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1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta by Pinin Farina
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340 hp, 4,522 cc single overhead camshaft V12 engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with transverse leaf springs and lever action shocks with rear live axle, twin lever shocks and twin leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102.3"\n\n- The fifth of only seven examples\n- Professional restoration, outstanding condition and matching numbers\n- Never raced, most certainly one of the most original racing Ferraris\n- Known history, including prominent collectors and movie stardom\n- Ferrari Classiche certification\n\nOne cannot help but assume that Enzo Ferrari saw Ettore Bugatti as his role model. Despite their difference in age, both were racing contemporaries, with Ferrari dominating GP racing until the advent of Ferrari’s almost unbeatable and legendary 6C and 8C Alfas were lead to victory by Enzo under the banner of Scuderia Ferrari. Both men built companies whose strategies revolved around superb engineering and whose clients were largely gentlemen racers – in Bugattis case during the pre-WWII years and, in Ferrari’s case, after the war. In both cases, a large part of the profits generated by car sales were used to fund a works racing program. And both men knew that the lessons learned on the track could be used to improve the road cars.\n\nAs was the case with Bugatti, Ferrari’s focus was always on the technologically advanced Grand Prix cars, and like Bugatti, he was cognizant of the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in Grand Prix racing, spreading out the high cost of GP car and engine development to the intense and intimidating sports cars.\n\nIt was not solely about technological development. Sports car racing of the day also earned starting and prize money for the factory, and there was a constant queue of sports racer customers, waving dollars, lira, francs, pounds and pesos, standing outside the factory gate. Each year, more and more of it.\n\nThe 375 MM\n\nWhile the demand for Ferrari’s sports racers was plentiful, the 375 Mille Miglia was an example of a Ferrari that was not for the faint of heart. Regardless of money, what was most essential in owning a 375 MM was the innate ability and skill to drive in spirited competition that made these monstrous sports racers so powerful and simultaneously so challenging.\n\nThe 375 Mille Miglia descended directly from the 4.5-liter GP formula and the big engine that Aurelio Lampredi designed for it. Successful from inception, it was natural to tune the engine down a little, adapt Ferrari’s typical two-tube frame and solid rear axle suspension, wrap a two-seat body around it and go collect some more starting and prize money, while selling some cars to keep the Scuderia in operation. Typically bodied by Pinin Farina, the 375 MM was both the factory’s team car and a favorite of well-heeled customers.\n\nThe 375 MM’s Lampredi engine was an all-alloy beauty with seven main bearings, single overhead camshafts with roller followers and hairpin valve springs and dual magneto ignition. It breathed through a trio of beautiful four-choke Weber 40IF4/C downdraft carbs, a rare instance at the time of Ferrari giving a single carb choke to each cylinder. In 375 MM form it delivered 340 horsepower. The four-speed fully synchronized gearbox was mounted to the engine, driven by a multi-plate clutch. Everything was built for strength and reliability.\n\nThe 375 MM’s chassis was conventional Ferrari, based on two parallel oval tubes in a welded ladder structure. Front suspension was independent by parallel unequal-length A-arms with a transverse leaf spring, sway bar and Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers. The usual Ferrari solid rear axle with semi-elliptic springs, Houdaille shocks and parallel trailing arms (for location and taking braking and acceleration loads) was both well proven and reliable.\n\nS/N 0416AM\n\nThe fifth of only seven examples built with the 4.5-liter engine, 0416AM was delivered new to Rome and always used as a road car. A matching numbers car, it retains its original coachwork, engine, and major drivetrain components. It is finished in its original color combination of Max Meyer light gray with brown leather interior. Professionally restored, the car remains in outstanding condition.\n\nA number of features distinguish 0416AM from others of the series, including seats that adjust both fore, aft and side to side, the lack of rear intakes for brake cooling in the door sills, front and rear bumperettes, fuel filler in rear fender with smaller engine hood and separate access port for the radiator cap.\n\nRoster of Keepers\n\nCompleted by Carrozzeria Pinin Farina on July 8th, 1954, s/n 0416AM was delivered new by the factory to Inico Bernabei Auto, the official dealer in Rome, who sold the car to the first owner, Cavaliere Tommaso Sebastiani of Rome.\n\nIn the early 1960s, the car was exported from Italy to the US. In 1965, it was acquired by Detroit, Michigan Ferrari enthusiast Carl Bross, owner of the Orange Blossom Diamond Ring Company (and 500 MD s/n 452AM, also offered in this sale). Bross kept the car until his death in 1969, when it was sold to Kirk F. White Motors, Radnor and Villanova, Pennsylvania. In October of that year, it was advertised in the Kirk F. White Newsletter, selling a short while later to dealer John Delamater, of Indianapolis, Indiana.