In 1951, many different chassis were manufactured by Ferrari including the 195 and its replacement, the 212. While the top of the range was represented by the 4.1-litre, 340 America, Ferrari also sold the 212 chassis as a customer racecar. It officially sold as the 212 Export and was produced alongside the 212 Inter, which was aimed towards the touring customer. During the early fifties the 212 became Ferrari’s best selling product.
Some cars with destinations within Europe but outside Italy were given the Export Europa serial number. Many of these cars are either described as Europa or Inter by various owners.
Double Wishbones w/Transverse Leaf Springs, Houdaille Dampers
Live Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Houdaille Dampers
1000 kg / 2205 lbs
2600 mm / 102.4 in
1278 mm / 50.3 in
1250 mm / 49.2 in
3721 mm / 146.5 in
1562 mm / 61.5 in
1080 mm / 42.5 in
Dry single plate
~185 kph / 114.89 mph
0 – 60 mph
0 – 100 mph
105 litres or 27.72 gal.
Ferrari 212 Europa Auction Sales History
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet 0255EU – sold for $1,540,000. Sensational Early Maranello Road Car. One of Four Vignale-Bodied 212 Europa Cabriolets. Outstanding Show-Quality Restoration. Matching-Numbers, Original-Bodied Example. 2006 Engine Rebuild by Patrick Ottis. Multiple FCA Platinum-Award Winner. Displayed at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Veteran of the Tour Auto, California Mille, and Mille Miglia Storica. Researched and Documented by Several Notable Ferrari Experts. Certified by Ferrari Classiche. Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Pininfarina Coupe 0265EU – did not sell for €525,000. The Ferrari 212 Inter Europa presented here, chassis number 0265 EU, was purchased new by film director Roberto Rossellini as a wedding anniversary present for his wife, the movie star Ingrid Bergman. Rossellini himself was one of the most important directors of Italian neo-realist cinema. His love of film began as a boy, when his father built the first cinema in Rome, thus giving the young Rossellini unlimited access to the movies.
After taking delivery of the Ferrari in Rome, Rossellini and Bergman drove the car north, through the Alps 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. Not just restricted to the duties of personal transportation, in August 1953, Rossellini raced 0265 EU in the VII Stella Alpina event.
S/N 0265 EU has undergone a painstaking restoration bringing the car back to its original colour combination of silver (gray) over black and is ready to participate in the most prestigious vintage Ferrari events. Full documentation of the restoration, which was carried out in Germany, is available as well as copies of the first registration document in the name of Roberto Rossellini himself. Part of the history file contains many photos of the first trip Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman took to Sweden in the car.
Any early Ferrari is a rare and worthy find, but it is difficult to imagine one more appealing than three-time Academy Award winning actress Ingrid Bergman’s “Growling Baby”. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione