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1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder / 0160ED Vehicle Information

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport photograph

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport photograph

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport photograph

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport photograph

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport photograph

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport photograph

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport photograph

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport photograph

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Sold for $995,500 at 2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction.
This beautiful 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder has coachwork courtesy of Vignale. It has a dark red exterior with a tan leather interior. It is powered by a 2.7 liter V12 engine that is capable of producing an impressive 210 horsepower. The gearbox is a five-speed manual unit and the brakes are four-wheel hydraulic drums. It is a right-hand drive vehicle with an independent suspension with double wishbones and transverse leaf springs in the front. In the rear there is a live axle with double semi-elliptic longitudinal leaf springs.

It was auctioned at the 2006 Christies auction held in Monterey California at the Jet Center. It was expected to fetch between $1200000-$1500000. At the conclusion of the sale chassis number 0160ED with matching engine number had found a new owner for $1280000.

This vehicle was created on January 10th, 1952 with a Tipo 340 Tubosocca chassis rear axle. It had a massive forty-gallon fuel tank and a newly introduced limited slip design with a 4.66:1 final drive. In a time-span that lasted lest than a month, the Factory had finished the chassis. The engine was later assembled by Leopardi and Storchi under the watchful eye of Franchini. Beltrami assembled the Tipo 212 Export gearbox.

By March 2nd, Vignale had completed the body. On March 9th the true potential of the vehicle was experienced by the factory test driver as the vehicle was taken to its limits on a road test. After the performance it was entered by the factory in the XII Tour of Sicily, driven by Piero Taruffi along with co-driver Mario Vandelli. It was given the number 443 which it continues to wear in modern time. The vehicle was the fastest in the field but a blown head gasket resulted in a DNF.

It was sold to Count Bruno Sterzi of Milan who raced the vehicle in the XIV Aosta-Gran San Bernardo Hillclimb. At the Gran Premio di Bari it was given the number 78. It was sold at the close of 1952 to Mrs. Piano of Buenos Aires who quickly sold it to Roberto Bonomi. It was repainted in a light blue color and entered in the Gran Premio Ciudad de Buenos Aires. With Bonomi at the wheel, the vehicle captured an impressive first place finish. This began many podium finishes for Bonomi in the 225 Sport. In 1953 it finished 3rd overall at Premio Verano at Mar del Plata. A fourth placed finished was scored at the Grand Prix Governardor Carlos Evans at Mendoza at the hands of Adolfo Schwelm Cruz.

In 1954 the color was changed back to red. It was entered in the Mil Kilometros driven this time by Alcaro Piano, Miguel Schroder and Carlos Alcorta finishing 18th. Its history from this point until 1971 is unknown. It was sold to Lucio M. Bollaert of Buenos Aires where it was given a blue paint job. In 1982 Australian Kerry Manolas became the next owner. The vehicle underwent a complete restoration and it regained its red paint color.

It was shown at the 1984 Ferrari Concours in Carmel and then the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Anthony Wang of New York became the next owner who owned the vehicle until 1989. Len Immke of Columbus, Ohio became the next owner. In 1995 it was traded to Chris Cox of North Carolina who had it shown at the Cavallino Classic.

From there, the car continued to trade hands. Under the ownership of John Sullivan of Palm Beach, Florida, the car was treated to a restoration by Motion Products of Neenah, Wisconsin. It was given its burgundy color with tan interior and the original Scuderia Ferrari number of 443. At the 1997 Cavallino Classic it was awarded the Judges Cup. It was purchased in 2001 by Michael Yedor of Bel Air, CA who later sold it to its next owner. Its next adventure was at the 2006 Christies Auction where its long history continued with the addition of a new owner.

Its beauty is undeniable and its legacy is profound. The $1,280,000 was an excellent price for this early Ferrari. It is the most complete, correct and original 225 Sport Spyder Ferrari in existence.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007



2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $995,500

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale
Chassis#: 0164 ED
Sold for USD$2,810,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta 'Tuboscocca' by Vignale
Chassis#: 0168ED
Sold for USD$1,237,500
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder ‘Tuboscocca' by Carrozzeria Vignale
Chassis#: 0192 ET
Sold for USD$3,255,604
  2012 RM Auctions at Monaco
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  
1952 Ferrari 225 S Tuboscocca Berlinetta
Chassis#: 0168 ED
Sold for USD$880,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport
Chassis#: 0168ED
Sold for USD$781,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder Vignale
Chassis#: 0160ED
Sold for USD$995,500
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  1952 Ferrari 225 Sport image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spider by Vignale0214 ED2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $4,000,000$5,000,000

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