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Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina Speciale s/n 0355AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina Speciale s/n 0355AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina s/n 0317AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina Speciale s/n 0355AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina Speciale s/n 0355AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina Speciale s/n 0355AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina Speciale s/n 0355AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina Speciale s/n 0355AL

Ferrari 375 America Coupe Pinin Farina Speciale s/n 0355AL

 

The 375 America model was first displayed at the 1953 Paris Salon in Pinin Farina three window coupe form, with a duo tone paint finish. It used the same 2800mm wheelbase chassis as the concurrent 250 Europa, and they were similarly numbered in the odd number road car sequence but carried an "AL" suffix with factory type number reference 104. The mechanical components, apart from the size of the engine, were identical to those of the 250 Europa model. As with the 250 Europa, the majority were fitted with either a Pinin Farina three or five window coupe body, whilst three examples had Vignale coupe bodies, and there was a single Vignale cabriolet. The very last example produced had a special one-off Pinin Farina coupe body with a wrap around front screen, vertical radiator grille, and buttresses running from the roofline into the tail panel, which was built specially for Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat, and displayed at the 1954 Turin Salon.


The engine was a development of the Lampredi designed "long" block V12, with a capacity of 4522cc, and a bore and stroke of 84mm x 68mm, fitted with a bank of three twin choke Weber 40 DCZ or DCF carburettors, twin coil and distributor ignition, to produce a claimed 300bhp. The engine was coupled to a four speed all synchromesh gearbox, which carried the drive through a universally jointed propeller shaft to the rigid rear axle. A total of thirty 375 Americas and 250 Europas were built, although some 250 Europas were subsequently fitted with the larger capacity engine of the 375 America, thus it is difficult to split the production figures exactly. However, most informed sources seem to take the view that there were eighteen 250 examples, and twelve of the 375 model. Visually there is nothing to differentiate between the two models, and the individual type can only be verified visually by checking the chassis plate details, the chassis and engine stamping, or the size of carburettors fitted.


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Production Numbers

Vignale Cabriolet
Note: counted as 250 Europa

1

0353EU

Vignale Coupe

3

0301AL, 0327AL, 0337AL

Pinin Farina Coupe

8

0293AL, 0307AL, 0315EU, 0317AL, 0319AL, 0329AL, 0339AL, 0355AL

Total

11



Technical Specification

Engine

60deg V12, longitudinal, alloy block & cylinder heads

Timing Gear

2 valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft per bank

Bore & Stroke

84mm x 68mm

Unitary Displacement

376.83 cc

Total Displacement

4522 cc

Compression Ratio

8.0:1

Maximum Power

300bhp @ 6300rpm

Transmission

Dry single plate clutch, 4 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

2800mm

Front Track

1325mm

Rear Track

1320mm

Kerb Weight

App’ 1150kgs

Fuel Tank

140litres

Top Speed

circa 230+kph

Keith Bluemel