1952 Le Mans Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider heads to Bonhams



2016-11-04 14:20:26

An exceptional vintage Ferrari raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is heading to auction at Bonhams in early 2017.

The 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider will lead the company's sale in Scottsdale, Arizona, and comes with remarkable provenance and racing history.

Chassis number 0196A was one of just five original specification examples built by Carrozzeria Vignale, and one of only three that were later upgraded to factory team specifications.

It was the Ferrari works team entry in the 1952 Mille Miglia, driven by Piero Taruffi, and was later raced in the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans by Louis Rosier.

That same year the car also was campaigned in renowned events such as the Targa Florio, the Grand Prix of Bern, the Pescara 12 Hours, the Maloja-Saint Moritz Hill Climb and the Grand Prix of Bari.

Following its Ferrari team racing career, the car was returned to both the Ferrari and the Vignale factories, and was fitted with a bespoke coupé body before being delivered to its first private owner.

(Images: Bonhams)

(Images: Bonhams)

Today the car has been rebodied back into its original racing form, and is described as "what surely must be one of the most attractive if not practical early Ferrari factory team cars" in existence.

It has also become a fixture at the world's most renowned vintage events including the Mille Miglia Storica, the Monterey Historic Races and the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.

Although the car is currently without an estimate, another of the original five Vignale Spiders – without the superb racing provenance of the current example – sold in 2010 for more than $2.5 million.

Further early additions to the roster include a sought-after 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB 'Torque Tube'; a highly original, matching-numbers 1964 Porsche 904 GTS; a 1955 Austin-Healey 100S Sports Racing, offered after 50 years in single ownership; and a exquisitely-restored 1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible.

The Bonhams Scottsdale Auction takes place at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 19.

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