Conceived and built as a pure endurance race car, the Ferrari 375 MM Racecar further propagated Ferrari’s growing reputation as a maker of true dual-purpose machines. At the same time, it cemented Pinin Farina as Ferrari’s coachbuilder of choice.
The Ferrari 375 MM appeared first at
The Ferrari 375 MM would make Pinin Farina the Ferrari coachbuilder of choice.
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Pinin Farina designs clothed virtually every one, and a 375 MM berlinetta (chassis 0318 AM) set a lap record in the ’53 24 Hours, but retired after its clutch failed. A later 375 MM (0358 AM), with slightly revised bodywork and grille, finished fourth overall at
In addition to the Ferrari 375 MM berlinettas, Pinin Farina made a series of Ferrari 375 MM spyders. The first, for American driver James Kimberly, had a “pontoon” front-fender design that would become a feature on later Ferrari endurance-racers. The balance of 375 MM spyder production used a traditional fender treatment.
The Ferrari 375 MM Racecars played an integral role in securing Ferrari another Sports World Championship in 1954. One was victorious in the season’s first race at
So desirable were the Ferrari 375 MM Racecar and 375 Plus that a number of berlinetta and spyder versions were made for the street. The chassis was also used for several stupendous one-off design exercises, all helping to nourish Ferrari’s standing as a constructor of the world’s foremost high-performance cars.
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