Next Big Thing: An Auction Preview

THE CAR

From the outset, Enzo Ferrari committed his racing team, Scuderia Ferrari, to success on the track. Following a victorious 1953 campaign—which resulted in a World Sportscar Championship—Ferrari set his sights on another world title and commissioned engine designer Aurelio Lampredi and Italian coachbuilder Pinin Farina to design a new V-12-powered spider. The resulting racecar, known as the 375 Plus, led Scuderia Ferrari to victories at Le Mans, Silverstone, and the five-day Carrera Panamericana road race through Mexico.

Despite the car’s continued racing success, only four competition chassis were built, along with one road-going cabriolet commissioned by the king of Belgium. Of the four competition Ferrari 375 Plus racecars, only three still exist, one of which will be sold through Bonhams in June.

Photo by Olivier Staub
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