Piero Taruffi was appointed by Enzo Ferrari to drive the 1952 Ferrari 340 Spider by Vignale in the Mille Miglia in 1952. Being Ferrari’s top driver, he was the best choice to drive the automaker’s “supercar.” This very car would go on to compete after the Mille Miglia, racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Targa Florio.
Now, more than half of a century later, the car is making itself known again. Purchased by Michael Stehle, the 340 Spider has been filmed beautifully thanks to Petrolicious. “I searched for a car to compete in the Mille Miglia. It was quite a long process to find the right car…so I searched, but there was one problem, how to convince my wife?” said Michael Stehle in the video’s description. “I convinced her to come with me…I showed her the car…‘Wait, wait, let’s start the engine’— ‘OK, you can start the engine’,” she said back. After hearing the car, she gave the okay to make the purchase.
In January, at Bonham’s Scottsdale auction, the 340 Spider will be making another appearance as it crosses the block, looking for a new owner. Who will drive away with this history race car? Who knows, but we will surely hear about its hammer price when the time comes. In the meantime, check out the video below.