CopyAndPaste
Events
Coming up
Ferraris   by Serial Number
Maseratis   by Serial Number
Gallery
Mercato
Victories
Search
Art & More
Literature
Address Book
Archive
Info
 Home
Price Development
Parts and    Restoration
Culinaria
Contact
Pirro.com

18.09.2010, 11:10:44 cet

Top of Page
 Previous page
 Next page
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL
Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe s/n 0301AL

The 375 America series of Ferrari models was produced from late 1953 into late 1954 alongside the 250 Europa model which shared the same 2800mm wheelbase chassis. The total production run for the two models was 31 cars, although the breakdown has defied precise historical analysis too date. The reason for this is that some 3 litre examples were upgraded to 4.5 litre specification, and in some cases the reverse occurred. The majority of the series received Pinin Farina coupe bodywork, in either three or five window form, a single Ghia coupe, with Vignale couture on five coupes and one cabriolet. The Vignale creations really marked the end of their relationship with Ferrari after a five year period, during which time their variety of body styles was truly prolific.

The 375 America was powered by the Lampredi designed 4.5 litre V12 engine, with a bore and stroke of 84mm x 68mm, that produced a claimed 300bhp at 6300rpm. The engine had a single overhead camshaft per bank of cylinders, and was fitted with three Weber 40 DCF carburettors. This was coupled to a four speed plus reverse gearbox, with drive to a rigid rear axle with semi elliptic leaf springs.

The Vignale bodied 375 Americas were built on chassis numbers 0301AL, 0327AL, and 0337AL, with 250 Europa coupes on chassis numbers 0295EU and 0313EU, plus a 250 Europa cabriolet on chassis number 0353EU, which was one example upgraded to a 4.5 litre engine. The body style can clearly be seen to have derived from that used by Vignale to clothe the 340 Mexico models built for the 1953 Carrera Panamericana road race, albeit with more rounded lines. The general features of a large ovoid radiator grille, long front section running into a short low cabin section, are clearly evident. This styling theme was also used on some 212 Inter models, although no two examples are identical. Vignale crafted each car to carry its own significant styling details, so that every client had a truly original example of his stylistic automobile art form. The work of Vignale from this period was really full of individualistic touches and styling flourishes, together with incredible attention to style detail, so that the interior appointments reflected the exterior adornment, making their heritage instantly recognisable.

The example shown is chassis number 0301AL, the first 375 America model to receive Vignale coachwork, which carries all the attributes referred to above.

Text Keith Bluemel
Images 0310AL Marcel Roks

Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Berlinetta s/n 0222AT
Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Berlinetta s/n 0222AT
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé Vignale s/n 0257EU
Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 0271EU