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Collectors Corner - Ferrari 340 America


Ferrari 340 America Vignale Berlinetta s/n 0082A

Ferrari 340 America Vignale Berlinetta s/n 0082A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta s/n 0114A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta s/n 0114A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta s/n 0116A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta s/n 0116A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Berlinetta s/n 0122A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Berlinetta s/n 0122A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta s/n 0124A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta s/n 0124A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Berlinetta s/n 0126A

Ferrari 340 America Touring Berlinetta s/n 0126A

Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spyder s/n 0140A

Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spyder s/n 0140A

Ferrari 340 America Ghia Coupe s/n 0148A

Ferrari 340 America Ghia Coupe s/n 0148A

Ferrari 340 America Ghia Coupe s/n 0150A

Ferrari 340 America Ghia Coupe s/n 0150A

 

In 1951 Ferrari used two different type of engine the 212 and the 340. The total displacment of the 340 engine was 4.101 cc, at 6000 rpm it produced 220 bph, the test sheet of 0122A documented 215 bhp at 6500 rpm.

A total of 23 cars were build.

Touring Barchetta

6

0114A, 0116A, 0118A, 0120A, 0124A, 0144A

Touring Berlinetta

2

0122A, 0126A

Vignale Spyder

5

0140A, 0196A, 0202A, 0204A, 0238A

Vignale Berlinetta

5

0082A, 0132A, 0174A, 0206A, 0212A

Vignale Convertible

1

0138A

Ghia Coupe

4

0130A, 0142A, 0148A, 0150A

Total

23

 

A beautiful Vignale Berlinetta 0082A, a works car, was the 1st 340 America driven by Luigi Villoresi and Piero Cassani to victory in the 1951 Mille Miglia, the very same car won the '51 GP of Portugal in the hands of Portoguise driver de Olivera.

A Touring barchetta (0114A) was entered by a private driver Otto Wild in the '51 Mille Miglia, but it was a no show since the car was not completed for the Mille Milgia, it was use as a spare car in Le Mans.

Loius Dreyfus drove the 240 Barchetta 0116A in '51 and '52 in Le Mans and was both times a did not finish.

0118A was also bodied by Touring as Barchetta and sold to an American customer Bill Spear from Manchaster New Hampshire it did not finish in Le Mans but with in Elkhart Lake 5th OA. The Canadian driver Edward Hall was also a Le Mans entraned and dropped out in 4th position in the 17th hour with a starter problem. In 1954 it was good for a 1st place at the Daytona Beach Speed Trial.

The Belgium dealer Richard received a Touring Berlinetta 0122A, it has no period race history.

James Kimberly of Chicago took delivery of 0124A in '51, a Touring Barchetta , in '52 Kimberly won the 12h Vero Beach race.

0126A a Touring Berlinetta was sold to Tomaso Sebastiani, Roma, the car was sold to the Sydney Chaplin, the son of Charles Chaplin.

David Brown of Aston Martin was the 1st owner of the Ghia bodied Coupe 0130AL.

Ponti & Mambretti in Roma took delivery of 0132A a Vignale Coupe, in '52 the car was owned by American race driver Ernie McAfee.

Mr. Lindner of Detroit, Michigan was the 1st owner of 0138A Vignale Cabriolet, the body of the car was destroyed when owned by Charles Brocket. George Joseph of Denver raced the yellow Vignale Spyder in some local races.

John Perona of New York was the 1st owner of 0142A a Ghia Berlinetta.

0144A is a Touring Barchetta and has lived all it's life in the Phillipnes.

Michel Paul Cavalier a SEFAC Director was the 1st owner of the Ghia Coupe 0148A.

Tony Parravano's racing team owned 0150A and Ghia Coupe finished the '52 Carrera Panamericana in 5th position driven by to unrelated drives Jack and Ernie McAfee.

0174A a Vignale Coupe was sold in Italy to Fassio.

The Vignale Spyder 0196A was a factory team car, entered in the Mille Miglia, the GP of Bern and the 24h Le Mans, but did not finish any of this races.

0202A a Vignale Spyder was entered in many Italian hill climbs with great success, driven by Piero Scotti. James Kimberly of Chicago also owned and raced this 340 America Vignale Barchetta in '53, this car was a factory race car and was raced by Luigi Chinetti and Jean Lucas in Le Mans 24h race.

0206A a Vignal Berlinetta was raced in Le Mans with graet success to 5th position by and Simon and Vincent and 3rd in the Madera road race in California by young Masten Gregory.

The Emperor of Indochina Bao Dai used in France 0212A a Vignale Berlinetta for his joy.

0238A a Vignale Spyder was the 1st Ferrari imported into Sweden.

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Technical Specifcations

Engine

Type - Construction Number

250

Engine

Front longitudinal 60░ V12, light alloy cylinder block and head

Timing gear

2 valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank

Bore and stroke

80 x 68 mm

Total displacement

4,101.66 cc

Unitary displacement

341.8 cc

Compression ratio

8:1

Maximum power

220 bhp at 6,000 rpm

Transmission

Dry, single-plate clutch, 5 speed- gearbox + reverse, conventional differential

Chassis

Chassis

Elliptical-section steel tubes

Front suspension

Independent, double wishbone, single transverse leaf spring

Rear suspension

Live axle, longitudinal semi-elliptic leaf springs

Wheelbase

2,420 mm

Front track

1,278 mm

Rear track

1,250 mm

Kerb weight

900 kg

Fuel tank

135 litres

Top speed

240 km/h