Ferrari America: Italian V12 elegance with star-spangled glamour
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Ferrari America: Italian V12 elegance with star-spangled glamour

By MarkOastler - 31 August 2020

The very rare, very expensive and very fast Ferrari America, Superamerica and Superfast breed, created for a demanding and exclusive clientele in the USA and many other countries, represented Ferrari’s top-of-the-line grand touring models from the early 1950s to the late 1960s. 

All Americas shared a common design theme tailored to appeal to ‘bigger is better’ American tastes, comprising front-mounted large-displacement V12 engines, rear-wheel drive and exquisite two-seater berlinetta, cabriolet and spyder bodies or ‘carrozzerias’ crafted only by Italy’s finest coachbuilders.

In The Ferrari Legend: The Road Cars, author Antoine Prunet wrote: “The limited production (Americas) continued without interruption to satisfy the fastidiousness of a few perfectionists who demanded even more performance, comfort and refinement, and who wanted even more of an image of prestige and exclusivity than could be provided by the ‘standard’ Ferrari.”