The Ferrari 340 and 375 MM were produced in 1953. The engine was an Aurelio Lampredi designed, naturally aspirated, 4.5 liter V12. The cylinder block and heads were cast from light alloy, a metal that was strong but lightweight.
The Lampredi engine, producing 375 horsepower, was first fitted into a 375 F1 and prepared for the 1951 Formula One season. The engines produced by Alfa Romeo were far superior, producing more horsepower and ultimately winning Alfa Romeo the championship. The Lampredi, though underpowered, was a strong contender due to its lightweight and fuel efficiency.
Rule changes in 1952 left the Lampredi engine obsolete for Grand Prix racing. This was the end for these engines in Grand Prix racing, but the start of their road going career. Ferrari created a limited number of vehicles powered by the Lampredi engine, dubbed the 340 and 375 MMs. The first of these vehicles were outfitted with the Tipo 102 engine configuration, the same that had been used in the Grand Prix cars. These were powerful but fairly unreliable. To correct this issue, the bore and stroke was changed slightly, the result was the Tipo 108.
Pinin Farina was tasked with creating the coachwork for 26 of the 375 MMs, the most common configuration were the Berlinetta and Spyder. Most of the 340 and 375 MM vehicles were actively raced in the 1950's by their owners. by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019
The 340 America and 340 Mexico were followed by the ultimate 340 variant - the MM. Fitted with a magneto ignition, four-choke Weber carburetors, a four-speed synchromesh gearbox and a ZF limited-slip differential, the 340 MM was designed specifically....[continue reading]
In the hands of Villoresi, the Ferrari 340 MM won its racing debut in the Giro di Sicilia. The next event the 340 MM was entered was the Mille Miglia. At the start of the race, Ferrari had entered 340 MM's. Two were Touring spyders and two were Vi....[continue reading]
This is the Bill Spear, Phil Hill Ferrari built in April 1953 for Spear because he wanted the most competitive 'open' Ferrari to enter 1953 Le Mans. It was painted night blue and white by Ferrari to distinguish an American driver. It was delivered to....[continue reading]
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