1954 Ferrari 375 America Vignale Is An Exceedingly Rare And Elegant GT

Unless you live in Beverly Hills, the French Riviera, or the United Arab Emirates, you’re not likely to find Ferraris exactly what you might call “common” or “ubiquitous”. Even so, some are rarer than others. Like this 1954 Ferrari 375 America, for example.

The Prancing Horse marque only made a dozen 375 Americas, based on the 250 GT but with a bigger engine and more of a grand-touring disposition for discerning US customers. Each one was custom bodied by a variety of coachbuilders, including this one, by Vignale, which was the star of the 1954 Geneva Motor Show.

Chassis number 0327 AL was uniquely styled by Alfredo Vignale (long before selling his carrozzeria to Ford) and delivered new to Robert Wilke, a Wisconsin native and Indy team owner. With a 4.5-liter V12 delivering some 400 horsepower – a heck of a lot for its time – it could cover Midwestern miles with ease. And with such unique and elegant coachwork, it could really turn heads.

The car passed through the hands of a number of prominent collectors. including the famous Blackhawk Collection and former Ferrari importer Fritz Kroymans, and featured at some major concours, repainted and restored several times over the course of its history.

Now returned to its original two-tone Amaranto burgundy and metallic grey livery, it’s sure to garner its fair share of attention in Monterey, where RM Sotheby’s will sell it off to the highest bidder, marking the first time that one of these unique 375 Americas will have come up for auction in the past seven years.

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Photos by Robin Adams courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

  • MIL1234

    looking at the side
    it could have been a perfect Jaguar

  • javier

    Hey to each his own cuz that thing is fugly

  • Blinka Bot

    Masterpiece.
    the mother of ll future designs

  • Richard Sloman

    Other than one of the racing cars from the same era, this has to be the ugliest Ferrari ever…

    • Mr. EP9

      You sure? Because the 812 Superfast is probably worse by comparison.

  • Mel McLaughlin

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fab4efd6d23ed0d053760ead67251342b3eeca51629cd7681b083d70cfaba88b.jpg

    Here is the car outside Sal’s restaurant in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin in the summer of 1957.

    • Mr. EP9

      Nice.

  • TrevP

    Beautiful!

  • PlonPlon

    I find it completely timeless and of pure beauty. A masterpiece to me. I could see it in a movie like Gattaca or Blade Runner.

  • alex.remsen

    I smell a new record sale when the gavel drops at the auction

    • Record for? I don’t think it’s even contender for the most expensive 375.

  • ELEGANT?
    I’D SAY GOOFY, ESPECIALLY THE DROOPY FRONT END.

    • Finkployd

      That’s what she said

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