Although Gullwing America’s claim to fame was the classic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the company has designed other vehicles including one of our personal favorites in the Ferrari 340 Competizione. HICONSUMPTION
The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior, it will be close to the original 340 Mexico Berlineta but will feature some modern elements such as carbon fiber seats, wheeled bag, modern stopwatches and a special Gullwing America luggage set.
Bus builder Gullwing America has unveiled its new design, a Ferrari F-340 Competizione, based on the lovely 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlineta. Only 3 units of this car were made, built for competition at the Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico. Luxatic.com
Gullwing America will try to reinvent the model using modern technology on a 456 Ferrari platform with an aluminum body handcrafted by Australian Mark Nungent, more aggressive and modern thanks to a new rear diffuser, rear spoiler, side vents and front splitters than the car. classic did not.
Paying homage to the limited edition 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico, the new school version is equipped with a 5.4-liter V12 that produces an impressive 470 horsepower and utilizes an original 6-speed manual transmission to put the power to the ground. The Ferrari 340 Competizione uses the Italian automaker’s 456 GT as a starting point with updated aerodynamics, suspension system, brakes and aluminum bodywork.
The factory Ferraris were named “Mexico” for the event. Designed by Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale, the 77.5-inch hood was one of the longest ever to grace a Ferrari, while the unique fenders extended beyond the oval grille in what is one of the most wildly attractive Vignale designs to date. Built as lightweight “340 America models,” with a small-diameter Tuboscossia chassis, the cars were powered by the Lampredi-designed, 4.1-liter V-12. With 280 horsepower on tap, the Mexicos were capable of 0-60 mph in six seconds and had a top speed of 174 mph – extraordinary performance both then and now.
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta by Vignale: 280 hp, 4,101 cc SOHC V-12 engine, three Weber 40 mm DCF/3 carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension by double wishbone and transverse leaf spring, rear live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and trailing arms, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102.4″. RM Sotheby’s
– Third of only three 340 Mexico Berlinettas built, purpose built to contest 1952 Carrera Panamericana
– Original, matching-numbers drivetrain
– Ex-Alberto Ascari, Carroll Shelby, Jack McAfee
– 1988 Ferrari Club of America Best in Show; Best Competition Ferrari
– 1989 Best in Class at Pebble Beach Concours
– Extensive recent historic racing and 2007 Pebble Beach entry (Exhibition Only)
Resounding success in the 1951 Carrera Panamericana convinced Enzo Ferrari to create this car. Only four examples were built in all by Vignale: three Berlinettas and one Spider.
To meet the incredible competition head on, a more geared-up fifth gear was added as were new cylinder heads with quadruple carburettors that would further boost the engine’s already impressive power. The rear axle and transmission were also further strengthened. Chinetti and Lucas went on to finish the race in third position.
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