Colombo equips the first models by assembling a twelve-cylinder engine desired by Ferrari. They are low-volume but a 125 S brings the first victory in a local track competition in Piacenza on 25 May 1947. The Ferrari 166 MM engages in road racing, taking its acronym in reference to the Mille Miglia.
Lampredi designs an innovative engine for Ferrari, also as a twelve-cylinder. The 3.3 liter is for road sport and the 4.1 liter is at first for Formula 1.
In 1950, the first cars equipped with the Lampredi 3.3 liter engine are two Ferrari 275 S, bodied by Touring in barchettas. Despite a promising start in the Mille Miglia, both cars leave the race for the same defect, a broken rear axle. The boss does not like defeat: there will be no further 275 S.
Both 275 S returned to the factory to be upgraded with the 4.1 liter engine that turns them into Ferrari 340 America. They had afterward an acceptable racing history.
The first 275S / 340 is estimated $ 7.5M, for sale by RM Sotheby's in Monterey on August 14, lot 217.
Like many cars of this period, it underwent transformations. After retiring from competition, its body was remade by Scaglietti, again as a barchetta. The 4.1 liter engine was then removed by a conscientious collector who carefully maintained it, and it was later reinstalled.
Driven by Ascari as a 275 S in the 1950 Mille Miglia, this car has reappeared more than once in this competition since 2005. I invite you to watch the video shared by RM Sotheby's demonstrating its great working condition.