1951 Ferrari 212 Inter CoupeSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 2,562 CC SOHC 60o V-12 Engine Triple Weber 36 DCF Carburetors 154 BHP at 6,500 RPM 5-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Double-Wishbone Front Suspension with Transverse Leaf Springs Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: Introduced at the Brussels Motor Show in 1951, the Ferrari 212 was the final evolution of the original 166 chassis. In keeping with the tradition established by the 166 and the 195, the 212 was available in two basic specifications ? Export and Inter. While the Export chassis were generally intended for competition use and therefore given even serial numbers, the Inters were built for comfortable touring and were designated by odd serial numbers. Thanks to a proliferation of specifications and body styles, each 212 had a unique personality, ranging from luxurious grand tourer to outright racing machine. The Ferrari presented here, 0143 E, perfectly embodies the fashionable and sporting qualities of the 212 series while possessing an intimate connection to Mike Hawthorn, one of the most talented and charismatic racing drivers of the 1950s. Completed at the Ferrari factory in July 1951, this 212 Inter was originally delivered as a rolling chassis to Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, the factory?s preferred coachbuilder throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s. In the Touring workshops, the bare chassis was transformed into the lovely coupe we see today. The body itself, designated number 3467, featured the advanced superleggera construction technique, exquisite lines and subtle details that were associated with Touring?s work for Ferrari. The overall style is a subtle evolution of the coupes that had been constructed on the earlier 166 and 195 chassis and is similar in many ways to the competition-oriented Berlinetta. When the coachwork was complete, the Ferrari was finished in light blue with the interior handsomely upholstered in dark blue cloth. The elegant design of the Touring coupe paired with a refreshing color scheme would have made the 212 a very attractive car in its day. Interestingly, records indicate that 0143 E was one of the last Ferraris bodied by Touring. The Certificate of Origin for 0143 E was issued on September 22nd, and the Touring- bodied Ferrari was delivered to its first owner, La Biscina S.p.A of Gubbio. In November 1952, 0143 E returned to the Ferrari factory, where the front suspension was overhauled and the engine upgraded to the more potent triple carburetor arrangement. It is possible that this work is responsible for the addition of a 212 Export identification plate in the engine compartment. Factory records indicate that 0143 E was sold to SAIPA S.r.l. of Modena on April 3, 1953. Despite the change in ownership, Ferrari seems to have retained the 212 for its own purposes. In mid-April, Enzo Ferrari presented 0143 E to famed English driver Hawthorn, who had recently been signed to race Grand Prix and sports cars for Scuderia Ferrari. The 212 was not Hawthorn?s first Italian thoroughbred; during that period his family also owned a French Blue 8C 2300 Le Mans with coachwork by Touring. Although intended primarily for continental touring and regular trips from Italy to England, the 212 Coupe was immediately put to use by Hawthorn, who used the elegant Ferrari as a practice car for the 1953 Mille Miglia. In order to learn as much about the complex route as possible, Hawthorn took experienced Swiss journalist Hans Tanner to accompany him on a three-day journey around the Italian roads that formed the circuit. For the actual race, Hawthorn was put behind the wheel of a works 250 MM Spider, assisted by navigator Azelio Cappi. In September 1953, Hawthorn?s 212 was featured in Motor Sport magazine in an article titled, ?Mike Hawthorn?s Personal Transport,? written by J. Crossley. As opportunities to road test Ferraris were few and far between, Mr. Crossley derived a great deal of pleasure behind the wheel of the factory driver?s 212 and remarked on the impressive performance: ?Although it was not possible to find out the real top speed, as at no time was the maximum of 7,000 rpm through the gears approached, the car comfortably exceeded 160 kph (over 99 mph) on several occasions. I should say that it would reach 125 mph given a decent run, which indicates that some ?breathing on? has been carried out by Modena.? At the end of the drive, Crossley reasonably concluded: ?Michael is certainly a very lucky fellow to have such a delectable piece of transport, but no one deserves it more or can put it to better use.? The 212 was not officially sold to Hawthorn until March 29, 1954, when Nando Righetti handled the transaction on behalf of SAIPA S.r.l. That August, 0143 E was registered in the name of his father Leslie Hawthorn?s Tourist Trophy Garage. On January 2, 1955, following the untimely death of his father, Mike Hawthorn sold his blue Ferrari to Anthony A.D. Crook, a resident of Surrey, England. After being repainted in Italian Racing Red, the Ferrari passed through the hands of several other English owners. After Mr. Crook sold the car to R C Motors and Marine, it came into the care of John Alfred Avery. Then, in June 1957, Robert Gordon McIntyre acquired the Ferrari from Mr. Avery. At some time during the early 1960s, the 212 was joined by a 250 GT SWB, and both of Mr. McIntyre?s Ferraris were seen driving about on the same Milanese registration. In April 1964, Dr. Charles Pedler became the 212?s next caretaker and, when he moved to Kansas in 1969, he brought the Ferrari with him. In August 1970, 0143 E was advertised in the pages of Road & Track magazine, where it caught the attention of Otto Bowden, a Ferrari enthusiast from Jacksonville, Florida. For almost 30 years, the 212 was kept in Mr. Bowden?s garage, parked alongside Vignale-bodied 166 Inter Cabriolet, 0051 S. In December 1999, Mr. Bowden finally decided to part with his beloved 212, selling the Ferrari to noted collector Frank Gallogly. The Ferrari had been largely disassembled while in Mr. Bowden?s ownership and the project of reassembly and restoration was entrusted to marque specialist Greg Jones of Stuart, Florida. Between 2000 and 2003, the 212 was completely restored from the ground up, returning the beautiful Touring Coupe to its original splendor. In August 2003, following its painstaking three-year restoration, 0143 E made its concours debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d?Elegance. After participating in the Tour d?Elegance, the Ferrari was exhibited in Class M-1, earning an impressive 97.5-point score. In January 2004, the Ferrari returned to Florida for the Cavallino Classic at the Breakers in Palm Beach, where it received a Gold Award in Class 1 ? Pre-1956 Ferraris. Two months later, the elegant Touring Coupe was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d?Elegance in a class comprised of closed Ferraris. In addition to these major outings, 0143 E graced the cover of Cavallino magazine (issue 144) with a feature article titled ?Hawthorn?s Ferrari,? written by historian Alan Boe. In late 2006, William Haney of Potomac, Maryland, acquired the 212 and, the following year, Ferrari Classiche issued a Certificato di AutenticitÓ for 0143 E, confirming it as a genuine matching-numbers example. Today, this captivating Touring-bodied 212 presents beautifully and should be an ideal candidate for leading concours, marque gatherings and long-distance driving events such as the Mille Miglia or the Colorado Grand. Not only does this car present as a ticket to the finest automotive events, it is accompanied by a remarkable wealth of documentation. Included in the file is the Ferrari Classiche certification book, the original UK logbook, various correspondence, concours materials, comprehensive research and restoration records and a copy of Cavallino 144, as well as a complete history report prepared by marque authority Marcel Massini which contains copies of the original buildsheets and Automobile Club d?Italia paperwork. Significantly, the logbook, build sheets and Italian registration papers all record Hawthorn?s name, undeniable proof of this car?s exceptional provenance and connection to one of the greatest drivers of the era. Considering its magnificent Touring design, sporting three-carburetor arrangement, outstanding documentation and genuine character, Hawthorn?s 212 Inter should appeal to the collector in search of an early 12-cylinder Ferrari of particular distinction.

Reference Number 164066

as of 3/13/2012

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Car 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe
VIN 0143 E 
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Formerly the Property of Mike Hawthorn