There were those who expected a recent rally challenge, a new sales record, or in any case a millionaire deal given the starting point between 6 and 8 million euros. there Ferrari 340mm Spider Vignal However, expectations were disappointed: the auction of the extremely rare Prancing Horse, one of only 4 extant examples of this model, has been abandoned, as detailed by RM Sotheby’s which offered the historic supercar for sale. Maranello during a dedicated event organized in Montecarlo on May 14.
To fully understand the peculiarity of this car, it is necessary to step back and restore the history of this model. In the 1953 there Ferrari It won the World Sports Car Championship thanks to two models marked by the initials 340 mm and 375 mm. Of the three successes obtained that year, out of seven contested races, he was 340 mm He got Mille Miglia (with Giannino Marzotto at the wheel, for more). A great car, trained by Vignale and equipped with less than 300 horsepower. They’ve built ten in total, and the last one has a very special American-style history.
Between 1953 and 1955, after the usual import Luigi Chinettisuccessfully ran on West Coast of the United States, making all domestic fans fall in love. the frame 0350 AM The spider is one of only four survivors so far, and the engine of Aurelio Lampredi is still in good shape. This is a front and longitudinal 60-degree V12 with a displacement of 4101.66 cc. In America, a car like this really made people dream in terms of performance: won in Reno, Nevada; In Palm Springs and Pebble Beach (California), a Seattle (Washington). He also put together a very long streak of the final podium until he retired from racing, dominated by more recent models. To buy it from Chinetti was Stirling Edwards, a businessman, aviator and pilot. In his hand he was put on the track with blue and white paint in honor of his nationality. Later it was also driven Sabo Dastager, the Indian actor who achieved in the forties a good string of cinematic successes. I changed the paint several times, from red, back to the Edwards era colors, only to settle back into red. She lived in the United States and the United Kingdom, and was often bought by former racers or ringleaders. The Ferrari 340 MM Spider Vignale was also the hero of some moments at Mille Miglia and was particularly well known among collectors. However, the auction turned out to be a failure, so to speak, with no wealthy enthusiasts who decided to stick with it.
Image source: RM Sotheby’s
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