1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet by Vignale

Engine No. 0159E
Thursday, 16 January 2020
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16 January 2020
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Older Restoration
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Chassis No. 0159E; Engine No. 0159E; Rosso Bordeaux over beige leather with a beige cloth top. RHD. 2562-cc, 170-hp V-12. 5-speed manual. Three Weber carburetors (factory upgraded in 1953), chrome Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop tires, wood-rim steering wheel with finger buttons, tinted glass visors, and Marchal headlights. Engine internal No. 72. Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified.

EVALUATION : Older restoration | 2014 Pebble Beach second in class (runner-up to the ex–Roberto Rossellini 375MM that was eventually best of show). Excellent paint shows minor polishing scuffs. Upholstery and soft interior trim look unused. Bright chrome. A quality older restoration, sensitively used and maintained.

BOTTOM LINE : Vignale, established in 1948, was only beginning to develop a signature style when it turned out this Ferrari. The chrome crossbar grille floating in the radiator air intake, integrated Ferrari logo, taillights recessed in chrome nacelles matched by lighted front fender chrome strakes, and glamorous tinted glass sun visors highlight the coachbuilder’s attention to detail. It is gorgeous, but its result here is more than 10 percent below what it brought nearly five years ago, when Bonhams sold it at Quail Lodge (cataloged chassis number 0159EL) for $2.2 million. Still, a reasonable result for both the seller and the buyer.

by Hagerty Insider
19 January 2020

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