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Ferrari – 342 America Cabriolet


Vehicle Overview

Among the earliest “ultra-Ferraris” to wear the now-famous America nameplate, the 342 America was intended as an especially luxurious and powerful custom road car for the factory’s best clients. Built with an extended 2,650-mm wheelbase to accommodate the enlarged 200-hp Lampredi V-12, it saw a total production run of only six examples, for such clients as King Leopold of Belgium and Enzo Ferrari himself. It is unusual among road-going Ferraris in that each car was delivered with an even chassis number, carrying the suffix “AL” for “America Lungo,” and all had left-hand drive.

Records indicate that 0232 AL was the very first 342 America built, and the first of three completed with cabriolet coachwork, in this case by Vignale, with the unique feature of slotted taillights recessed into the fenders. It was test-driven by the factory on 27 October 1952, and delivered to its first owner on 14 January 1953. Odofranco “Otto” Wild of Muri, Switzerland, was an early good customer of Ferrari, as well as an avid purchaser of other unusual coachbuilt European cars in this period. It is interesting to note that the car’s radiator bears a tag from a Zurich supplier, indicating that it may have been installed during this original ownership.

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    342 America Cabriolet
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  • Photo credits
    Darin Schnabel
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