Today RM Sotheby’s announced Ferrari 340 America 0116/A for their upcoming auction in Monaco on May 14th 2016.
They did so with a presentation at the 2016 Rétromobile in Paris where the car was in its 1951 24 Hours of Le Mans livery.
Highlights of the car are listed as:
- Formerly of the renowned Pierre Bardinon Collection Mas du Clos
- Entrant in the 1951 and 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans
- The third of twenty-three 340 America chassis built; the second of eight bodied by Touring
- Matching-numbers example
- Eligible for historic motoring events around the world
- A spectacular early competition Ferrari
PARIS (2 February, 2016) – RM’s Sotheby’s is proud to announce the addition of the 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta, chassis no. 0116/A, to its upcoming Monaco sale, returning 14 May during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend. Steeped in motorsport and racing provenance, the one-of-eight, Touring-bodied 340 America retains its original engine and is recognised as one of the first big block V-12 racing Ferraris.
Chassis no. 0116/A was sold new in 1951 to Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, a noted World War II hero and successful businessman, who immediately entered it in the Le Mans 24 Hours, where it was run by Ferrari’s North American Racing Team founder and successful racer, Luigi Chinetti. Driven by Dreyfus and the legendary Louis Chiron, the car enjoyed a race duel with another 340 that so engrossed Chiron that he missed his pit window and 25-lap signal. The car ran dry on circuit and was rescued by the team’s mechanic who illegally refueled the car, causing them to be black-flagged and disqualified. 0116/A returned to Le Mans a year later with Chinetti, Louis-Dreyfus and a new team-mate Rene Dreyfus, and fought valiantly but retired with a clutch issue in the fifth hour of the race. Throughout the years, it has passed through the hands of a number of respected collectors, including Pierre Bardinon, who have enjoyed the car in numerous historic race meetings such as the Mille Miglia, as well as showcasing it at a number of concours d’elegance events. It comes to auction eligible for almost any international event (Estimate available upon request).
The 340 America will be on preview at RM Sotheby’s stand (S037) at Retromobile in Paris from today through 7 February. The Retromobile week also marks the official start of RM Sotheby’s 2016 European calendar, with the company’s Paris sale taking place tomorrow, 3 February at Place Vauban in the city’s center.
Scheduled for later in the year, RM Sotheby’s exclusive biennial Monaco event is becoming one of Europe’s leading collector car auctions; its one-day event in 2014 yielded over €41 million in sales. This year’s Monaco auction is set to build on these impressive results, lifting the gavel on approximately 100 blue-chip collector cars. For further sale information, or to discuss consignment opportunities, please visit www.rmsothebys.com or call RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070