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Exceptional rare Ferrari 410 Superamerica nets over £1m

Exceptional rare Ferrari 410 Superamerica nets over £1m
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23/1/12

An Arizona auction has seen a very special 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Scaglietti sell for £1.1m.

The stunning, hand-made Ferrari fetched the highest price at an auction which generated over £16m in sales this weekend, and which included cars such as a 1959 BMW 507 Roadster (sold for £640,000), a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder (also £640,000), and a Shelby 427 Cobra (£570,000).

Other cars on sale included a sensational 1993 Jaguar XJ220S, a 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz SL 300 Gullwing, and a 1968 Aston Martin DB6.

But the 410 Superamerica, chassis s/n 0671 to be specific, stole the show. Its astonishing sale price reflects not only its rarity, but its unique provenance, having passed through the hands of one of Hollywood's most distinguished TV directors and Ferrari collectors, Greg Garrison.

Only 34 410s were ever made, each built to customer order so that no two were the same. This one was built for Italian entrepreneur Dottore Enrico Wax, who was famous for importing Johnny Walker whisky.

Enzo Ferrari himself suggested to Wax that his 410 be designed and built by legendary coachbuilder Carrozzeria Scaglietti, whose eponymous owner Sergio was a friend and would later build the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO.

Sergio set about making the 410 on a Ferrari chassis. But rather than designing it on paper first, he assembled steel tubes and hand beat the car into shape from aluminium panels, adding the distinctive fins as he went along.

Wax only held onto s/n 0671 for around one year before selling it, after which it passed to a number of owners before being stolen in the '70s. The car's body was removed by the thief, leaving just the steel frame and the drivetrain - a 4.9-litre, 340bhp V12 engine coupled to a four-speed manual transmission.

That was sold to a farmer in Oregon, who held onto it for years before it drew the attention of Greg Garrison. Garrison was so keen to get the chassis that, having heard it was knocking about the Oregon area, he put out advertisements offering a substantial cash payment for it.

He got it, then went to his old friend Enzo to see if it could be restored. Enzo authenticated the chassis (by looking at a picture of it) then had Sergio Scaglietti himself join the project.

Scaglietti took it by the scruff of the neck, even going as far as to re-hire four of the original workers who'd built the 410 back in '57 - each of whom had long since retired.

Two years after the project started, by 1990, the car was finished, and restored completely to its 1957 glory. It stayed with Garrison until he died in 2005, and the new owner sold it this weekend for the record price.

Auctions organiser RM Auctions has not revealed who has bought the car, or whether it will be displayed at future concours events.