A Ferrari buy for the ages: Vintage pics of a government auctioned 1953 Ferrari Vignale Spyder

When was the last time you saw a 1953 Ferrari Vignale Spyder trailered on a hay wagon? A government auction find of a lifetime.
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Ray Utter, Sr. was an early, big-time car collector. In 1956, he bought this gray 1953 Ferrari Vignale Spyder at a government auction in Austin, Texas, and hauled it home to Shawnee, Oklahoma, on a Case farm wagon. He soon removed the bumpers and road lamps and painted it red. In 1958, he sold it to Bill Lyons, of Austin, who took the car with him to Florida where it apparently deteriorated. Ray Utter, Jr. would like to know if any parts of his dad’s old Ferrari survived. If you have details on the car, email oldcars@aimmedia.com  Read more about this Ferrari in the August 15, 2021, issue of Old Cars.

There is a good chance you have never seen this before.

There is a good chance you have never seen this before.

Sans bumpers and road lamps 

Sans bumpers and road lamps 

Here is a picture as the car was when Ray Utter, Sr. brought it home.

Here is a picture as the car was when Ray Utter, Sr. brought it home.

That's a fine dish of Italian cuisine! 

That's a fine dish of Italian cuisine! 

You can almost smell the leather.

You can almost smell the leather.

Just prior to removing the bumpers

Just prior to removing the bumpers

Wire wheels

Wire wheels

Classic styling from Ferrari

Classic styling from Ferrari

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