" Image © Paul Chenard 2010 We've always had a soft spot for the little Ferrari 156 Sharknose from 1961. For us the small, simple and straightforward design - the first of the new lightweight, rear-engined F1 cars ushered in in 1960 with much controversy by "
Ferrari 340 Vignale ‘Mexico’ coupé
pictures: RM Auctions
Question: Can the ugly actually be beautiful? Answer: Yes. When that ugly beauty is encapsulated in the Ferrari 340 Mexico.
Four of these stunningly original cars were built for the Carrera PanAmericana race of 1952 – and the proof of it’s appeal is the fact that RM Auctions recently sold an example for $4.29M.
These cars sported a long wheelbase chassis that housed the newly designed ‘long-block’ V12 that came with three quad-choke Webers, bumping the power to 280 bhp. The likes of GP legend and 1961 world champ Phil Hill raced, amongst others, in these cars, and this sort of provenance must have a lot to do with the price it fetched.
Though Vignale was a reputable Carrozzeria, this can’t be said to be the most obviously beautiful design to emerge from its atelier.
But who, after all, wants obvious beauty? Nothing worth having ever comes easy.
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