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1952 Ferrari 342 America Cabriolet

  • Coachwork by Vignale
  • Chassis Number: 0232 AL
  • Engine Number: 0232 AL
The Ferrari 342 America was a luxurious and powerful custom road car for the factory's best clients. They were built on an extended 2,650-mm wheelbase and powered by an enlarged 200 horsepower Lampredi V-12 engine. In total, just six examples were built. Each example was delivered with an even chassis number, carrying the suffix 'AL' for 'America Lungo,' and all had left-hand drive.

Chassis number 0232 AL was the very first 342 America built, and the first of three completed with cabriolet coachwork. This example was bodied by Vignale and was given the unique feature of slotted taillights recessed into the fenders. The car was test driven by the factory on October 27th of 1952, and delivered to its first owner on January 14th of 1953.

This car's first owner was Odofranco 'Otto' Wild of Muri, Switzerland. It was later exported to the United States in the late 1950s or early 1960s, and acquired by T. Dan Smith of Los Angeles. Smith sold the 342 America in 1971 to Norman Snart of Hayward, California, for which it was registered in California as 'NMB 316.' By this point in history, the car had been refinished in metallic silver and its bumpers had been removed.

Mr. Snart would retain the car for the next two decades, selling the car in 2004 to Paul Forbes. In 2007, it came into the care of its current owner. The car was then restored in California in the current color scheme of metallic green and white, with a complementary white and green leather interior. At this time the dashboard was engine-turned and a front bumper with overriders fitted. Since the restoration was completed, the car has driven 210 miles.

This is the only 342 America bodied by Vignale.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017

2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,250,000-USD $3,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,255,000

Recent Sales of the Ferrari 342 America

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 Ferrari 342 America Cabriolet by Vignale
Chassis#: 0232 AL
Sold for USD$2,255,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1952 Ferrari 342 America image  1952 Ferrari 342 America image  
1952 Ferrari 342 America Coupe Speciale
Chassis#: 0246 AL
Sold for USD$632,500
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
 

Ferrari 342 Americas That Failed To Sell At Auction

1952 Ferrari 342 America's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1952 Ferrari 342 America Coupe0246AL2003 Bonhams Exceptional Ferrari Motor Cars $480,000$550,000

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1952 Ferrari 342 America

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Engine #: 0232 AL
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