The car, wearing chassis number 0235EU, is historically significant as it is only the second car ever to have been built by Pinin Farina who went on to become Ferrari’s coachbuilder of choice.
The 212 Inter Cabriolet was first shown to the public at the Paris Motor Show in November 1952 before being sold to its first owner, Tony Parravano of Rome, by the then US importer, Chinetti Motors.
In August 1953 the Ferrari was famously entered at the Nürburgring 1000 km by film director Roberto Rossellini where it was driven by Maurice Gatsonides – the Dutch racing driver best known for inventing the Gatso speed camera – and Riccardo Vignolo, to finish an incredible 9th overall.
Now in the hands of American Ferrari collector, Kenneth B. Roath and his wife Dayle, the matching-numbers 212 Inter Cabriolet was returned to Ferrari in the autumn of 2010 for a restoration in its original Azzurro over beige livery using both the factory’s archives and period photos.
At the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet was awarded a ‘Mention of Honor’ in Class E: Stars of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era. (See additional pictures and event coverage).
[Source: Ferrari SpA]