1954 ferrari 375mm




1954 ferrari 375mm

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  • Ferrari MM Berlinetta by Pinin Farina. Tim Scott/Fluid Images © Courtesy of RM Auctions. Ferrari MM Berlinetta by Pinin Farina.

    Built to contest the World Sportscar Championship, the MM was Ferrari's most potent weapon. Many examples were made to contest.

    Having won many awards over the years, this one-off Scaglietti Ferrari has done it again. You're looking at the Best in Show at the Pebble.

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    However, this was after McAfee got back into the burning car with 40 gallons of fuel in the tank and drove it to the fire truck! It is really hard for a supercar to qualify as a hypercar. To separate emails with commas. Only 14 possibly 16 Pinin Farina MM Spyders left the officine, plus just 10 coupes in various forms.

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    Ferrari MM Pinin Farina Spyder

    For additional information and photos visit www. Fundamentally, it combined a MM chassis with the 4. Weighing in at just 2, pounds, the MM in Berlinetta form set a lap record at the Sarthe that year before retiring. In early , this Pinin Farina-bodied spider left the Ferrari factory destined for delivery to Southern California construction magnate Anthony Parravano. The chassis were fabricated in small lots by Gilco Autotelai and sent to Ferrari to have the suspension, brakes, steering and mechanical units installed.

    The rolling and operational assembly was sent to Pinin Farina for the installation of the body, paint and finish work. This car was exported with chassis frame stamped AM, identification plate stamped Tipo , number AM, and chassis stamped with Gilco sequence number Pinin Farina job number was stamped on the back of the dash panel and scratched on the underside of the windshield frame.

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    The steering gearbox listed on the original data sheets for the car remains in the car to this time. Tony Parravano was always on the lookout for new driving talents, and he found one in young Manhattan Beach dive boat operator Bob Drake, who had already shown speed in an MG. The car suffered several teething problems in practice, including a water leak from the back of the engine block. As most always happens in endurance racing, then and now, all the work and preparation were for naught.

    After getting off to a strong start out of the Le Mans formation, Jack McAfee failed to show on the seventh lap. However, this was after McAfee got back into the burning car with 40 gallons of fuel in the tank and drove it to the fire truck! Parravano and crew wasted no time returning to California and repairing Just two weeks later the car was on the grid for the Palm Springs Road Races, the damage from the Sebring fire repaired and the body sporting new Maroon paint.

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    Driving the car again on May 1 at Bakersfield, California, in the main event McAfee, after passing a Ferrari Monza for the lead, uncharacteristically overcooked it entering a corner and rolled the car. McAfee emerged unscathed, but the damage to the car was extensive enough that Parravano decided to modify and lighten it by shortening the wheelbase, with the intention of rebuilding it for the Carrera Panamericana.

    The plan was dropped when the race became one of many cancelled after the Le Mans disaster. As business troubles mounted, he moved to transport several of his cars to Mexico to avoid their impending seizure and sale by the IRS. Some made it over the border to Ensenada, where they were placed in storage and later sold by the family. Parravano himself inexplicably disappeared in April of , just three days before an appointed court date in which he fully expected to finally resolve the tax case; he would never be seen again.

    The modified, but not completed, chassis was purchased by another Los Angeles construction contractor, Frank Arciero. The package included the Sutton-bodied Plus and two Maserati 4. Arciero finished the modified , fitting a Mistral Spyder fiberglass body shell, and entered it in the Times-Mirror Grand Prix at Riverside.

    1954 ferrari 375mm

    The field of cars and drivers was probably the best seen in United States sports car racing to this time. During that time, Arciero performed regular upgrades to to maintain its competitive edge with qualifying times at major venues actually improving until In , Arciero installed in one of the Maserati 4. Its first race with the 4. It went on to compete at Nassau, Riverside and Pomona, during which time Arciero regularly advertised the car for sale in Motoracing and other publications.

    At that point it was painted Gold and was fitted with a new Kamm-style tail, but through the years it had retained the original Ferrari MM front frame section, suspension, steering system, differential, wheels and brakes. In , Charles Betz and Fred Peters purchased the rolling chassis and spare wheels from Ron Kellogg and began to locate and purchase the missing components.

    Ferrari Factory Restored 500 Mondial Spyder PF 1954 Rubirosa Ferrari Commercial CARJAM TV HD 2015



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