1952 Ferrari 212 Export Europa Coupe VignaleSOLD
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Estimate: €425.000-€500.000

€341.000 Sold

Est. 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.)

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.

Most early Ferrari road cars were bodied by Touring. However, by 1953 Vignale had essentially replaced them as the carrozzeria of choice, due in large part to the successful relationship between Alfredo Vignale and his young star designer Giovanni Michelotti. Together they gave Ferrari a more aggressive and distinctive look than either Touring or Ghia. Vignale liked to describe himself as an artist in metal. For him each new Ferrari chassis was analogous to the sculptor’s block of marble, a new challenge to his ability to give concrete form to his flights of fancy. As such there were no two Vignale Ferraris styled exactly alike.

This particular Vignale-bodied 212 Inter Europa Coupé was imported new to the US by Luigi Chinetti Motors, who sold it to its first owner Mr. Thomas Neelands of New York City. The car then found its way to California as it was sold in the 1960s to Sid Colberg of San Francisco and to Robert Taylor of Burlingame in 1977.

By 1980 0287 EU was with Robert Lloyd of Texas, who began restoration before it went to John Ridings Lee of Dallas in 1982. Lee had the car repainted in maroon. The car was offered at auction the following year before being owned in 1983 by Russell Head of Hillsborough, California, who showed it in 1984 at the Ferrari Owners Club Concours at the Ranch Canada Golf Club in Carmel.

The car then passed through ownership in Salt Lake City, Utah before being sold in 1986 to Oldtimer-Garage Ltd. of Bern, Switzerland and going through broker Charles Gnädinger to Filippo Gecchelin of Vicenza, Italy the year after.

Gecchelin showed the car during the Ferrari Club Italia meeting at Imola in 1987 and again in 1989, the same year he drove it in the Mille Miglia Storica. It entered the Mille Miglia once more in 1990, was pictured in Marcel Massini’s book Ferrari by Vignale in 1992 and was finally shown in 1993 during the Tutte le Ferrari in Pista meeting at Mugello.

Gecchelin sold the car to Gstaad resident Ralph Bruggmann, who in turn showed it during Ferrari’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Rome and Maranello. Oldtimer-Garage purchased the car in November 1998 before the engine was overhauled in spring 1999 by Markus Scharnhorst in Switzerland.

Mr. Schermerhorn subsequently purchased the car in 1999 and, as with all of his cars, has driven it sparingly ever since. Event appearances have included the MECC Show in Maastricht, Holland, the Uwe Meissner Modena Motorsport Track Days and Concours at the Nürburgring (2005) and, most recently, the XIV Sport et Collection event at the Circuit du Val de Vienne in France (June 2008), where it was on display with five other coach built cars in his collection. Finished in Rosso Rubino with a beige leather interior, 0287 EU represents a splendid execution of Vignale coachwork and the bespoke, one-off designs of Ferrari’s earliest road going models.

Reference Number 41056

as of 3/24/2009

Car 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Europa Coupe Vignale
VIN 0287EU 
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