The Ferrari 342 America

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Ferrari 342 America – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 342 America

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Ferrari 342 America – Technical Specifications

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Ferrari 342 America – Key Details

Ferrari 342 AmericaDetail
Launched: 1951
Engine: V12 – Front Engine
Power: 147 (200 hp) at 5000 rpm
Torque: TBC
Top Speed: 186 km/h
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): TBC
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 342 America

FERRARI 342 AMERICA – CIVILISING THE 340

After the short production run of only 23 340 Americas, Ferrari made an even shorter-lived model called the 342 America, with just 6 total models sold in 1952. Even though only 6 were sold, this new 4-seater was designed as a milder version of the F1-inspired 340, with a broader appeal meant to draw in a wider customer base. Whereas the 340 was basically a road-going race car, with one example winning the 1951 Mille Miglia, Ferrari took the edge off for the 342; you can think of the 340 as a 599 GTO and the 342 as a standard 599 GTB Fiorano. The 342 was the second in the line of range-topping America models, starting with the 340 and ending with the 365 California.

While it used the same 4.1-litre V12 as the 340 America, a 220-bhp powerhouse that propelled 340 America to a reported top speed of 150 mph, it had been detuned to produce 200 bhp in the 342. This represented one of the first uses of the new Lampredi-designed V12 engines in a production Ferrari. Compared to the Colombo designs that had previously been used, these engines featured a larger bore, making for a longer engine block. For this reason, many people refer to the Lampredi engines as the “long block.” To make things even more civilised, the 342 also used a new, all-synchromesh 4-speed transmission that was friendlier to the average driver.

While it used the same 4.1-litre V12 as the 340 America, a 220-bhp powerhouse that propelled 340 America to a reported top speed of 150 mph, it had been detuned to produce 200 bhp in the 342. This represented one of the first uses of the new Lampredi-designed V12 engines in a production Ferrari. Compared to the Colombo designs that had previously been used, these engines featured a larger bore, making for a longer engine block. For this reason, many people refer to the Lampredi engines as the “long block.” To make things even more civilised, the 342 also used a new, all-synchromesh 4-speed transmission that was friendlier to the average driver.

Ferrari 342 America – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari 342 America – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/hTBC
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed115 mph / 186 km/h
Engine
TypeV12
Overall displacement4101 cm3
Max. power output*147 (200 hp) at 5000 rpm
Max. torque*TBC
Dimensions & Weight
LengthTBC
WidthTBC
HeightTBC
Dry weight**1200 kg
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari 342 America – Registry & Videos

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