Friday, July 30, 2021

1952 Ferrari 340 America

Chassis No. 0202A. 1 of 24 Ferrari 340 America chassis built. Driven to 5th Place finish in the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans by Andre Simon and Lucien Vincent. Meticulous build and restoration by the Ferrari Classiche Department in Italy. Classiche Red Book with White stripe, denoting significant racing Ferrari. Provenance verified. Extensive racing history throughout the U.S. in the 1950s. Vignale coachwork. Finished in period-correct French Racing Blue No. 14 livery. 4.1L V-12 engine. 4-speed manual transmission.
Chassis No. 0202A is the ultimate barn find. Drag racer Mike Sanfilippo purchased the remains of the car in 1990 for $200. After originally planning to cut up the chassis to make a Hot Wheels-type dragster, Sanfilippo thought better and the car sat undisturbed for years. He had no idea that beneath the battered bodywork lay the bones of a precious race Ferrari.

Automotive restoration expert Tom Shaughnessy purchased what was listed as a vintage Devin sports car on eBay for $26,912. After extensive restoration the car is worth millions. In 2016 Bonhams offerred Chassis No. 0196A with an estimate of $7.5-9m. The car appears at Mecum.