Enzo Ferrari was reluctant to begin manufacturing this '$2.1m' classic...


2015-06-26 12:30:12


Enzo Ferrari was reluctant to begin manufacturing this '$2.1m' classic...

And collectors now have a chance to own it for in excess of $1m at RM's upcoming Monterey sale

What kind of car sells for up to $2.1m? Well, this Ferrari 375 America Coupe is in with a good chance...

One of 12 original 375 Americas, and one of the two Vignale-bodied coupes, this Ferrari is incredibly vintage and dates all the way back to 1953.

Many say that Enzo Ferrari was reluctant to begin manufacturing road-going Gran Turismo cars at the request of his wealthiest racing-car customers.

Everything except the coachwork was built in-house, while such famed coachbuilders as Ghia, Touring, Vignale and Pinin Farina provided an array of hand-built bodywork.

The 375 America, and early Ferrari classic from 1953...

With coachwork by Carrozeria Vignale, this 375 America followed the 340 and 342 America models of 1950 to 1953, and continued to cater to Ferrari's elite road-car buyers.

They wanted a large-displacement, high-horsepower road car with bespoke styling and a luxurious and quiet passenger cabin - and the 375 certainly delivered.

The car has some power to back up its classic looks, with a 300 bhp via a 4,523 cc V-12 engine under the bonnet.

Other features of the Coupe include triple Weber 40DCZ3 dual-choke carburetors, a four-speed all-synchromesh manual gearbox, and oval-section tubular steel ladder-type chassis.

Under the bonnet... The car's 4,523 cc V-12 engine

Ferrari's then-typical underpinnings included front and rear leaf-spring suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes and Borrani wire-spoke wheels.

The car will be auctioned onSaturday, August 20, 2011, at RM's Monterey, US, sale. The whole event runs between August 19-20.

It's estimated at $1,750,000-$2,100,000.

Watch this space for more news on the upcoming sale.

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