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
maximum torque
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
lubrication wet sump
clutch multi-plate
frame tubular steel
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
brakes drums
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
wheelbase 2500 mm
front track 1325 mm
rear track 1320 mm
weight 850 kg (dry, spider)
top speed 282 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

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