The Classic 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta Sold For $7.4 Million
Here is something the car enthusiastic will love: the 11952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta.
Ferrari cars have always been synonym with luxury. This 1952 Ferrari has that, and it is also classy!
The center piece of this year’s RM Sotheby’s auction at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, was this classy Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta from 1952.
In its early years, Ferrari viewed racing success as a necessary step in proving itself as an automaker, and built its competition cars alongside its road-going grand tourers.
For the 212 models, Export (competition) variants received even-number chassis tags, while Inter (street) models were affixed with odd-numbered tags.
Though any early Ferrari is a valuable car, some of the most sought among collectors are the Export Barchetta cars, since so few were built and fewer still survived their racing years.
Power for 212 Export models came from a 2,562cc V-12, fed by a trio of Weber carburetors and was rated at roughly 160 horsepower.
A popular in-period modification was the substitution of a stouter Ferrari Tipo 340 rear axle, and chassis 0158 ED, the car sold in Italy last weekend, received such an upgrade in 1952.
Purchased new by Baron Luigi Chiaramonte Bordonaro, the Barchetta was actively raced throughout the 1952 and 1953 seasons, delivering numerous victories in regional events.
It is, perhaps best known for its racing days.
This racing roadster has reached dizzying sum of 6.72 million euros ($7.4 Million), which is new a record for the model. Previous record was held 212 Export coupes, which was sold for 2.93 million euros last year.
Quartet of Ferrari supercars, including the 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo, has achieved a seven-digit numbers, like the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and 250 GT Cabriolet. All in all, RM Sotheby’s has collected nearly $35 Million, selling 34 of the 39 vehicles.
Ferrari’s 212 Export model was designed for competition, and most of the 28 built were campaigned enthusiastically by private racers.
Of the examples that remain today, few can boast their original engine and transmission, and just one can claim to be the final example to wear a Barchetta body by Milan’s Carrozzeria Touring.
The Ferrari has seen a string of owners on both sides of the Atlantic, and prior to its sale in Italy resided with a Southern California owner who displayed the car at concourses events and drove it in three Colorado 1000 vintage rallies.
Its originality and history of competition certainly enhanced its value.