The legend of Ferrari dates back to 1940. That year marks the birth of the Type 815 for use in the substitute Mille Miglia event. Ferrari went on to manufacture tools during the war, returning to vehicle production in 1946. Initial production was for racing; street cars came later.
The Ferrari 212 was built in two versions: the Inter and the short wheelbase Export. Production was approximately 90 cars. The power unit of the 212 was the classic Ferrari V12 designed by Giocchino Colombo in 1945. Among the 212's customers were Italian film star Anna Magnini and the neorealist film director Roberto Rosselini. Racing driver Mike Hawthorn used a 212 Fastback Coupe bodied by Touring as his personal road car. The 212's V12 produced 170 horsepower from its 2.56 liter displacement, and with a five-speed transmission, propelled the car to a top speed of 118 mph. The chassis was of tubular construction, and suspension was independent in front via transverse leaf springs and wishbone. Rear suspension is by semi-elliptic leaf springs, and brakes are four-wheel drums. The nominal weight is 2,420 pounds. This example has been owned by its current owner for over 50 years, and is the only three-window coupe ever built on a Ferrari chassis by Ghia.Also photographed at :