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Ferrari Trivia: Chinetti 50th Anniversary 2004

Luigi Chinetti imported his first car for Ferrari in 1954. To commemorate that occasion, all US spec cars were fitted with a special emblem on the ashtray, replacing the usual crossed flags emblem, for the 50th anniversary of the first Ferrari imported officially to the US. These emblems were only fitted to cars built in CY 04, so my MY 04 car built in Nov 03 does not have the 50 year emblem, and MY 05 cars built in 04 do have the emblem. The last photo is from a MY 05 575M.
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Interesting on the logic of 1954 being the first for Chinetti. The 166s for John Kimberly, Briggs Cunningham and Tommy Lee all were sold by Chinetti well before then. There is obviously a story on how "1954" is defined as the correct year.

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wanna hazard a guess on this one?

Anyone what to guess where this little gem was found? This might also lend some controversy as to whether he imported his first car prior to 54.

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Sounds like a question for Ferrari. They were the ones that decided 1954 was the official year for Chinetti to be the US distributor for Ferrari cars.

What is a fact is the factory celebrated the 50th anniversary of Ferraris being officially imported into the US in 2004.

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As is basically every other detail and nuance with Ferrari, nothing has ever been cut and dry or set in stone. Chinetti was importing one car here, a few cars there, essentially setting up for becoming the first official importer for Ferrari. He went and saw Enzo and spoke to him, pleaded with him, to let him import cars into the US for end users. Chinetti saw something that Enzo tried to ignore. People - regular, non-racing, run of the mill people wanted the notoriety that came with owning a Ferrari. Chinetti was the go-to guy until he finally convinced Ferrari to let him be the official importer.

The badge with Chinetti's name under it is certainly very interesting. I'd love to know more about that.
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That painted badge resided on

That badge resided on this 53 Ferrari 375mm. Marcel Masini pointed it out to me.
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So now I guess 1953 would be the first year, or was car imported '54.

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some history

This is what I could find.

This car, chassis number 0382AM, was first owned by Bill Spear, who drove in many U.S. sports car races in 1953 and 1954, winning at the Thompson Raceway and at Watkins Glen. After he sold it in 1955, the car was raced until the 1960s. It has never been restored. Its also noted to have been sold January of 54. Who really knows?
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My original post was misleading in that 1954 was not the first year Chinetti imported a Ferrari, but was likely the first year he was the official distributor for Ferrari in the US.

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Terry, Ken, great stuff...

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This is what I could find.

This car, chassis number 0382AM, was first owned by Bill Spear, who drove in many U.S. sports car races in 1953 and 1954, winning at the Thompson Raceway and at Watkins Glen. After he sold it in 1955, the car was raced until the 1960s. It has never been restored. Its also noted to have been sold January of 54. Who really knows?
Ken, if I could add a bit more history, perhaps simply for posterity:

Way back - I'm talking way back, like around the time my father was born - Pinin Farina had two listings for 0376 AM. It went so far that Ferrari's ADS (Assembly Data Sheets) showed two 0376 AMs - at which point, one of them was renumbered. The car that was renumbered was this one, 0382 AM, a RHD Pinin Farina Spyder, chassis type 108-102, motor type 108, gearbox type 108/102 #29 D, rear axle type 102 #45 A, Pinin Farina body number PF 12568 (though that's still unconfirmed because of the mix up with 0376 whose Pinin Farina job number/body number is PF 12569) - but interestingly enough, 0382 AM is the 14th competition Ferrari listed as a 1954 model, not '53. Also, I have zero race history for 0382 in 1953, but plenty of race history for 0382 in 1954:

On Sunday, 07 March 1954, Bill Spear, with co-driver Phil Hill, DNFed at the 12 Hours of Sebring, wearing number 7.

A week later, wearing number 9, with no co-driver, Spear placed second overall at the SCCA National Race 4 at Hunter Air Force Base in GA, as per SCCA News #11 in the May/June '54 issue of Sports Car.

On Sunday, 02 May 1954, Spear alone, sporting race #1, placed first overall at the SCCA President's Cup at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, as per SCCA News #12 and the July/August '54 issue of Sports Car.

Sunday, Independence Day, Spear alone, again sporting race #1, placed second overall at the SCCA Race 4 at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, as per SCCA News #13 and the September/October '54 issue of Sports Car.

On Sunday, 08 August 1954, Spear alone, again with race #1, DNFed at the SCCA Race 5 at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Ohio, as per the September/October '54 issue of Sports Car.

On Sunday, 05 September 1954, Spear alone, wearing race #111, placed first overall at SCCA Race 10 in Thompson, CT, as per SCCA News #14.

On Sunday, 18 September 1954, Spear alone, wearing race #100, DNFed due to a rear axle, at the SCCA Watkins Glen GP, as per SCCA News #14, and the November/December '54 issue of Sports Car, as well as page 19 of Prancing Horse number 19.

On Sunday, 07 November 1954, Spear alone, wearing race #4, placed first overall at SCCA Race 7 at March Air Force Base in California, as per the January/February issue of Sports Car as well as on page 26 of Ferrari Album.

In June, 1955, it came up for sale through Imported Motor Car Company of Centralia, IL. Advertised as ex-Goldschmidt, new records, Giants Despair, finished fourth in Mexico, ready to race, extra wheels, Pirelli tires.

In Volume 4, Number 2, it was listed in Great Britain's Ferrari Owner's Club roster with Joel Finn of Poughkeepsie, NY; identified as ex-Spear and winner of many USA races.

From 1974-'82, it was listed in the USA Ferrari Owner's Club roster with J. B. Gunn of Mt. Kisco, NY.

It wasn't seen again until Pebble Beach, 2010, at which time it was, and still is, owned by Andreas Mohringer of Austria. Mohringer also brought it to Cavallino earlier this year, where it was also presented at the jet reception.

If anyone can add anything to this car's history, that would be greatly appreciated.
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