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This 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter By Ghia Is The Longest-Owned Ferrari By A Gentleman

Jay Leno, the ultimate gearhead, gets genuinely excited when automotive royalty, like the 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter by Ghia, visits his garage.

With an incredible history, this classic car holds the distinction of being the longest-owned Ferrari by the late Rodolfo Junco de la Vega. Thaddeus Foster, Junco de la Vega’s son, brought the car to Leno’s attention, sharing that his father’s love for the Ferrari led him to learn how to address any issues by visiting the factory and interacting with mechanics.

Adding to its allure, the car served as Ferrari’s showpiece at the Turin Motor Show in 1951-52, showcasing the Ghia body as an advertisement for the 212s. This was the sole Ghia-bodied car featured at that time, emphasizing Ferrari’s efforts to establish itself as an automaker in the ’50s. Powered by a Colombo V12 engine generating 148 horsepower, the Ferrari 212 Inter remains a testament to the brand’s pursuit of excellence in an era when it was still making a name for itself.

Watch the video to learn the incredible story of this automotive masterpiece and and enjoy the beautiful sound of its V12 engine.