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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Ferrari 375 MM Coupe Speciale "Dono d'amore"

~Gift of Love~ Among the many beautiful classic cars carrying the Prancing Horse badge that ever have been produced, there're several models quite beautiful and sexy. But make no mistake behind their beauty and sexiness are hidden extraordinary potential power, due to in fact they have a strong racing DNA.
The Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Speciale aka 'Bergman Coupe' or 'Dono d'amore' (Italian: Gift of love) by Pinin Farina commissioned by Roberto Rossellini in 1954 for his beloved wife Ingrid Bergman. (Picture from: ItaliAuto)
As You could be seen at the Ferrari classic sportscar named the Ferrari 375 MM that started its life as a sports racing car produced by Ferrari in 1953 to 1955 for the road cars. It was named "375" for the per-cylinder displacement in the 4.5 L V12 engine of the Ferrari 375 F1, but with shorter stroke and bigger bore, and the "MM" stood for the Mille Miglia race.
The Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Speciale aka 'Bergman Coupe' or 'Dono d'amore' (Italian: Gift of love) by Pinin Farina commissioned by Roberto Rossellini in 1954 for his beloved wife Ingrid Bergman. (Picture from: CoachBuild)
The first prototype was the Vignale Spyder and three next cars were the Pinin Farina Berlinettas. Majority of the cars bodied by Pinin Farina in a spyder style and all converted used the Ferrari 340 MM' chassis.
The Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Speciale aka 'Bergman Coupe' or 'Dono d'amore' (Italian: Gift of love) by Pinin Farina has striking features such the rotating headlights. (Picture from: CoachBuild)
And the most known Ferrari 375 MM is the one-off model version specially made for Ingrid Bergman. This unique and beautiful car creation is first shown at the 1954 Paris Auto Salon, and is fitted with one-off body designed and constructed by Pinin Farina with its most striking features are the rotating headlights and the fins on the rear fenders.
The Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Speciale aka 'Bergman Coupe' or 'Dono d'amore' (Italian: Gift of love) by Pinin Farina is powered by 4.5 L V12 engine of the Ferrari 375 F1. (Picture from: CoachBuild)
As we all knew, the beautiful car is built under commissioned by an Italian director Roberto Rossellini in 1954 for his wife, a Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, and commonly referred to as the 'Bergman Coupe' or 'Dono d'amore' (Italian: Gift of love).
The Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Speciale aka 'Bergman Coupe' or 'Dono d'amore' (Italian: Gift of love) by Pinin Farina has another striking features such the fins on the rear fenders. (Picture from: CoachBuild)
The Ferrari Bergman Coupe bodywork was custom built by Pinin Farina on chassis with a number of 0456AM and painted in a color called Grigio Ingrid, a special color named after her. Unfortunately Rossellini only briefly owned the car before it was sold to the United States.😎
1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe become the first postwar Ferrari to win Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. (Picture from: Supercars)
As quoted of Wikipedia, Rossellini also owned another 375 MM spyder, s/n 0402AM, which sustained a crash and was rebodied into a coupe by Scaglietti
Majority of the Ferrari 375 MM were bodied by Pinin Farina in a spyder style (such in pictured, the Ferrari 375 MM Spyder) and all converted used the Ferrari 340 MM' chassis. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
The Scaglietti coupe was subsequently bought by the Microsoft executive Jon Shirley and restored by Ferrari specialist Butch Dennison. It would later become the first postwar Ferrari to win Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
1955 Ferrari 375 MM designed by Giovanni Michelotti and bodied by Carrozzeria Ghia. (Picture from: Road&Track)
These cars are part of a select few that recieved custom coachwork on the 375 MM competition chassis. The Bergman Ferrari is unique among the Ferrari production line with several distint features including large rear butresses that make up the rear hatchback.
The list of notable examples also includes a coupé created by Carrozzeria Ghia to a Giovanni Michelotti design. It was the last Ferrari ever to be bodied by this Turinese coachbuilder. The car was presented at the Torino Motor Show and the New York Auto Show, both in 1955. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | COACHBUILD | EN.WHEELSAGE.ORG | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI | SUPERCARS.NET ]
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