Aurelio Lampredi develops the Ferrari V12 engine by increasing the displacement and power. The brand can now pursuit a legitimate ambition in Formula 1 and endurance racing while appealing the private customers of sports cars.
In 1950 the Ferrari 340 equipped with a Lampredi 4.1 liters engine is the first model offering an America version. By economy of money for that very recent brand, some earlier cars are converted in 340 America. The culmination of this product line is the 410 Superamerica with a Lampredi of 5 liters, released in 1955.
Ferrari uses a network of subcontractors for the bodywork : Vignale, Touring, Ghia. The elite cars in this range are equipped in barchetta or spider with a minimalist design targetting the effectiveness. Out of a total of twenty-two 340 America, three units receive an exclusively Competizione configuration.
A 340 America was sold for € 7,3M including premium by RM Sotheby's on May 14, 2016. It had retained its original engine and its body had been recently restored in its 1951 Le Mans configuration as a Touring barchetta.
On January 19 in Scottsdale, Bonhams sells a 340 America from 1952 equipped with its original engine and re-established in 2000 in its 1952 Mille Miglia configuration as a Vignale spider competizione. It is estimated $ 7.5M, lot 44.
The image of this car in its current body is shared on Wikimedia.
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SOLD for $ 6.4M including premium