A 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider will be among headline offerings at the 2017 Bonhams Scottsdale auction, to be held January 19th at the Westin Kierland Resort during Arizona Auction Week.
Documented by marque expert Marcel Massini, number 0196A was a Ferrari works team entry in the 1952 Mille Miglia, driven by Piero Taruffi, raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by Louis Rosier, and campaigned in that year’s Targa Florio, Grand Prix of Bern, Pescara 12 Hours, Maloja-Saint Moritz Hill Climb, Grand Prix of Bari and more.
The Ferrari 340 America is one of five original specification cars built by Carrozzeria Vignale and one of three uprated to factory team specifications. With a powerful Lampredi V12 4.1-liter engine, chassis 0196A features many distinctions that set it apart, such as the specially integrated air intakes, portholes and brake vents on the body, as well as its 340 MM performance specifications.
After its Scuderia Ferrari racing career, the car went back to both the Ferrari and the Vignale factories and was fitted with a bespoke coupe body for delivery to its first private owner. Subsequently rebodied back into its original racing form, 0196A represents Ferrari’s early efforts on the road to world domination.
In addition to the period race history, this 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider has also participated in the Mille Miglia Storica, Monterey Historic Races and Monaco Historic Grand Prix. The open-top Spider configuration and powerful Lampredi V12 4.1-liter engine ensure an exhilarating ride.