Ferrari 375 MM, was a race car produced by Ferrari in 1953 and 1954. It was named “375” for the per-cylinder displacement in the 4.5L V12 engine, and the “MM” stood for the Mille Miglia race. The engine was based on its Ferrari 375 F1 counterpart, but with shorter stroke and bigger bore. The first prototype was a Vignale Spyder and 3 next cars were Pinin Farina Berlinettas, all converted from Ferrari 340 MM. Perhaps the most known 375 MM is the “Ingrid Bergman” version, commissioned in 1954 by director Roberto Rossellini for his wife, actress Ingrid Bergman.
Plus, this legendary engine was also put on Ferrari ‘s offshore powerboat, which beat the race record at the year.
The Ferrari 375MM was produced 26 pcs, among them, only 9 pcs can be called Pininfarina Berlinetta. The chassis number are 0318AM, 0320AM, 0322AM, 0358AM, 0368AM, 0378AM, 0380AM, 0416AM and 0472AM. The 0318AM was the champion car in 1953. 0320AM and 0322AM were upgraded by 340MM.
The most mystery car among them must be today’s model, the 0378AM streetcar. It went out at 13.1.1954. We could only find two monochrome photos on internet with a little bit info about it. It’s a right hand drive car. It also have plating bumper. The body color called Max Meyer metallic blue 015882, the interior color is beige.
The Italian merchant Enrico Wax bought this car in 1954, then put it in a garage of Genoa. The car totally disappeared from us after, nobody knows what happened. But we suppose it was never be driven on road, if it was treating well, it will definitely refresh an auction price of this car.
Let’s talk about this brand, Esprit43. You probably didn’t hear about it. It’s a brand found in 2005 by French man Mike Criag, which is the son in law of Andre Marie Ruf, who was the founder of the famous French car model brand AMR. AMR was found in 1975, its products ain’t very cool by nowadays perspective. But back then, with the beautiful body line and the amazing lacquer, they were definitely treasures and chased by a bunch of high end collectors.
AMR was founded in 1975 by Andre Marie Ruf and this wife Marie Claude.
Andre Marie Ruf was born on 16,2,1946. He showed interest of cars before he could talk. His career started at Norev. Then he founded AMR.
Mike Criag was the chief model producer of AMR. Now, the car models we purchase are most created with 3D modeling and 3D printing or some other modern technology. But before, the artists did all this work by hand.
This craft costs a lot, this tin material is heavy, the weight of each piece is about 500g. It feels good in hand. Due to the speciality of tin(unlike resin), it couldn’t show any sharp line. It could only made for classic cars. Also, because of the handcraft, it’s not symmetrical normally. But you see, back to the 40s and 50s, they didn’t have heavy high-tech machines in factory, so the original car was not so symmetrical either.
Speak to Esprit43, this 375MM 0378AM was its very first product back to 2005. The diecast kit was limited to 45 pcs and the finished product was limited to 15 pcs.
Mike Criag made its prototype and the production. Today’s model is unique, it was a gift for Criag’s friend Corzier Herve. It has aluminum pedestal and AMR’s wheels plus Bosica’s hub.
Since Mike Craig didn’t take any photo during making this car, we could only repost some photo taken by French kit model master JPM from Miniwerks to show you the process.
The main parts of this kit
Photo etched, water sticker and transparent part.
Polishing and filling
Assemble the window
Colorization of main parts
Grille part making
Detail parts assembling
The era of Esprit43 is over, its business is now managed by Modelart111. FuelMe Models just became the distributor of Modelart111. It has multiple diecast kits and finished products. Stay tuned on FuelMe’s website for the newest info.
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This Esprit43 Ferrari 375MM is an one off model, the price of it is 1,380 USD. Check our website for more info.