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Year: 1961

Manufacturer: Ferrari

Model: 400 Superamerica

Country: USA

Kevin Cogan

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1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico

1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico by Pininfarina

Chassis 2841 SA was one of 17 400SA Aerodinamico SWB Coupés produced. It was completed in September 1961 and finished in Grigio Fumo (Smoke Grey) with the interior finished in Pelle Rosso (red Connolly) leather.

In November of 1961, the car was delivered to its first owner, Count Fritz Herbert Somsky, of Geneva, Switzerland. It remained with him for some time, but by the 1970s, the car had been imported into the US, where it was owned by Barry le Fave, of Santa Ana, California, who sold it to WB LeFace. Fellow California resident Walter Harris then purchased the car; it was advertised by him in 1980, stating that the car was “all original, numbers matching, had a highly tuned engine, and had rebuilt brakes and rear end.” Presumably, as a result of that advertisement, Harris sold the car to the late Greg Garrison a renowned Ferrari collector and the producer of the Dean Martin Show in Hollywood.

In May of 1999, after almost 20 years of ownership, 2841 SA was sold by Garrison to CA ‘Skeets’ Dunn of Rancho Santa Fe, California. In May 2001, the car was shown at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance by Mr Dunn, and it placed First in Class and won the Meguiar’s Award for best paint.

The car went through an exhaustive and comprehensive Ferrari restoration, where it was disassembled down to every nut and bolt. The body was stripped to bare metal, and every panel and piece of chrome was carefully fitted before re-painting or re-plating. Finally, the body was meticulously refinished in Blu Sera, while the interior was carefully re-trimmed in natural saddle leather.

Upon completion of the restoration in mid-2006, Skeets Dunn elected to show 2841 SA at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it scored 99 points in class for Ferrari GT cars – a remarkable result for a first-time showing, particularly when one considers that the judges included none other than Paul Russell, David Seilstad, and Parker Hall.

Later, in January 2007, the car was shown once again at the XVI Palm Beach Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida where it won a coveted Platinum Award. It has since been shown many times, accumulating a string of Platinum and First in  

Class awards. As a testament to the preservation of this extraordinary car, 2841 SA was awarded a Platinum Award, scoring 99.5 points at the 2013 Ferrari Club of America Concours in Pasadena.

The car was shown at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours, where it won Third in Class. Prior to its showing at Pebble Beach, the car was fully prepared and brought back to as-new condition by Brian Hoyt at Perfect Reflections. It was also shown at the 2015 Hillsborough Concours, where it won First in Class and Best Post-war Closed Car award.

Today, the car looks amazing. The quality of the paint is pristine. All the body panels fit precisely and effortlessly. The chrome does not have any signs of wear and tear. The undercarriage is spotless, and it shows the care and lengthy work that made this car one of the best Superamericas ever restored. No corners were cut on the restoration, which can be admired by looking at the undercarriage. The interior still remains in excellent condition, and it gives the car the extra touch of originality and elegance that makes it so amazing all the way around. However, one can only appreciate the full extent of this restoration’s execution when one closes the door and turns the ignition key. The even sound of the engine, the effortless clutch, the responsive throttle, and the precise gearing make the driving experience beyond divine.

Adding to the car’s extraordinary presentation, it comes complete with books, tools, jack and extensive history file, including the coveted Ferrari Classiche certification book, as well as the aforementioned restoration records and copies of the factory build sheets.

It’s certainly true that any 400SA Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico is extremely rare. This example is all the more unique for its well known ownership history and its high-point, professional restoration, making it arguably one of the best available examples of the 400 Superamerica and, very likely, the finest restored example on the planet.

Tech spec:

340bhp, 3967 cc single-overhead-camshaft V12 engine with triple Solex carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, coil-spring independent front suspension with live rear axle, four-wheel telescopic Koni shock absorbers, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase 95in.

Platinum Awards at Cavallino Classic and FCA meets; 99 points at Pebble Beach

One of only 17 SWB Pininfarina 400SA Coupé Aerodinamicos ever built

Complete with books, tools, luggage, build-sheet copies and extensive documentation

Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified

Very likely the finest restored example in existence


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