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Collectors Corner - Ferrari 275 Sport


Ferrari 340 America s/n 0030MT (108) - Vittorio Marzotto - dnf

Ferrari 340 America s/n 0030MT (108) - Vittorio Marzotto - dnf

Ferrari 275 S/340 America Spider Scaglietti s/n 0030MT

Ferrari 275 S/340 America Spider Scaglietti s/n 0030MT

Ferrari 275 S/340 America Spider Scaglietti s/n 0030MT

Ferrari 275 S/340 America Spider Scaglietti s/n 0030MT

Ferrari 275/340 s/n 0030MT Willms/Seidensticker

Ferrari 275/340 s/n 0030MT Willms/Seidensticker

Ferrari 275/340 s/n 0030MT Willms/Seidensticker

Ferrari 275/340 s/n 0030MT Willms/Seidensticker

Ferrari 275/340 S Scaglietti Spyder s/n 0030MT (Michael Willms)

Ferrari 275/340 S Scaglietti Spyder s/n 0030MT (Michael Willms)

Ferrari 275 S America Touring Barchetta s/n 0032MT

Ferrari 275 S America Touring Barchetta s/n 0032MT

 

The 275 Sport model was only produced in two examples, chassis numbers 0030 MT and 0032 MT, both wearing Touring barchetta bodies, and they were subsequently upgraded to 340 engine specifications, i.e. 4.1 litre capacity. They were the first Ferrari sports racing cars to be fitted with the Aurelio Lampredi designed “long block” V12 engine, which had a previously only been used in the monoposto formula cars, like the 375 F1 in which Froilan Gozalez gave Ferrari their first Grand Prix victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July 1951. The Lampredi designed V12 engines are normally referred to as "long" block, to differentiate them from the original Colombo V12 design, which have become known as “short block”. The reason for these reference names was the different spacing of the cylinder bore centres on each bank of the engine, in the two designs. On the Colombo engine they were 90mm, and on the Lampredi engine 108mm, thus increasing the overall length of the block. The wider spacing was necessary to provide the facility for a larger bore diameter, and to incorporate a Lampredi design feature of having the wet cylinder liners screwed into the head. As with the Colombo designed engine, the Lampredi unit featured a single overhead camshaft to each bank of cylinders.  The 275 Sport engine had a bore and stroke of 72mm x 68mm to give a total capacity of 3.3 litres, with a claimed power output of 220bhp at 7200rpm. 

 

... Ferrari 275 Sport Register >>>

 

Both cars first appeared in the 1950 running of the Mille Miglia, chassis # 0030 MT being driven by Alberto Ascari/Senesio Nicolini, and 0032 MT by Luigi Villoresi/Pasqale Cassani, both cars retired, but not before the latter had led the race. 0032 MT reappeared in the 1951 running, driven by Alberto Ascari/Senesio Nicolini, but once again was a retirement.

Technical Specification

Engine

60deg V12, longitudinal, alloy block & cylinder heads

Timing Gear

2 valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft per bank

Bore & Stroke

72 mm x 68 mm

Unitary Displacement

276.80 cc

Total Displacement

3322.30 cc

Compression Ratio

8.0 : 1

Maximum Power

220 bhp at 7200 rpm

Transmission

Dry single plate clutch, 5 speed + reverse gearbox

Chassis

Elliptical-section steel tubes 

Front Suspension

Independent with transverse leaf spring and hydraulic shock absorbers

Rear Suspension

Rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers

Wheelbase

2120 mm

Front Track

1278 mm

Rear Track

1250 mm

Kerb Weight

Approx. 900 kgs

Fuel Tank

135 litres


Keith Bluemel
11/2007