Classic 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Review Apr 13, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Everyone looks for something different in a classic car, but the 1953 Ferrari 250 MM and surrounding model years are almost always a hit. Originally, it was designed as a competition vehicle. Those familiar with other related models will notice that this is a mildly updated variation of the Ferrari 250 Sport that took home the title during the 1952 Mille Miglia. As such, you will see the Ferrari 250 MM also referred to as the 250 Mille Miglia, since that is what the MM stands for.
During the 1952 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari showed off the updated version of the 250 S that had won that Mille Miglia. While this was a brief presentation, Ferrari fully introduced the vehicle at the 1953 Geneva Motor Show. Compared to the 250 S, the 250 MM had improvements to the suspension, exchange, and motor. These adjustments were designed to create a more maneuverable vehicle. Both models had the same leaf springs and rigid axle at the rear, tubular frame, 94.5-inch wheelbase, and front independent suspension. Essentially, the underpinnings and chassis were the same in the 250 S and 250 MM.
The 1953 Ferrari 250 MM got its power from a 2953 cc V12 powertrain. This powertrain would actually continue throughout the 250 series, even being used on the 1964 GTO. If you take the history of this V12 in the other direction, you can trace it back to the very first V12 that was created for Ferrari. It had been modified to increase output to 240 horsepower, an increase of 10 horses. It was able to reach speeds of 250 km/h (155 mph).
At the time of the 1953 Ferrari 250 MM’s full debut, there were two versions on display. The Berlinetta sedan created by Pininfarina was the most popular, although there was also another model produced by Vignale with a design from Giovanni Michelotti. This Berlinetta made a significant impression on automakers and automotive enthusiasts alike, including one that has spread to today. It stood out with its small grid along the front, the compact tail, and the large panoramic rear window. The Vignale version also stood out with its recessed air intake we would later see in Ferrari models throughout the decade and unique front headlights.
There was a very limited production of the 1952 Ferrari 250 MM, making it incredibly challenging to get your hands on one today. You will have a better selection if you choose to look at the later model years, as well. Even so, expect to pay a significant amount. In 2014, a 1953 250 MM Berlinetta Pinin Farina sold for $7,260,000.