Unrestored early Ferrari to be offered at Amelia Island sale

Angelo Van Bogart |

A rare and highly original 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé by Vignale  (s/n 0267 EU), which surfaced from a Mid-Western garage last week over 25 years after it was first parked, is set to cross the auction podium in Northern Florida, March 12, as part of RM Auctions’ annual Amelia Island sale.
 
Considered one of the most original examples in existence, the early production Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé by Vignale, chassis number 0267 EU, is joined by one of the three 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinettas, chassis number 0224 AT as the latest feature attractions for RM’s March 12 sale. Offered from the same owner, the upcoming auction represents the first time each has come to market in over three decades.
 
“We are honored to have been selected to present these important Ferraris at our upcoming Amelia Island sale by their current long-term owner. Offered for the first time in decades, each boasts a fascinating provenance and we expect their upcoming sale will incite significant interest from the global collector car community,” says RM Car Specialist Gord Duff, who was responsible for securing the cars for the company’s upcoming auction.
 
One of just six examples bodied by Vignale, the 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupé, chassis number 0267 EU, was displayed at the Turin Motor Show in 1953 before being sold to its first owner, well-known French collector Jean-Louis Lafourcade. In 1959, 0267 EU was imported to England, where it remained up until it was purchased by its current long-term owner, a respected collector and Ferrari enthusiast in 1977. Since the mid-1980s, 0267 EU sat untouched in a private garage in America’s Mid-West, emerging for the first time in decades just last week (January 28). Presented in very original condition, with the exception of its paint which was returned to its original color scheme of black with a green roof and fins in 1979, it will be presented in ‘as is’ condition at RM’s upcoming Amelia Island sale. (Estimate: $375,000 – $500,000).
 
“We’ve recently witnessed some very strong prices for original, low-production examples and expect that 0267 EU will follow suit,” Duff adds. “A very original car – and one of the last unrestored examples of its kind – it is truly a rare find and presents a very special ownership opportunity, likely never to be duplicated.”

If you prefer your Ferraris shiny instead of dusty, take note: The sale will also include a remarkable 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta (s/n 0224 AT) in restored condition.

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