The Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlineta is one of the most unique cars on the market, fetching an astounding $4.3 million at RM Auctions in March 2011. That princely sum is justified considering the 340 Mexico was produced in just three examples, each built exclusively for the 1952 Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico. One of these units, chassis number 0224 AT and driven by Luigi Chinetti, was successful in crossing the finish lane in third place behind two Mercedes 300SL Gullwing models. And, this is the car GWA Tuning has chosen to celebrate with a tributary model.
Using a Ferrari 456 platform as a base, GWA Tuning was able to bring the classic 340 Mexico Berlinetta into modern times. This 456 platform was re-bodied by Coach Building master, Mark Nungent, from Australia. The body was then fixed up with a new diffuser, rear spoiler, side vents, and front splitters, all of which came from newer Ferraris. The body was also stretched by about 15 inches (mostly in the middle) to fit the new platform, but the wheelbase remained the same.
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Toward the end of 1989, there was a big hiccup in the Ferrari lineup. Ferrari had been selling the same big V-12 2+2 since 1972 at that point, mildly updated and renamed every few years. And as the company looked at entering the ’90s with a design and horsepower number from 1972, Ferrari decided instead to kill off the 412, even though there was no replacement yet. It was two years before another big 2+2 would show up to replace the 412, and not counting limited production supercars, it was the only time in the company’s history that a gap like that existed.
It might seem like an extreme, but a radical change was needed, and when the 456 finally debuted in 1992, it was very clear that Ferrari had completely rethought its approach to this segment. Not only that, but in 1992, the 456 was by far the most modern car in the company lineup, as well as the a more powerful car than anything Ferrari had ever built, with the single exception of the F40. It set a new standard for Ferrari in the ’90s, and paved the way for a complete styling overhaul, things no 2+2 had done before.
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Few cars that wear the “GT” initials in their name are actually worthy of it. The Ferrari 456 GT is one of the cars that define the genre. Fast, elegant and comfortable, this Ferrari four seater supercar of the â€˜90s is one of the most beautiful “Gran Turismo” of all times. Those 3,700 lbs of beauty can accelerate four persons to 60 mph in 5 seconds and reach a later limit of 186 mph.
The 456M (M for modified) GT represents the evolution of a Ferrari for those wanting four seats and diverse sporting ability. Though a Ferrari is a two-seater by birth, 2+2 versions have long represented an important tradition for the marque. 1948’s Turin Show saw the Touring four-seat version of the "Barchetta" that won the 1949 Le Mans 24-hours, demonstrating the direct relationship between practical road car and state of the art sports racer. The 456M likewise represents the optimum balance of 12-cylinder performance with the comfort of a 2+2 GT Ferrari.
In 1966 ’2+2’ first appeared on a Ferrari: Pininfarina’s 250GT. Since then, Pininfarina has risen to the challenge of designing every Ferrari 2+2. The quality of Pininfarina’s original 456 styling was so fine that redesign would have been premature. Evolution was chosen to improve and refine mechanicals and aerodynamics while keeping the successful interpretation of a 2+2 with a V-12 coupled to a rear transaxle. The 456M GT enjoyed aerodynamic and thermal improvements, a more functional cockpit, improved space efficiency, and finer performance, ergonomics, and safety
At the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari introduced a special two-tone version of the 456M GT as a further example of the personalisation opportunities offered by the Carrozzeria Scaglietti personalisation programme, presently adopted by 90% of Ferrari’s clientele.