This Ferrari, a 340 Mille Miglia Pinin Farina berlinetta entered by the Scuderia Ferrari, is sitting in front of the pits at Le Mans on June 13, 1953, not long before the start of the famous 24 Heures du Mans endurance classic. Mike Hawthorn will start the race in this car but will be disqualified under the odd Le Mans rules on the 12th lap for adding liquid at a pit stop, in this case brake fluid, before lap 28 had been completed. His co-driver, Giuseppe “Nino” Farina, a famous Grand Prix driver and nephew of the body maker Pinin Farina, never got to compete. After Le Mans, this Ferrari would have its motor enlarged to 4.5 liters, making it a 375MM berlinetta. It ran in several more races for the Ferrari factory team before being sold to Luigi Chinetti, Ferrari’s U.S. importer.
The 375MM then went to spend a number of years in Colorado with several owners, the best known being the late Robert Sutherland, founder of the 1000 mile Colorado historic car tour called The Colorado Grand. Various other owners in the U.S. and, more recently, England followed. The current owner is a British Baronet and former amateur racer who owns several important Ferraris and is affectionately known to his friends as “The Butcher,” in reference to his family’s former meat business.
Oh yes, and this Ferrari is for sale! It will be auctioned on May 25th at Villa Erba on Lake Como in Italy at the time of the nearby Villa d’Este Concours. Bring lots of money…
Photo by Günther Molter and © The Klemantaski Collection.