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Ferrari 212 Inter Pinin Farina Berlinetta

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Ferrari 212 Inter Pinin Farina Berlinetta

Completed:

1953


Originally delivered:

Italy

Original colour:

black with silver roof

Original interior:

tan


Comments:

The 212 Europa is the first model designed by PininFarina and is therefore a

real milestone in the history of Ferrari. The works of Ferrari and Pinin Farina

have only produced just 16 cars from which only five cars still have their original

matching number engine. This is one of them.This 212 Europa Pinin

Farina Berlinetta presented here was purchased new by

film director Roberto Rosselini as a wedding anniversary present for his wife, the

movie star Ingrid Bergman. Rosselini himself was one of the most important

directors of Italian neo-realist cinema. Roberto Rosselini and Ingrid Bergman

were close friends with Enzo Ferrari. In a conversation with Enzo, Ingrid said in

regards to her custom ordered 212 Europa,"instead of getting a new flat we

are getting a new Ferrari with a bigger trunk."

After taking delivery of the Ferrari in Rome Rosselini and Bergman drove the car

north through the Alpes of northern Italy and Switzerland into Germany and then

caught a ferry to Denmark. They eventually arrived at the Grand Hotel in

Stockholm at 3.00 a.m. The following day Bergman received a movie award.

The car went to America in 1959 and in 1980 it was sold to Bob Smith who

completely restored it. John Ridings Lee from Texas acquired it in the early

nineties and later sold it to Erich Traber of Bern Switzerland.

The 212 Europa has undergone a painstaking restoration bringing the car back

to its original combination of silver (gray) over black and is ready to

participate in the most prestigious vintage Ferrari events.

Full documentation is available including copies of the first registration

document in the name of Roberto Rosselini himself. Part of the history file

contains many photos of the first trip Roberto Rosselini and Ingrid Bergman

took to Sweden in the car.

Regarding to its condition and marvellous history the 212 Europa we are pleased

to offer might be the most significant car out of a small production of only 16

cars. It might the be "number one" 212 Europa Pinin Farina Berlinetta.





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