1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica makes record $7.6m

A 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet sold for a record $7.6m at RM Sotheby's on May 2.

The lot led the sale of the prestigious Andrews Collection in Forth Worth, Texas.

Ferrari Superamerica RM
The 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica was raced at the Bonneville Salt Flats

Considered among the most luxurious cars of its era, this specimen was once owned by a millionaire who raced it at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

The auction house explained: "The Ferrari 400 Superamerica, perhaps the most exclusive automobile in the world when new, was a vehicle fit for royalty, and it was one that would suit its owner's every desire.

"While most Superamericas were indeed destined for the carriage houses of royalty, heads of state, captains of industry, celebrities, and the like, chassis number 3309 SA's history, characterized by its appearances at two of the world's most famous motor shows when new and the Bonneville Salt Flats, is truly unique."

The auction included a wealth of cars compiled by father and son team Paul and Chris Andrews, who have built up one of the greatest single owner collections in the US.

Ian Kelleher, managing director of RM Sotheby's West Coast division, commented: "Paul and Chris have been such strong mainstays in the classic car industry over the past 15 years, and to see their extraordinary efforts and commitment to preserving automotive history rewarded with such fantastic results is hugely gratifying."

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