Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale (1:43, BBR)

  • Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale (from 1953)
  • BBR
  • 1:43
  • Showcase model / No engine
  • black (brilliant finish)
  • BBR88C / 011984018839 (EAN)
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  • Perfect mint condition
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Alongside his successful competition cars, Enzo Ferrari sold detuned race cars for road-going clientele and the 212 Inter was a classic example. It replaced the very similar type 166 Inter, and its racecar brother, the 212 Export, wasn't that far ahead. When there was a short supply of Ferraris, the road-going Inters served double-time and became race cars. One such outing included the 1950 Carrera Panamericana were two Inters placed 1-2 and put Ferrari on the map in America.

While the Inter and Export model frequently intermingled, there was one fundamental difference: The 212 Inter was a longer car, built to accept more accommodating and comfortable bodies. Its 2,600mm wheel base was unlike the Export model which had a wheelbase of only 2,250mm for racing on tight circuits. Both versions, however, had the same engineering characteristics, including a twin oval tube frame, independent front suspension, drum brakes and a potent V12 engine.

What makes the 212 Inter series so interesting are the individual differences between cars. Each was specially ordered by a customer, and every detail, from the body to the engine, had a large number of options. For instance, some cars featured well appointed interiors with finely decorated bodies, while others were frequently sent back to factory to receive competition-spec upgrades.

Like all of the early Ferraris, each 212 was unique, and, especially with regard to bodies, no two were the same. Many companies bodied the 212, and each in different ways, so it is hard to cover them all. Vignale was responsible for a bulk of the bodies, but the remaining 42 cars featured work from Touring, Abbot, Ghia and one very special Pinin Farina Cabriolet. This Cabrio, built on chassis 0147E or 0177E, was the first car to connect Pinin Farina with Ferrari and it helped establish the strong relationship that still exists between the companies today.

After the production ceased at around 110 cars, the fastest road car in its day was replaced with the 250 Europa introduced in 1953.

In 1951 Ferrari sent two 212 Inters with four-seat Berlinetta bodywork by Vignale to that year's Carrera Panamericana. Run by Scuderia Guastalla, they competed against the American heavy metal. Piero Taruffi and Luigi Chinetti won the event outright in 0171EL. The other car was driven by Alberto Ascari who said the officials “were all convinced the Italian cars would be better on the mixed portions. but no-one believed our cars would also dominate on the endless, fast straights.”1 This victory cemented the performance potential of Ferrari in America.

Sources & Further Reading.
1. Ludvigsen, Karl. Ferrari by Mailander. Dalton Watson: 2005.


Author: wolfram

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