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1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet / 0233 EL Vehicle Information

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter photograph

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Sold for $1,600,000 at 2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island.
The 212 Inter was built as Ferrari was just beginning to move into production cars, and it carried a wide variety of body styles from several different coachbuilders. Two Cabriolets were constructed by Ghia, one of which, this car's sister, made its debut at the 1952 Geneva Motor Show. The Ferrari 212 was the final evolution of the original Tipo 166 model and served as a replacement for the 195 S. In comparison to its predecessors, the 212 shared many of the same chassis and suspension features. Power was from a 2.6-liter variant of the Ferrari V12. Near the end of production, the 212 Inter received a new 'EU' suffix. These late-production 212 Europas were given several factory updates, including three Weber 36 DCF5 carburetors.

The list of coachbuilders who provided bodies for the Ferrari 212 include Pinin Farina, Vignale, Ghia, and Touring. Coachbuilders Vignale and Pinin Farina produced bodies for both road and racing Ferraris, whereas Carrozzeria Ghia of Torino focused on the road-going models. Their high-quality, refined, upscale designs and coachwork were accompanied by luxurious interior appointments.

This Ghia bodied example is one of two similar cabriolet bodies built for the Ferrari 212 chassis. Each cabriolet body was unique and finished in its own color scheme. Both cars had the same compact proportions, skirted rear fenders, elaborate grille, decorative chrome flashes on the tail, and disappearing soft top.

This Cabriolet was sold to Editoriale Domus, a publishing company in Milan founded by Sig. Gianni Mazzocchi. By 1953, it had been bought back by Ferrari and sold to a new owner named Paul Arnold of Le Cannet, France. Later that year, it was sent to the United States, where much of its early history in America is not fully known. By the close of the 1960s, it had made its way to the Detroit area, where its engine was removed and a Corvette V8 unit installed. In 1972, it was purchased at a swap meet for about $600. The individual who purchased the car, parked it in his garage in Grand Blac, Michigan.

The car was rediscovered in 2011, almost completely intact but without its engine. Amazingly, the engine was found soon after and a restoration was begun. The Cabriolet, with reunited chassis and engine, made its first public appearance in over 50 years at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.



Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,800,000-USD $2,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,600,000

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet
Chassis#: 0233 EU
Sold for USD$1,820,000
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
 
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe
Chassis#: 0221 EL
Sold for USD$1,600,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet
Chassis#: 0235 EU
Sold for USD$1,930,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet
Chassis#: 0233 EU
Sold for USD$1,600,000
  2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Ghia
Chassis#: 0191 EL
Sold for USD$1,187,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet by Vignale
Chassis#: 0227 EL
Sold for USD$1,328,880
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco
 
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe
Chassis#: 0257 EU
Sold for USD$1,787,500
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet
Chassis#: 0255 EU
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale
Chassis#: 0289 EU
Sold for USD$654,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1952 Ferrari 212 Touring Barchetta
Chassis#: 0259 EU
Sold for USD$440,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe
Chassis#: 0289EU
Sold for USD$742,500
  2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale
Sold for USD$495,000
  2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  1952 Ferrari 212 Inter image  
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupe
Chassis#: 0231EL
Sold for USD$308,000
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe by Pinin Farina0263 EU2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $1,300,000$1,600,000
1952 FERRARI 212 EUROPA COUPE0277EU2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $1,400,000$1,700,000
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Barchetta0183EL2003 Bonhams Exceptional Ferrari Motor Cars $320,000$360,000

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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
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Coupe
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 0157EL
Engine Num: 0157/EL
Model Year: 1951
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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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