1953 Ferrari 340 MM
The 340 MM was built for the 1953 Mille Miglia which Giannino Marzotto duly won in a barchetta version with coachwork by Vignale.
Marzotto set a new record speed for the race at an average of over 142 km/h. However, the car was quite a handful to drive, thanks in part to its incredible power which very few drivers ever managed to fully exploit. However, Gigi Villoresi was one of the greats who did, roaring to victory in the Giro di Sicilia in the same year.
Formula 1 champion Alberto Ascari also contributed to the development of the 340 MM.
Ferrari 340 MM Technical Specifications
Year of Manufacture – 1953
|type||front, longitudinal 60° V12|
|bore/stroke||80 x 68 mm|
|unitary displacement||341.80 cc|
|total displacement||4101.66 cc|
|compression ratio||8 : 1|
|maximum power||206 kW (280 hp) at 6600 rpm|
|power per litre||68 hp/l|
|valve actuation||single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder|
|fuel feed||three Weber 40 DCF carburettors|
|ignition||single spark plug per cylinder, two magnetos|
|front suspension||independent, unequal-length wishbones, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers|
|rear suspension||live axle, twin radius arms, semi-elliptic springs, hydraulic shock absorbers|
|transmission||5-speed + reverse|
|steering||worm and sector|
|fuel tank||capacity 177 litres|
|front tyres||5.50 x 16|
|rear tyres||6.50 x 16|
|type||two-seater berlinetta, spider|
|front track||1325 mm|
|rear track||1320 mm|
|weight||850 kg (dry, spider)|
|top speed||282 km/h|
|acceleration 0-100 km/h||–|
Ferrari 340 MM Valuations
Many of the most expensive Ferrari’s are competition cars. This particular car entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953, as well as the Carrera Panamericana, and it was victorious at the 12 Hours of Pescara.
It sold in 2018 for £7,846,701