1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe / 0305 EU Chassis Information

1953 Ferrari 250 Europa photograph

1953 Ferrari 250 Europa photograph

1953 Ferrari 250 Europa photograph

1953 Ferrari 250 Europa1953 Ferrari 250 Europa1953 Ferrari 250 Europa
Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 0305 EU
Engine # 0305 EU
Sold for $2,750,000 at 2014 RM Auctions at Monterey.
The Ferrari 250 Europa was introduced to the public alongside the 375 America at the 1953 Paris Auto Salon. The 250 Europa, the first Ferrari to carry the now legendary 250 series nomenclature and the company's first true grand touring automobile, proved to the world that Ferrari was willing to produce cars for well-heeled customers who were seeking to drive their Ferrari's on the road rather than on the track.

This particular car, chassis number 0305 EU, was the fourth Europa of a total of twenty-one units constructed. The car arrived at Pinin Farina's premises on September 29th of 1953. Upon completion it was finished in Rosso Marrone, with a beige chiaro roof and beige sills. The interior was finished in Marrone leather with a matching beige cloth. It rode on whitewall tires, and featured an unusual featured - the gas tank lid was placed on the driver's side rear three-quarter panel (other Europas had access in the trunk). Another unique feature on this car is the placement of the Pinin Farina logo, just above the Ferrari emblem, on the Europa's nose.

The day before Christmas Eve of 1953, the bodywork was invoiced by Pinin Farina, and the chassis was sold new to its first owner, Magnolfi Latino of Florence on March 15, 1954. Magnolfi showed the car at two separate Italian concours events in his first year of ownership, at the Concorso Satorie Romana in Rome and at the Primo Raduno Mondiale della Carrozzeria at Villa Ormond in San Remo. He also drove the car on the 1954 Rallye du Cinéma in San Remo.

Once the car crossed the Atlantic, its history becomes murky. The original engine was replaced with a Chevrolet V-8. The engine was reported to be with Basil Shadlun in Howell, New Jersey. The Europa itself made its way across the lower 48, residing with an owner in Kansas and then moving to California.

By the 1990s, the Europa had been brought to Italy and passed through a pair of subsequent European owners before coming into the car of a resident of the Netherlands. The new owner had the car completely dismantled in order to take inventory of the parts present for a future restoration. The restoration never began and the ownership changed again to its current Belgian collector in 2006.

Most of the parts were accounted for, with the exception of an engine, gearbox, and rear axle. A search began for a replacement Lampredi V-12 engine which took several years and ended with 0337 AL, which was found in largely neglected condition. The car did not have its carburetors and had not been run for some time, but it was largely intact.
Underneath the engine stamping on the bloc, another engine number became visible, and it appeared to be 0305 EU. The engine was then sent to Ferrari Classiche for further inspection itself and its internal numbers. The internal number was found to be 076, which matched the number listed in Ferrari's own archives as belonging to the chassis from which it was sourced. Ferrari re-stamped the correct number into the block and sent the engine back to the Belgium, where it would be reunited with its original chassis. After the engine and chassis were reunited, a restoration begun. The work took five years to complete and nearly 4,000 hours.

Upon completion, the car went on a tour of Europe's most prestigious concours. It premiered at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2013 as part of the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours, and then, in October of that year, it was shown once more in Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium, at the Zoute Concours d'Elegance, where it earned First in Class.

The car graced the cover of Cavallino issue 198 in December 2013/January 2014 and was given a 10-page article written by Hugo Garritsen.

In 2014, it was shown at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, where it took First in Class honors.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014

2014 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,900,000-$2,400,000 
Sale Price :
$2,750,000

2017 2
2015 1
2014 2
2013 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$2,305,216$3,455,4322
2015$3,300,000$3,300,0001
2014$1,883,750$2,750,0002
2013$2,805,000$2,805,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé by Vignale
Chassis#: 0313 EU
Sold for $3,455,432
  2017 RM Sothebys : Ferrari - Leggenda e Passione
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa image  1953 Ferrari 250 Europa image  
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa
Chassis#: 0321 EU
Sold for $1,155,000
  2017 Russo & Steele : Monterey
 
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe by Vignale
Chassis#: 0313 EU
Sold for $3,300,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa image  1953 Ferrari 250 Europa image  
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: 0305 EU
Sold for $2,750,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa image  1953 Ferrari 250 Europa image  
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa by Pinin Farina
Sold for $1,017,500
  2014 Auctions America : California
 
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé
Chassis#: 0313 EU
Sold for $2,805,000
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa image  1953 Ferrari 250 Europa image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Ferrari 250 Europa's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Aluminium Coupe0325EU2005 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques a Monaco $350,000$400,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0295EU
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0305 EU
Engine Num: 0305 EU
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0313 EU
Engine Num: 0331 EU
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0359GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0377 GT
Engine Num: 0377 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0389 GT
Engine Num: 0389 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0391 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0397 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0401GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0405 GT
Engine Num: 1585 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0407GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0409 GT
Engine Num: 0409 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0415 GT
Engine Num: 0415 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0419 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 Europa GT1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 0427GT


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