Ferrari 212/225 Sport Coupe Vignale

A larger displacement, more powerful version of the 212 Export competition model was introduced in 1952 and christened the 225 “Sport.” The 225S is regarded as an interim link between the early Ferraris and the long-lived 250 series and performed with distinction during its prime, with podium and notable finishes in numerous events, including the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and a stunning 1-2-3 achievement at Monaco in 1952. Drivers such as Taruffi, Marzotto, Villoresi, Castelotti and the illustrious “Pagnibon” were the who’s who of sports and GP racers of the early ‘50s, only adding to the 225’s prestige.

All Ferraris of the early era were coachbuilt by various Italian design houses, but none were more distinctive and delicately executed than those by Vignale. This particular Ferrari 225, chassis 0170 ET, is one of a limited few competition berlinettas bodied by Vignale, indicated as such by the even-numbered chassis, reserved by Ferrari for the racing variants. It started life as a 212 and was purchased in 1952 by Dr. Augusto Caraceni, son of Domenico Caraceni, the famous Rome-based tailor who furnished everyone from Humphrey Bogart to Aristotle Onassis. In April, the car was test driven by the factory, undergoing suspension upgrades in the process. On 3rd May, Caraceni entered the XIX Mille Miglia with co-driver Franco Meloni. Although they did not finish the race, Caraceni continued racing with great success throughout the summer, including several hillclimbs and the Coppa Intereuropa in Monza. He won his class in the Aosta-Gran San Bernardino hillclimb and became the Italian hillclimb class champion for 1952.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

Est. 240 bhp, 2,953 cc single overhead-camshaft V-12 engine, five-speed gearbox, front suspension by independent double wishbones with a transverse leaf spring, rear suspension via rigid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,250 mm (88.6").

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Derdehmel Fotografie

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