One of 12 original 375 Americas, and one of the two Vignale-bodied coupes, this 1953 Ferrari 375 America Coupe by Carrozzeria Vignale, will be auctioned on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at RM Auctions’ Monterey Sale.
With coachwork by Carrozeria Vignale, this 375 America followed the 340 and 342 America models of 1950 to 1953, and continued to cater to Ferrari’s elite road-car buyers. Originally finished in burgundy with a silver roof and tan upholstery, the example on offer is the 1954 Geneva Salon show car. However, by 1964, the car was known to have been refinished in metallic blue, with its original small taillights having been replaced by larger US-specification units.
Their engine generated 300 bhp of power from the 4523cc capacity and V-12 cylinder design, which raced the car from 0-100 km/ph within 7 seconds, and the upper limit was 257 km/ph. Other mentionable components included the 4-speed Synchromesh manual gearbox, the charismatic oval section tubular steel ladder chassis design and the 4- wheel hydraulic brakes amongst others.
But most recently, the car was returned to its original Geneva show colors, with original paint samples of the burgundy for the body and the silver for the roof located on the car and used to correctly match the colors. In addition, the original small taillights, which were swapped for larger units under Robert Wilke’s ownership in period, were returned to the car.
When the 375 America Coupe went on sale during the 1950’s, it went at a grand price of $10,000 but coming to the current time, it is expected to fetch between the range of $1.75- 2.1 million at the auction. [RM Auctions]