Rare Scuderia Ferrari 340 America to go to auction

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An extremely rare Scuderia-raced Ferrari is set to go to auction early next year.

The Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider will be the keystone of Bonham's Scottsdale Car Week Auction in January.

Described as Ferrari's supercar of the 1950s, the elegant model hides a powerful Lampredi V12 4.1-litre engine under the bonnet.

This example is just one of five original specification cars built by Carrozzeria Vignale and only one of three uprated to Ferrari factory team specifications.

This upgrade added 39 horsepower over the standard models. As impressive as chassis number 0196A itself is, this is only furthered by its provenance.

During its time as a Ferrari works team vehicle, it was driven by Piero Taruffi in the 1952 Mille Miglia, leading for much of the race before succumbing to transmission troubles.

Rare Scuderia Ferrari 340 America to go to auction

Rare Scuderia Ferrari 340 America to go to auction

It then raced in that year's 24 Hours of Le Mans with Louis Rosier at the helm, and campaigned in Targa Florio, Grand Prix of Bern, Pescara 12 Hours, Maloja-Saint Moritz Hill Climb, Grand Prix of Bari amongst others.

Following this racing career, the car returned to both the Ferrari and the Vignale factories, where it received a bespoke coupé body ahead of its first private ownership.

Since then, it has been returned to its racing form and now represents an important part of Scuderia Ferrari's racing heritage.

More recently, the car has participated in the Mille Miglia Storica, Monterey Historic Races and Monaco Historic Grand Prix. It will be offered by Bonhams on January 19th at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. An estimate is yet to be announced.