A rare 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus has sold for an astounding $18.3 million at a Bonhams auction held at last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The “Plus” in the Ferrari 375-Plus referred to the extra 400 cc over the standard 375 racer. That boosted the V-12 capacity to 4.9 liters. Only five Ferrari 375-Plus autos were built.
The 375-Plus had some famous drivers in its day, including Jose Froilan Gonzalez from Argentina and Umberto Maglioli, the great Italian long distance road racer.
The 375-Plus model was an outright winner at Le Mans and Silverstone, as well as in the five-day Carrera PanAmericana road race through Mexico, which Umberto Maglioli won at the average speed of 107mph. His Ferrari 375-Plus averaged more than 150mph for more than five hours during the final stages of the great road race.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.