1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Coupe

1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Coupe

The 2011 Amelia Island vehicle auction in Florida has come and gone and this year’s event has proven to be a record breaker, with more than $24.3 million going under the hammer for an assortment of classic performance and luxury cars. A sizeable chunk of that $24.3 million total was courtesy of a single car, this 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Coupe, which fetched $4.3 million.

Boasting chassis number 0224 AT, the classic Ferrari was one of only three ever built and has a number of race wins under its belt. The car belonged to Ferrari enthusiast and FCA co-founder Larry Nicklin and competed in the Carrera Panamericana Mexican road races, managing a third placing in the 1952 race.

Under its hood sits a 280 horsepower 4.1-liter V-12, which is matched to a five-speed manual. This sits in a chassis with independent front suspension and a rear live axle.

Also offered from Nicklin’s collection was a highly original 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupe, chassis number 0267 EU, which went for $660,000. Both classic Ferraris were offered for the first time in 30 years.

Other notable mentions were a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider selling for $990,000, a 1933 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Victoria that fetched $962,500, and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe that sold for $627,000.