1951 Ferrari 212 Inter / 0175 E Chassis Information

Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
Chassis Num: 0175 E
Engine Num: 0175 E
Sold for $1,595,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company.
In 1951, the Ferrari marque was still in its infancy. The four-year-old company had witnessed a victory by Count Giannino Marzotto in a Ferrari 195 S at the 1950 Mille Miglia. Their racing cars have proven their abilities on the worlds racing circuits and Enzo Ferrari believed his gran turismo road cars would be equally successful. In October of 1951, at the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari introduced the 212 Inter. It had a wheelbase that measured 2600mm and was powered by a 2.5-liter SOHC V-12 engine fed by a single 36 DCF Weber carburetor. They quickly proved their prowess, with a pair of 212 Vignale Coupes achieving a 1st and 2nd at the Carrera Panamericana, won by Piero Taruffi and Luigi Chinetti, with Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi close behind.

A total of 82 examples were built in the series including 37 clothed by Carrozzeria Vignale. They were built as a coupe and spider and wore coachwork by various coachbuilders.

This Ferrari 212 Inter left the factory with a 120-liter fuel tank, Pirelli 5.90-15 tires, and a type 166 crankshaft and Mondial pistons. The car was completed in November of 1951 and was finished in dark green with silver accents over a gray interior. It was soon acquired by its first private owner, Angelo Biemmi of northern Italy. In 1953, it was acquired by Ermanno Aebi of Milan. It subsequently passed to several other owners in Italy before it was imported to the United States and was sold to Jack Christianson. In the 1960s, it was acquired by Warren Scott. While in his care, the original engine was removed and sold to a dealer in the Los Angeles area. A Buick V8 was then installed in the empty 212 Inter bay.

In the 1970s, the car was acquired by Jack Stewart who re-acquired the original engine and re-installed it in the car. In the late 1980s, it was purchased by Ron Pinto of Palos Stewart, purchased the 212 in the 1970s; he re-acquired the original engine and reinstalled it in the car. In the late 1980s, the 212 was purchased by Ron Pinto of Palos Verdes Estates, California, who refinished it in red.

Mr. Pinto drove the Ferrari in the 1992 Mille Miglia and displayed it at the Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance in 1992 and 1993, winning its class on both occasions.

In 2001, the 212 was purchased by Ven Fonte of Boston. The current caretaker purchased the car in 2007 and commissioned a full restoration which brought it back to its original glory. The work encompassed six years at a reported cost of $850,000. It received invitations to be shown at the 2015 and 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance but its restoration was not yet complete.

Currently, the car has about 100 break-in miles.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017

Chassis# 0175 E

2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
Estimated Value:$1,500,000-$1,800,000 
Sale Price$1,595,000

Analysis

Chassis number 0175 E Auction Sales History
2017$1,595,000

2017 1
2015 1
2012 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$1,595,000$1,595,0001
2015$2,200,000$2,200,0001
2012$1,375,000$1,375,0001

Recent Sales

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

No Sale

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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