One of the only three Ferrari 375 America that were bodied by Carrozzeria Vignale will be put up for auction this January. This is a very outstanding collector’s item, because of the three copies made by the aforementioned Turin bodybuilder, only two have the peculiar design that this beautiful 12-cylinder Gran Turismo sports.
At the next RM Sotheby’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, we are going to find a very rare and special piece, one of the few Ferrari 375 America that were manufactured in the mid-fifties. Although this unit is even more rare and special, since it corresponds to one of the few copies that were made by Carrozzeria Vignale.
The Ferrari 375 America was an exclusive series of the Italian brand manufactured between 1953 and 1954 intended to replace the Ferrari 342 America. Like its predecessor, it had an extremely limited production. To the point that it is one of the rarest models of the Italian brand, because in total only 12 copies were assembled, although two of them were actually modified Ferrari 250 Europa.
All but one of the units produced had coupe bodywork and the vast majority were bodied by Pininfarina. Though there were a few copies that left the workshops of the bodybuilder Vignale, the same that today gives name to the luxury versions of Ford.
In total, Carrozzeria Vignale only managed to create three copies, two in coupé format, to which the example featured in these photographs belongs, and an open model. So that we are talking about a very rare, prominent and well-known unit of the model, given its origin. Although the truth is that of the three units signed by the Turin coachbuilder, only another copy came to have the peculiar design that this Gran Turismo sports. So really this piece is one of two.
This unit was bodied in 1954, has the chassis number # 0327 and the same V12 Lampredi of 4.5 liters and 300 CV than the rest of the 375 series. This specimen has gone through very different collections, both in Europe and the United States, and has undergone several restorations and configuration changes in recent years. Despite this, the model has required some attention in the interior for some time, where we can see some quite worn leather seats. On the outside it shows off a two-tone finish that was applied after 2009.
RM Sotheby’s will put this unit up for auction in a few weeks at its Scottsdale, Arizona event. The estimates indicate a value understood between 2.4 and 3.4 million dollars.