1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione

Combining rarity, powerful mechanical specifications, important racing history and ravishing coachwork, 0320AM is one of three 340/375 MM Works race cars that Ferrari entered at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans. Piloted by Mike Hawthorn and Nino Farina, 0320AM advanced to 2nd place before being disqualified for violating an obscure and old rule that prohibited the addition of fluids before the 28th lap.

0320AM was built on a late 340 MM chassis and featured a 4.1-liter (340-ci) 12-cylinder motor and a brand-new Pininfarina body derived from the 250 MM design. Following the Le Mans race, 0320AM underwent a number of factory upgrades. The original engine, internal number 70M, was disassembled, and the capacity was increased to 4.5 liters (375 ci). The car also received body modifications during this time.

0320AM went on to have a distinguished career, racing at the 24 Hours of Spa, 12 Hours of Pescara, Circuit of Guadeloupe, and the Carrera Panamericana. At the Carrera Panamericana, 0320AM averaged an unbelievable 138 mph for 223 miles, setting a public-road stage record that has yet to be broken.

In 1954, 0320AM was purchased by Luigi Chinetti Motors and brought to the United States. While in the States, it was lightly crashed. During the repairs, the nose was modified and the rear glass was returned to the original wraparound style. In 1974, Berkeley-based Ferrari guru Steve Griswold restored the car. Then, around 1993, renowned Ferrari restorer Wayne Obry restored it again. Under U.S. ownership, 0320AM was campaigned at the 1976 Monterey Historic Races, Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake, and the 1989 Mille Miglia. It was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and at several Cavallino Classic meets.

In 1999, 0320AM was sold to the U.K. 0320AM was shown at the Louis Vuitton Concours d’Elegance, where it won Best of Show. It has been exhibited at several discerning European events, including press days for the 2008 and 2010 Goodwood Festivals of Speed. Additionally, 0320AM was featured in the December 2000 issue of Classic & Sports Car magazine.

In 2006, under the care of Shapecraft Ltd. in England, another restoration was performed. This time the work entailed enlarging the rear-wheelarch intakes and reshaping the nose to its original style with non-recessed headlamps. Currently, 0320AM is finished in 1953 Le Mans-correct livery.

This sensational Ferrari offers exceptional racing provenance that is equaled by very few sports cars of its era. It is one of the three original factory competizione cars that ran at the 1953 Le Mans. Most notably, it is the only known Ferrari Works race car to have been driven by three world champions: Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina, and Mike Hawthorn. It would constitute a crowning acquisition for any significant automobile collection.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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