind side-windows, some have this space glassed over. Series III cars were introduced in 1958.

410 Superfast Pinin Farina Speciale

Also known as "Superfast I", made on 410 Superamerica chassis with 24-plug racing engine, prominent tailfins and bi-coloured body. It was unveiled at the 1956 Paris Auto Show. Wheelbase was shorter at 2,600 mm.

4.9 Superfast

Another show car based on 410 Superamerica chassis and engine was Ferrari 4.9 Superfast. First time presented in Paris, 1957, this car was an evolution of 410 Superfast but without the prominent rear fins. Also the colours were similar but with dark blue-green full body and white roof.

400 Superamerica

Ferrari 400 Superamerica
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico - Flickr - exfordy.jpg
Series I Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Aerodinamico
47 made
DesignerAldo Brovarone at Pinin Farina (Coupé Aerodinamico)
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé
2-door roadster
Engine4.0 L Colombo Tipo 163 V12
Power output340hp
Transmission4-speed manual with overdrive
Wheelbase2,420 mm (95 in)(series I)
2,600 mm (102 in)(series II)
Kerb weight1,250 kg (2,756 lb) (dry, coupé)

The 400 Superamerica had a smaller 4.0 L Colombo engine, but produced as much power as its predecessor, 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp) at 7,000 rpm. It debuted in 1959 as 410 production ended, and was available as a coupe, spider, or cabriolet with custom Pinin Farina bodywork. Four-wheel disc brakes were a new addition. 47 Ferrari 400s had been built, along 2 series, when the 400 stepped aside in 1964, of which 32 were coupé aerodinamico variant. Series I coupés aerodinamico had open hood air scoop while series II cars had covered scoop and slightly longer wheelbase.[9]

400 Superamerica Pinin Farina Coupé Speciale

Special one-off version of 400 Superamerica built in 1959 for Gianni Agnelli. This car was also the very first of 400 Superamericas. Worth note is the fact that very similar body was used on Maserati 5000 GT also built for Sig. Agnelli.

400 Superamerica Superfast II–IV

Originally built as series I Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico Pinin Farina Coupé, chassis no. 2207SA, was bodied and presented as Superfast II at the Torino Motor Show in 1960 and 1961. It was used by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina as his personal car. In 1961 rebodied into Superfast III and presented at 1962 Geneva Motor Show. Same year redesigned another, final, time as Superfast IV. It was a styling concept for the upcoming 500 Superfast model. Currently this show car can be seen on various events with its first styling.

500 Superfast

Ferrari 500 Superfast
1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast fr.jpg
36 made
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé
Engine5.0 L Ferrari Tipo 208 V12
Power output400hp
Transmission4-speed manual with overdrive
5-speed manual
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104 in)
Length4,820 mm (190 in)
Width1,730 mm (68 in)
Height1,280 mm (50 in)
Kerb weight1,400 kg (3,086 lb)

The end of the top-line America series was the 500 Superfast, first shown on the Pininfarina stand at the March 1964 Geneva Motor Show.[10] During development these cars were to be called "Superamerica", but the decision was made at the last moment to use "Superfast" instead.[citation needed]

The engine was a unique 4,962.96 cc (303 cu in) Ferrari Colombo V12 engine,[11] which had the same dimensions as the Lampredi "long-block" engines of the 410 Superamerica, otherwise the design was based on the original Colombo "short block". Breathing through six twin-choke Weber 40 DCZ/6 carburettors, the V12 produced 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) at 6,500 rpm and could push the car to 280 kilometres per hour (174 mph).[11] The chassis was very similar in construction to the contemporary 330 GT 2+2, and bodywork was again done by Pininfarina. When leaving the factory the 500 Superfast originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato CN72 205 VR15 tyres. 36 cars were made from 1964 to 1966, including 12 improved models with a 5-speed transmission in place of the earlier 4-speed plus overdrive. This production total excludes a one-off 330 GT 2+2 produced with a Superfast-style body for Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands. Only coupés were made and no Superfast roadsters were available.

365 California

Ferrari 365 California
Ferrari 1967 365 California (9062327161).jpg
14 made
DesignerTom Tjaarda at Pininfarina[12]
Body and chassis
Body style2+2 convertible
RelatedFerrari 500 Superfast
Engine4.4 L Colombo Tipo 217B V12
Power output320hp
Transmission5-speed manual
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104 in)
Length4,900 mm (193 in)
Width1,780 mm (70 in)
Height1,330 mm (52 in)
Kerb weight1,320 kg (2,910 lb) (dry)

The 365 California replaced the 500 Superfast for 1966. It was the first 365 model, with its 4,390 cc (268 cu in) V12 based on the 330's 4.0 L Colombo unit but with an 81 mm bore. The 365 California used the same chassis as the 500 Superfast but with an evolutionary cabriolet body by Pininfarina. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966, just 14 examples were produced (including 2 in right hand drive) before production ended in 1967. Whilst the prototype was built on a 330 GT 2+2 type 571 chassis,[13] production cars featured type 598 chassis. Chassis' were sent to Pininfarina's Grugliasco plant to be bodied and trimmed which were later returned to Ferrari for fitment of the mechanical components.


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