Ferrari 212 Inter Europa Coupe Vignale
Produced between 1951 and 1953, Ferrari’s 212 series carried the latest evolution of the formidable Colombo V-12. It was immediately successful in competition, winning both the Tour of Sicily and the Coppa Inter Europa. Gianni Marzotto won the Coppa Toscana but the most important victory was surely the 1951 Carrera Panamericana, wherein Luigi Chinetti and Piero Taruffi came in first, followed by Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi – an amazing one-two finish for Ferrari!
All told only about 100 Ferrari 212s were ever manufactured, with the series consisting of competition 212 Exports (even-numbered chassis) and the road going 212 Inter (odd-numbered chassis). Toward the very end of the series, some of the 212 Inters carried the chassis number suffix “EU”, a designation that stood for Europa. The cars were bodied by Ghia, Touring, Vignale and others, and also became the basis for Pinin Farina’s first creation on a Ferrari chassis.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
140 bhp, 2,562 cc single overhead camshaft V-12 engine, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension via A-arms, transverse leaf springs, and hydraulic lever shocks, live axle rear suspension with semi-elliptical leaf springs and hydraulic lever shocks, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.4 in.)
Source: RM Auctions
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