A motorsport legend will be auctioned on May 14 in Monte-Carlo, a sale which will coincide with the weekend of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. RM Sotheby’s will offer for sale a rare Ferrari 340 MM Spider by Vignale , one of the most successful cars of the 1950s.
This is one of four examples still alive today. Its price is estimated between six and eight million euros.
born to win
The Ferrari 340 MM was made in 1953, based on the already very competitive 340 America, which had won several races in the United States and the Mille Miglia. But to participate in the 1953 world championship, Ferrari decided to go even further, modifying its previous model both in terms of the chassis and the mechanics.
With a wheelbase lengthened from 2.42 to 2.50 meters and wider wheels, the 340 MM immediately met with numerous successes. Its « new » mechanics also have a lot to do with it, with a 4.1-liter V12 of 300 horsepower. Ten copies were made, with several great races won to their credit, including the 1000 Miglia, the 24 Hours of Spa, the 1000 km of the Nürburgring or the Giro di Sicilia.
Later, versions with a 4.5 liter, then a 4.9 liter, will arrive, and this final version will allow Ferrari to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1954.
The story of this Ferrari 340 MM
This 340 MM with the chassis number « 0350 AM » sold at auction is considered the « sister » of the 1953 Mille Miglia winner. The model was ordered new by Californian businessman Sterling Edwards, who s went directly to Alfredo Vignale to make his model even more special.
The bodybuilder added three characteristic slots in the wheel arches, triangular air intakes on the rear bumpers, a new bonnet and a new exhaust system. Originally the car was painted dark blue and white, but then changed color often until it reverted to a more classic Ferrari red.
Among the owners of the car was collector Sherman Wolf, who owned the car for almost 30 years. Over the past 10 years, the model has found its way into an important American collection, but it hasn’t been left unturned as it has taken part in a few events and several Concours d’Élégance, such as Pebble Beach in 2015. , where he notably received the Phil Hill Cup prize.
The car can obviously be entered in any historic car race or competition, such as the 1000 Miglia, Le Mans Classic or the Cavallino Classic.