• Painstaking recreation of a rare Ferrari legend
• Professionally built by the craftsmen at Mastercraft Body Works
• Stunning presentation, presence, and attention to detail
• Based on Ferrari 400 chassis; V-12 engine by Bob Norwood
4,823 cc DOHC V-12 engine, six Weber twin-choke sidedraft carburetors, 340 BHP at 6,500 RPM, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with wishbones and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 106.3”
Purpose-built for entry into the 1953 Mille Miglia (Thousand Miles), the 340 MM remains one of the rarest and most iconic sports-racing cars of the 1950s. The 340 MM Spyder numbered 0280AM and bodied by Carrozzeria Vignale driven by Giannino Marzotto achieved its objective, winning the brutal and dangerous Mille Miglia and setting a new speed record of 142 kilometres per hour in the process. Powered by a 4.1-litre SOHC V-12 engine producing 280 horsepower at 6,600 rpm, the 340 MM was built upon a tubular-steel chassis with independent front suspension and a live rear axle, in typical Ferrari practice for the era. Capable of hitting 282 km/h (175 mph) flat out, the 340 MM was mastered only by the bravest and most highly skilled drivers of all time.
Just 10 examples of the 340 MM were built in all, including four Pinin Farina Berlinettas and six Spyders, numbering two bodied by Touring and four by Alfredo Vignale’s Carrozzeria Vignale. All were entered into the era’s top races and in addition to the 1953 Mille Miglia, the victory tally of the 340 MM included Gigi Villoresi’s victory in the Giro di Sicilia (Lap of Sicily), plus high-profile wins at Silverstone, the 3 Hours of Algeria, Montlhéry’s Coupes de Printemps. The mighty Ferrari also enjoyed great success in the United States, especially in the hands of Bill Spear, who won the SCCA National Championship and raced his 340 MM with success through 1956.
Given their extremely low production, brilliant competition legacy, and overall sense of pure speed and adventure, demand for the 340 MM has long outstripped available supplies, with survivors commanding multi-million dollar auction bids and selling prices in today’s classic-car market. This 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spyder recreation was professionally built and recently completed to exacting standards of quality and authenticity by Erik and Aaron Chovanetz of Mastercraft Body Works in Ovilla, Texas. To knowledgeable classic car collectors and enthusiasts, the Chovanetz Family has been involved in repairing, crafting, and customizing vehicles for select customers since 1975 and their work has drawn clients and accolades from as far away as Canada and Europe. Among their many credits are the hand built bodies they produced during the 1980s and 1990s for the world-famous Ferrari P4 recreations by Bob Norwood, also of Texas.
Featuring the classic, muscular lines of the original Vignale-bodied 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spyder, this impeccable recreation is a most faithful replica of the original article. Finished in Rosso Corsa over silver lower panels replete with cooling louvers, the striking hand-formed all-aluminum body features all the original design elements, including louvered inner panels, a large oval egg-crate grille, unique headlamp treatment, front-fender ports, and rear ducts. The body’s proportions are excellent, being scaled-up by just six percent to work in concert with the Ferrari chassis it rides upon. The Spyder’s cockpit is equally impressive, featuring proper Jaeger instruments, leather-clad bucket seats, racing belts, a leather-covered transmission tunnel, and a beautifully formed, period style three-spoke, wood-rimmed steering wheel. Other excellent details include discreet bright trim, rear leather hold-down straps for the trunk lid, and a competition-style fuel filler just aft of the cockpit. The Spyder’s chassis was sourced from a 1977 Ferrari 400, including its powerful 4.8-litre V-12 engine, which breathes through six Weber twin-choke side draft carburetors providing proper hood clearance. Expertly rebuilt by noted specialist Bob Norwood, the V-12 develops a healthy 340-BHP output delivering even greater performance than the original racing cars in period.
Riding on a proper set of Borrani “knock-off” wire wheels and blackwall tires, this top-quality Ferrari by the Chovanetz brothers is simply thrilling in every possible respect. Best of all, it very capably celebrates Ferrari’s glorious early successes on the world stage during the true Golden Era of racing of the early 1950s. The stunning product of a five-year build process and freshly completed, it has not yet been shown or toured, providing a compelling opportunity for smart enthusiasts and collectors to enjoy and appreciate this singular hand-built vehicle.
1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spyder Recreation