Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta by Pininfarina

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340/375 MM Berlinetta by Pininfarina





The Ferrari 340 MM was a more powerful version of the 340 Mexico which was intended for the Carrera Panamericana. The use of Weber carburettors helped the 340 achieve 300 hp (224 kW), some 20 more than its Mexico counterpart. 11 examples were made, 4 Pinin Farina Berlinettas, 2 Touring Spyders and 5 Vignale Spyders (designed by Giovanni Michelotti). Some were converted to 375 MM spec

As a factory team car, the Ferrari 340 MM had a brilliant yet relatively short career. The cars were successful from the start, winning the Tour of Sicily with Luigi Villoresi and the Mille Miglia with Count Giannino Marzotto in April 1953 plus the Daily Express Trophy race at Silverstone in May. The 340 MMs were then sold to private clients and entered in a number of races, scoring many successes, particularly in America where the large displacement cars were in strong demand.

The factory raced four 4.1-litre engined 340 MMs: two Vignale Spyders for Giannino Marzotto and Tom Cole, and the two Touring Spyders for Giuseppe Farina and Luigi Villoresi. Support came from various 250 Mille Miglia and numerous other Ferraris. S/N 0268 AM was given race number 615, indicating the starting time at Brescia at 6:15 AM. It was driven by Farina who partnered with Luigi Parenti, but the race was a short one, ending as a dnf with a broken rear axle.

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