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Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale 1953 - World Of Classic Cars -

Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale 1953

Although Enzo Ferrari built his reputation upon the success of his sports racing cars, it was the financial success of his road cars that his company relied on for continued success in racing. As the company grew, the two sides of Ferrari were inextricably linked; one could not prosper without the other. With the 166 in 1948, one of Ferrari’s most successful early racers, Ferrari introduced an Inter model, which was a more luxurious version intended for road use rather than on the racetrack.
The 212 succeeded the 166 in late 1950 and was produced through 1953. The cars were blessed with a modified Colombo V-12 that was bored out to 2.5 liters to provide high horsepower, as well as a chassis that was largely based on that of the earlier 166 MM but had been adapted by engineers to handle the higher horsepower of its updated engine.
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale 1953

The 212 could be had in two different models: competition-ready Export models, which sported even-numbered chassis, and road-going Inter models, which received odd-numbered chassis. As was the custom with Ferrari at the time, customers had their choice of coachbuilders to clothe the chassis and drivetrain, and a number of companies with differing styles were available. One of the most distinctive and compelling of those was Vignale of Turin.

Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale 1953

Completed in early 1953, chassis number 0285 EU, the 212 Inter by Vignale presented here, was finished in Rosso with a Nero roof over a Beige interior, the 23rd of 26 of the 212 Inters built with Vignale coachwork. It was immediately shipped to Luigi Chinetti’s New York distributorship and was sold through Chinetti to Pennsylvania State Senator Theodore Newell Wood.
An avid racer and sports car enthusiast, Senator Wood represented the 20th district of Luzerne, Susquehanna, Pike, Wayne, and Wyoming counties in the Pennsylvania State Senate. Away from politics, he was active in the SCCA, served as president of the Hill Climb Association, and founded the Brynfan Tyddyn Road Races, which were held from 1952 to 1956. Senator Wood owned the car for several years before it was traded into Buz Boback Enterprises in Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania, in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale 1953

By 1976, chassis number 0285 EU had been purchased by Tiny Gould’s Prova Automotive Enterprises in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The car remained in Gould’s possession until 1977 when it was sold to Joseph J. Pendergast of Tampa, Florida. That same year, Mr. Pendergast took his newly acquired Ferrari to the 15th Ferrari Club of America Annual Meet in Watkins Glen, New York, where it won 1st in class. In 1981, the car returned to Florida where it was owned by Peter Hasterlik of Seminole for three years before moving to the West Coast under the ownership of Craig A. Davis of Atherton, California, who owned the car for another three years. By 1989, the car was owned by collector Hans Thulin of Stockholm, Sweden, and remained with him for four years before returning to Pennsylvania in 1993. The car was then sold to Bill Jacobs of Joliet, Illinois, in 1994 before being subsequently sold to the current owner.
Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale 1953

For the last 20 years, the car has remained in the Golden State and presents today in largely original and unmolested condition. The car presents well with lots of character as only a well-preserved example can, with cosmetic and mechanical maintenance having been performed as necessary over the years. Now over 60 years old, it remains highly complete and original, clearly having been maintained but never fully restored.
Ferraris of this age are seldom seen in such a state of preservation, and many of those are quickly whisked away to restoration shops to be prepared for a grand unveiling at one of the world’s major concours events. Chassis number 0285 EU is one of few “survivors” presented in unrestored condition.

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