1953 Ferrari 375 MM Information
|This 1953 Ferrari 375 Mille Miglia Spyder is chassis number 0370 AM with matching engine number and coachwork by Pinin Farina. It was completed in the winter of 1953 and made its competition debut in the hands of Nino Farina and Piero Scotti at the Casablanca 12 Hour Race. It scored an overall victory in its first outing and would continue to have a successful racing career in its future. While still racing for Scuderia Ferrari, it achieved a first place at the 1954 Buenos Aires 1000 KM at the hands of Farina and Maglioli. |
American racer Masten Gregory purchased the car in March of 1954. In 1954, it was raced in almost a dozen high-profile events and always finished in the top four, often claiming overall wins, and, almost without exception, capturing podium finishes.
At the 1954 Reims Twelve Hour Race, the car finished in 4th. It was 3rd at the Grand Prix Oporto and another 3rd was achieved at the Prescott Hillclimb. At Goodwood it finished 2nd and it achieved an overall win at Aintree. 0370 AM finished 2nd at the Coupe du Salon Montlhery.
The car returned from Europe and was given a new paint scheme livery of white with two black racing stripes. In this guise, Gregory piloted the car to an overall victory at the 1954 Bahamas Automobile Club race in Nassau. Two days later, it won the Nassau Trophy.
Gregory sold the car to A.V. Dayton of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1955. Dayton would continue its racing career in local races in Oklahoma and Kansas City before returning to Nassau where it again achieved an impressive finish.
The car raced in local Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas and Colorado events from 1956 until 1958 where it continued to achieve podium finishes.
Over the next few decades, the car would be housed in private collections, emerging in the mid-1990s and being treated to a comprehensive restoration. It was brought back to its livery that it wears today.
Since the restoration work was completed, the car has participated in selective events, such as the Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge, the Monaco Historic races, the Goodwood Revival and the Tour d'Espana.