By September of 1962 Ferrari updated the 400 Superamerica chassis to have a longer wheelbase of 2600 mm and these became known as the Series II. These were a very limited set of large, fast and luxurious custom-built supercars.
Our feature car, chassis 3949 SA, is one of these late-1962 cars and was first seen at the Torino Motor Show before being sold to its first owner Alfred Erwin Goldschmidt of Stamford, CT, USA.
Special features of 3949 SA include Marchal driving lights, extractor vents in the lower rear fenders, a passenger grab handle and black-bezel instruments.
It remained in America its whole life in the original color scheme of Rosso Cina with black upholstery and with red piping. In this configuration it sold at the 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company for $2,365,000.
RMSotheby’s pick up the story:
“In 2012, the 400 Superamerica was purchased for its current owner’s own illustrious collection. Recently, it received a complete concours-quality restoration by the noted marque specialists at Dennison International of Puyallup, Washington. As part of this work, the body was stripped down to bare metal and refinished in a fine Blu Chiaro Metallizzato, an original color from the Pininfarina paint-chip book, with a proper tan interior retaining the original special-ordered features requested by the Goldschmidts in 1962. During restoration the door sills and floorpans were replaced, while the balance of the panels remain original, including the roof, doors, hood, and deck lid, preserving the integrity of the body for future generations. The original engine, gearbox, and rear axle were all fully rebuilt by Dennison’s in-house craftsmen and the engine dyno-tested to produce its proper correct output. Extensive research went into ensuring that all components of the car would be correct, including installing proper original horns and headlights; the Borrani wheels are also correct and beautiful.”
The next chapter for 3949 SA will be an inclusion into RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale on Saturday, March 12, 2016 with an estimate of $2,700,000 – $3,300,000 USD.
***UPDATE*** Sold for $4.4 million.