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  Ferrari 340/375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1953
Numbers built:3
Designed by:Pinin Farina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 02, 2013
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Chassis: 0320AM
Built specifically for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this is one of three 340 MMs clothed by Pinin Farina with low drag body work. It entered for Mike Hawthorn and Giuseppe Farina, who were disqualified early in the race. For safety reasons, Hawthorn had the brakes bled and the reservoir filled up but this was in violation of an old rule that stipulated that no fluids could be added to the car until the 28th lap. Following a protest by Ferrari, the rule was scratched for 1954 but this provided little consolation for Hawthorn or Farina.

Upon the car's return to Italy, it was sent back to Pinin Farina where the nose was lengthened and the headlights covered to further reduce drag. The V12 engine was also enlarged to bring it up to 375 MM specification. In this guise it was raced at the Spa 24 Hours and won the Pescara 12 Hours in the hands of Mike Hawthorn and Umberto Maglioli. Along with one of its sister cars, chassis 0320AM was then shipped to South America where it placed sixth in the Carrera Panamericana. Maglioli later won the Circuit de Guadeloupe race before it was sold to Luigi Chinetti.

In Mark Schellenberg, the American importer found a new owner for the former works racer. In 1957, it was involved in an accident, which required a new nose to be fitted. It remained in the United States and under the ownership of Robert Sutherland, the 340/375 MM, it was regularly campaigned and shown at events, winning its class at Pebble Beach. Subsequent owners include Sir Anthony Bamford, who sold it to the current custodian in 2006. The car was subsequently restored to its Le Mans configuration, complete with open headlights.


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  Article Image gallery (50) Chassis (2) 0320AM Specifications