1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe by Pinin Farina

Between 1951 and 1952, the Ferrari 212 left an indelible mark on the racing scene and the automotive market, with approximately 110 individual chassis finding their way into the hands of eager clients.

This versatile model boasted a diverse array of body styles, ranging from lightweight spiders and coupés to opulent cabriolets, showcasing the craftsmanship of renowned coachbuilders like Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale, Pinin Farina, Touring, and Ghia.

Powered by an evolved version of Gioacchino Colombo’s original V12 engine, the 212 underwent several enhancements, including a displacement increase to 2,562cc, achieved through a bore expansion to 68mm per cylinder.

Ferrari’s trusted chassis design, featuring a double oval tube frame and advanced suspension components, provided a solid foundation for the 212’s performance prowess. Notably, the model offered two distinct versions: the Export, optimized for tight circuit racing with a shorter wheelbase, and the Inter, catering to both racing and Gran Turismo applications on a longer wheelbase.

In competition, the 212 faced formidable adversaries like the Lampredi-engined 340 Mexico but emerged victorious, securing notable wins such as the 1951 Carrera Panamericana with Piero Taruffi / Luigi Chinetti and Alberto Ascari / Luigi Villoresi clinching first and second place. Owners frequently updated their 212s to stay competitive against newer, larger-displacement rivals, showcasing the enduring legacy and adaptability of this iconic Ferrari model.

Photos by Robin Adams courtesy of RM Sotheby’s