This 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe made history at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance by becoming the first-ever Ferrari model to take home the Best in Show prize since the event began in 1950. Owned by car collector Jon Shirley, the Ferrari coupe is also the first post-war vehicle to win since a 1952 Jaguar XK120 won all the way back in 1954.
This particular coach-built Ferrari 375 is a one-off vehicle that was built for famed Italian film director Roberto Rossellini. It is one of only five road-going versions of the 375 MM race car, and the body was rebuilt by coachbuilder Scaglietti after the original Pininfarina body was damaged in an accident. As Scaglietti’s first passenger car design for Ferrari, it features a unique design with aluminum panels formed on a thin metal lattice mounted on the chassis.
The 1954 Ferrari 375 MM coupe also had quite a journey before coming its current owner, Jon Shirley of Washington State. After it left Rosselini’s hands, the car went on to two more owners in Italy and France until it was later found in an underground garage in Paris in less than tip-top shape. Shirley restored the car in 1995, and it has won multiple awards at the Pebble Beach Concours prior to this year’s Best in Show trophy. Shirley also won the Best in Show prize in 2008 with his 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta.
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