Is this the ugliest Ferrari ever?
This may just have taken the title of the ugliest Ferrari ever to be imagined – thankfully though, it isn’t a Ferrari from the Maranello production lines. This is GWA Tuning’s ‘tribute’ to the fantastic Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta which was built by Ferrari specifically for the 1952 Carrera Panamericana. Only three were ever built, and one of them, driven by Luigi Chinetti crossed the finish line in third place behind two Mercedes 300SL Gullwings. Incidentally, one of the three Ferrari 340 Mexico’s recently sold at RM Auctions for a cool $3.4 million. Who says there is no money around?
Anyway, it is Chinetti’s car that GWA have decided to honor with their creation. Although I think it is grossly ugly, it is still real Ferrari underneath, being based on a Ferrari 456 chassis, albeit with some major modifications. After the Australian coachbuilder Mark Nungent had done his stuff with the main body, the car was given a new diffuser, new rear spoiler, new side vents, and new front splitter, all of which came from other modern Ferraris. The interior has been brought up to date with modern materials, including carbon fibre, but actually manages to retain the looks of the original Ferrari 340 Mexico.
The original Ferrari 340 Mexico was powered by a 4.1 litre V12 which produced about 280hp. This one though is powered by a 5.4 litre V12 which pumps out 476hp at 6300rpm.
It’s an ambitious and impressive project but to be honest, I wouldn’t want it sat on my drive. It would probably reduce the house prices. There’s not much chance of that happening anyway though as the car is a one off

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