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1953 - 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus

1953 - 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus
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  • Ferrari 375 Plus
  • Year:
    1953- 1955
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    330@6000
  • Displacement:
    4954 L
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Nowadays, when you associate Ferrari and motorsport, your mind immediately skips to Formula 1 – the only championship where the Scuderia runs officially. Little over six decades ago, when Ferrari was still a low-volume manufacturer, the Modena-based team would consistently run in both open-wheel and closed bodywork formulas, and their works drivers split between the chores. One such success story away from the dazzling world of F1 is the Ferrari 375 Plus which built on the lessons learned by the factory during the 1953 race season, hence the Plus in the name.

The car, in spite of its short lease of life in works-supported competition, proved to be a force to be reckoned with, even in the company of the newly-launched Jaguar D-Type that went on to become a true legend while history has been far more harsh on the 375 Plus which wasn’t much less of a car. The facts back this statement, as a Le Mans and Carerra Panamericana-winner cannot be considered a bad contender.

Designed during the big-engine era of the World Sports Car Championship, the 375 Plus proved a bit hefty when compared to its direct competition from Jaguar, Maserati and Lancia. The car was routinely out-handled by Lancia’s D24 as well as the D-Type which was famously equipped with disc brakes. But, the brute from Modena never gave up without a proper fight, bringing to the table its gargantuan amounts of power from the meaty 4.9-liter V12 engine.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus.

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1953 - 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus

1953 - 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus

Nowadays, when you associate Ferrari and motorsport, your mind immediately skips to Formula 1 – the only championship where the Scuderia runs officially. Little over six decades ago, when Ferrari was still a low-volume manufacturer, the Modena-based team would consistently run in both open-wheel and closed bodywork formulas, and their works drivers split between the chores. One such success story away from the dazzling world of F1 is the Ferrari 375 Plus which built on the lessons learned by the factory during the 1953 race season, hence the Plus in the name.

The car, in spite of its short lease of life in works-supported competition, proved to be a force to be reckoned with, even in the company of the newly-launched Jaguar D-Type that went on to become a true legend while history has been far more harsh on the 375 Plus which wasn’t much less of a car. The facts back this statement, as a Le Mans and Carerra Panamericana-winner cannot be considered a bad contender.

Designed during the big-engine era of the World Sports Car Championship, the 375 Plus proved a bit hefty when compared to its direct competition from Jaguar, Maserati and Lancia. The car was routinely out-handled by Lancia’s D24 as well as the D-Type which was famously equipped with disc brakes. But, the brute from Modena never gave up without a proper fight, bringing to the table its gargantuan amounts of power from the meaty 4.9-liter V12 engine.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus.

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Of the 20 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auction in 2014, 14 Wore a Ferrari Badge

Of the 20 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auction in 2014, 14 Wore a Ferrari Badge

2014 has been a great for classic automobiles, with many ultra-rare cars hitting the auction block, spurring massive interest and changing owners for millions of dollars. In the United States alone, the biggest market for cars cars, collectors spent no less than $1.3 billion in 2014, up from $1.2 billion in 2013.

This year also saw no less than 19 classic cars sell for more than $5 million, yet another record for the industry. Not surprising, the top 10 is dominated by Ferrari, with the nine most expensive cars wearing the Prancing Horse badge. What’s more, Ferrari also established a new world record as far as auctions go, with a 1962 250 GTO finding a new owner for $38,115,000, smashing the previous record established in 2013 by a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula 1 car by nearly $10 million.

In all, the 20 best-selling classics of 2014 fetched no less than $212.5 million, $144.3 million of which were achieved by 14 Ferraris. The other six vehicles that sold for more than $4.9 million include two Ford GT40s, a Delahaye 135, an Aston Martin DB3S, a McLaren F1 GTR Longtail and a Jaguar D-Type. The Ford GT40 Prototype that sold for $7 million on April 12th in Houston, Texas, is the most expensive American car auctioned in 2014.

Click past the jump to learn which Ferrari models were the most expensive at auctions this year.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed's Annual Bonhams Sale Raises Nearly $39 Million

Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Annual Bonhams Sale Raises Nearly $39 Million

Most of us watched the Goodwood Festival of Speed to see hundreds of awesome road and race cars storm up the Hill. Others, including many past and present racing drivers, travel to Goodwood to hoon the vehicles we drool upon. But there’s a third category of motoring enthusiasts that take trips to England to pay million for the classic cars sold each year by Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auction house.

This year’s event brought together nearly 100 vehicles and more than 400 automotive-related collectors items, raising a staggering £22.6 million (nearly $39 million as of 06/27/2014). One car alone sold for nearly half that amount, with two more fetching more than $1 million each, rounding up yet another successful event.

Not surprising, the most expensive vehicle sold at Goodwood was a Ferrari. Maranello classics are already a common occurrence at such events, and very few change hands for less than $5 million. On the other hand, how often do you see a 102-year-old vehicle sell for more than $1 million? Head over below to find out more about the most expensive classic cars auctioned at Goodwood.

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1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta sold for $12,7 million

1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta sold for $12,7 million

Ferrari entered the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans with three 340/375 MM race cars. One of these three units was auctioned by RM Auctions at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for a total of €9,856,000 - about 12.7 million at the current exchange rates. Sounds like a good day at the auction for Ferrari, except that it also sold a 288 GTO, a F40, a F50, a Enzo and a 599XX track car. But the the biggest haul still came from the 375 MM, despite RM’s estimates that it would only be sold for the half the price it went for.

Apparently, three wealthy individuals really wanted the car and as everybody knows when there’s a bidding itch among people with deep pockets, the price tends to go up a notch. In the end, the car went to a guy from U.K. who, incidentally, also owns a 250 GTO.

This particular 375 MM has quite an impressive background: it participated at the 24 Hour of Spa, the Carrera Panamericana, and won the 12 Hours of Pescara. The car was driven by three World Champions: Hawthorn, Ascari, and Farina.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta.

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1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider by Pininfarina

1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider by Pininfarina

In the 1950s, car racing was nowhere near what it has become today. The majority of the cars on road circuits were more about how good the driver was and how well the car was tuned. This meant that the majority of the cars were lightweight and only had between 200 and 250 horsepower. Having said that, there always has to be some sort of exception and the exception here is the 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider and RM Auctions has one set to go to auction on May 12th, 2012.

The Ferrari 375 MM Spider managed to completely dominate the World Sports Car Championship between 1954 and 1957, winning a total of 11 races and having seven more podium appearances (top 3 or 4 places). It also won two national championships in Argentina in 1954 and 1955.

In 1957, the car was retired following a crash. Post-retirement someone managed to get a hold of this storied racer, pulled out the Italian V-12 and dropped in a U.S.-built V-8 engine, which really seems pointless to us. After the V-8 muscle went into it, this once famed roadster just disappeared from automotive history.

In 1983, this American-powered Ferrari resurfaced and made its way back to home. In Italy, Count Zanon di Valsiurata repaired the image of this car by reinstalling its Italian power plant and restoring it to an acceptable condition.

How does this one-time powerhouse of the WSC and 1 of 15 Pininfarina examples ever built stand up to 2012 standards?

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