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1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet / 0159E Vehicle Information

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

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Sold for $2,200,000 at 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
Sold for $1,930,000 at 2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona.
The 212 Inter and Europa series of cars were built between late 1950 and 1953, and are the most prolific of the early production cars manufactured, with the greatest variety of body styles. Along with his competition cars, Enzo Ferrari sold detuned race cars for road-going clientele and the 212 Inter is a classic example.

First sold to Giuseppe Santi in Rome, this car is one of four similar Cabriolets built by Vignale from a total of seventy-nine 212 Inters built during the aforementioned years. Vignale designed and built cars for Ferrari, Maris, Lancia and many others. For the design he often relied on his friend and former colleague at Farina, Giovanni Michelotti. The 212 models feature the traditional 60-degree V12 engine based on the famous Colombo design.

Sold for $2,200,000 at 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
Sold for $1,930,000 at 2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona.
The Ferrari 212 was produced between 1951 and 1952 in various configurations, an array of styles, and many different body styles. They scored significant racing victories and provided income for the marque, with 110 individual chassis built for clients.

The original Gioacchino Colombo engine fitted into a Ferrari displaced 1.5-liters, with 125cc per cylinder. For the 212, it was given an enlarged bore 68mm, bringing the individual cylinders to 212cc and the engine's displacement to 2562cc. The engine was fitted into a double oval tube frame with double wishbones at the front suspended by a transverse leaf spring and a live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs. Hydraulically actuated drums provided the stopping power. Ferrari mounted the transmission directly behind the engine and had five forward speeds.

The Export models were intended for racing on tighter circuits and had a wheelbase of 2250mm. Inter Versions typically had a longer wheelbase chassis were used for racing and Gran Turismo. The engines and chassis were tailored to meet the needs of the clients and to the specified coachwork.

This particular example is the 16th of 78 Inter examples built, and the first of four similarly styled cabriolets bodied by Vignale. It has a large open-mouth grille, chromed front fender stakes, and recessed chromed tail lamps. It rides on a 2500mm wheelbase and was completed at the factory in October of 1951. It was sent to a dealership in Rome before being sold to the first owner of record, Peter Staehelin, a student in Basel, Switzerland.

In 1953, Mr. Staehelin commissioned the factory to upgrade the Inter's motor to a higher state of tune by modifying the one-carburetor intake to a three-carb set-up, which duplicated the competition configuration of the 212 Export variant.

Mr. Tellenbach of Thalwil, Switzerland, purchased the car in December of 1960. It then passed to August Zumsteg in 1963. It was acquired by Rob de la Rive Box in January of 1969. In January of 1971, it was purchased by L.J. Roy Taylor of Shropshire, England and registered in the United Kingdom.

It was sold to Charles Gaston Renaud of Cortaillod, Switzerland in October of 1973. It remained with Mr. Renaud for several decades. In 2002 the owner began to disassemble the cabriolet for restoration. He, unfortunately, he passed away four years later with the refurbishment still underway. The car was domiciled within his estate until 2012 when it was acquired by its current caretaker. At the time, the odometer shows 71,628 kilometers, which are believed to be original.

In October of 2012, the Inter received a new paint finish in its original color of Rosso Bordeaux. A mechanical and interior restoration was also undertaken, with the work completed in the spring of 2014. Following the work, the factory issued the Ferrari Classiche Red Book certification in April 2014. 0159 E was accepted and presented in August at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it was awarded a Second Place victory.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2015



2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,000,000-USD $2,400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,930,000

2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,400,000-USD $2,800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,200,000

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet
Chassis#: 0159E
Sold for USD$1,930,000
  2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1951 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe
Chassis#: 0175 E
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1951 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1951 FERRARI 212 INTER CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 0159E
Sold for USD$2,200,000
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1951 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe
Chassis#: 0143 E
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1951 Ferrari 212 Inter image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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Ferrari 212 Inter Vehicle Profiles
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Farina
Chassis Num: 0107ES
Model Year: 1950
Profile
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 0143 E
Engine Num: 0143 E
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 0145E
Model Year: 1951
Profile

Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0157EL
Engine Num: 0157/EL
Model Year: 1951
Profile
Cabriolet
Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0159E
Engine Num: 0159E
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0161 EL
Model Year: 1951
Profile

Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0163E
Model Year: 1951
Profile
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0175 E
Engine Num: 0175 E
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Barchetta
Ferrari 212 Inter Barchetta

Coachbuilder: Touring
Model Year: 1952
Profile

Spyder
Ferrari 212 Inter Spyder

Coachbuilder: Drogo
Chassis Num: 0147 E
Engine Num: 0147 E
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Cabriolet
Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0177E
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0197 EL
Engine Num: 0197EL
Model Year: 1952
Profile

Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 0213EL
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0221 EL
Engine Num: 0221 EL
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 0233 EL
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0235 EU
Engine Num: 0235 EU
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0237 EU
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Cabriolet
Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 0255 EU
Engine Num: 0255 EU
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0257EU
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0263 EU
Engine Num: 0263 EU
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0267EU
Model Year: 1952
Profile

Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0277EU
Engine Num: 0277EU
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Geneva Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Geneva Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0289EU
Engine Num: 0289
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0292MM
Model Year: 1952
Profile

Berlinetta
Ferrari 212 Inter Berlinetta

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0219EL
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0263 EU
Engine Num: 0263 EU
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0267 EU
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0269 EU
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0285 EU
Engine Num: 0285 EU
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Chassis Num: 0287 EU
Engine Num: 0287 EU
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History


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