\n\nAt the end of 1969, 0416AM was sold by Delamater to Ken Hutchison of Barrington, Illinois. He showed the car April 23rd-25th, 1971 at the 8th Annual Ferrari Club of America meeting held at the restaurant “Chez Paul” at the Glenwood in Chicago, Illinois. In 1986, s/n 0416AM was sold by Hutchison through Peter G. Sachs and Swiss dealer Charles Gnädinger to Engelbert E. Stieger of St. Gallen, Switzerland, for his Turning Wheels Collection, where it would reside for the next 16 years alongside some 30 of the most important Ferraris in the world, including a Ferrari 250GTO, California Spiders and a BB/LM to name just a few. Finally, on January 17th, 2002, Stieger sold the car to the current vendor, where again the car joined a very important European-based Ferrari collection and once again became one of the collection’s crown jewels.\n\nShows and Events\n\nIn 1956, while in the hands of the first owner, the car was featured in the classic Italian film La Fortuna di Essere Donna ("The Fortune of being a Woman") starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and set in Rome.\n\nOn August 11th-14th, 1988, the car was displayed by Stieger during the 16th Annual AvD-Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in Germany, but it was not raced. On April 7th, 1990, 0416AM was driven by Stieger during the Club Ferrari Suisse 20th Anniversary meeting at Montreux, Switzerland, race #48. On May 2nd-5th, 1991, the car was driven at the Mille Miglia Storica by Stieger-Stieger, race #186. Steiger displayed the Ferrari during the 4th Annual Automobiles Classiques et Louis Vuitton Concours d’Elegance at Parc de Bagatelle, Paris on September 7th-8th, 1991, winner of the Prix du Centre International de l’Automobile (Prix de la Passion).\n\nThe Ferrari was driven by Patrick Stieger during the Grand Prix of Erlen, in Erlen, Switzerland, on October 12th-13th, 1991, using race #24. The next event was a track event driven by Stieger during the Ferrari Owners Club Switzerland meeting at Pierre Bardinon's racetrack, Mas du Clos, in France. Then, on October 9th-10th, 1993, the car was driven by Bernhard Berner during the Grand Prix of Erlen using race #186.\n\nOn August 26th-27th, 1995, 0416AM was shown by Stieger during the 3rd Raduno Internazionale Ferrari at Ascona, Switzerland. Next, the car was shown by Stieger during the 50th Anniversary of Ferrari at Rome and Maranello on May 31st-June 8th, 1997, wearing entry #34. From February 14th-22nd, 1998, the Ferrari was displayed by Stieger during the Motor Classic Show “100 Years Ferrari” at Messe Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. On August 22nd, 1998, the car was displayed by Stieger during the Ferrari Days Ostschweiz at Altenrhein, Switzerland. Finally, on September 26th-27th, 1998, 0416AM was shown by Stieger during the Loris Kessel Ferrari Days Ticino at Campione d’Italia.\n\nSummary\n\nAs its name suggests, the 375 Mille Miglia was intended for the open roads and high speed circuits of European races. Predictable handling, robust construction and long, long legs were its attributes. The 375 MM showed just how well Ferrari had conceived and developed it, winning frequently in 1953. These cars were superbly developed and solidly engineered\nand are today among the most important and coveted of Ferrari’s classic fifties sports racers, combining big power with steady, predictable handling and rock solid reliability.\n\nIt is certainly an unusual choice as a road car. The tremendous power output, huge torque curve, and light flywheel gives the car a snarling feel. This instantaneous throttle response, combined with a stiff and quick acting clutch, leaves no doubt about the design purpose of the car. Its natural environment is the track, and it knows exactly what to do when it gets there. In this light, it is remarkable that 0416AM has never raced, and this – combined with its Ferrari Classiche certification – makes it almost certainly one of the most original of all racing Ferraris.\n\nIt is nonetheless an exceptional Ferrari that combines the brawny performance of the 375 MM with Pinin Farina’s very pretty coachwork. 0416AM will be a welcome participant at the most enjoyable and important events where its eligibility is ensured by both its pedigree and rarity. Although it has never turned a wheel in anger, there is no doubt that it certainly could. As a result, it will be an important dual purpose addition to any collection. One of the most outstanding racers of the time, it is also an exhilarating vehicle for enjoying the open road – especially those long stretches where its seemingly inexhaustible Ferrari horsepower revs seemingly without limit.\n\nPlease note that an import duty of 2.5% of the purchase price, including buyer's premium, is payable on this car if purchased by a U.S. resident. Addendum Please note that contrary to the catalog description Peter Sachs was not involved in the sale of this car to Bert Stieger earlier in its history. Please note that should the buyer be a resident of the United States an additional duty of 2.5% is payable on the final sale price of the vehicle plus buyers commission.\n\nChassis no. 0416AM
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Chassis no. 0416AM


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*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.


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