1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé by Vignale
The 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé by Vignale is a specialist design of the Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé by Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Vignale. There are only six known models of this classic car in existence.
In 2010, RM Auctions sold a red 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé, bodied by Vignale, for $654,500.
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé
The Ferrari 212 Coupé was built by the Italian manufacturer between 1950 and 1953, in both Inter and Export models. Designed for racing and for the road, the cars featured in many well-known events and in 1953 won the Tour of Sicily and the Coppa Inter Europa at Monza.
The Inter models have a slightly wider wheelbase than the Export and have left hand drive as standard.
Both versions are fitted with a V12 engine. The Inter variant has a top speed of 120 mph, 20 mph slower than the Export.
Carrozzeria Vignale provided the bodywork for six 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupés. The Italian coachbuilder company had a short but impressive existence, providing the bodies for many low production variants between 1948 and 1974. Its most famous work is arguably the Vignale Gamine, based on a Fiat 500.
A 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé by Vignale with chassis number 0267 EU is among the most notable of the six versions.
It was displayed at the Turin Motor Show in 1953 and subsequently purchased by French collector Jean-Louis Lafourcade.
Imported to England in 1959, it was bought by a Ferrari enthusiast in 1977 and shipped to the US in the mid 1980s, since when it has resided in a private garage. The vehicle has been returned to its original back and green livery.
The car emerged on the market as part of RM Auctions' March 2011 sale catalogue with a $375,000 to $500,000 estimate.