A European Debut – the Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale
We’re excited to host the European Concours debut of the stunning Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale, taking part in our ‘Dramatic Coachwork’ Class.
After completion in 1952 the 212 Inter chassis was shipped to Carrozzeria Vignale in Turin. A firm that fashioned bodywork for approximately 150 Ferraris, from the most exclusive road-going models to thoroughbred competition cars.
Alfredo Vignale compared himself to an artist specialising in metal, in an era where coachbuilders relied on skilled craftsmen, panel beaters and their wooden bucks, Alfredo adopted a sculptor’s approach to coachwork, reacting to each new assignment with the concern and excitement of a true quixotic.
Nicknamed the ‘Geneva Coupe’, the Inter Coupe’s simple design shared many parallels with the Vignale bodied Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta. However, unlike the competition-orientated Mexico, the road-going 212 Inter Coupe incorporated luxurious interior appointments and handcrafted details to cement itself as a premium, luxury automobile.
Alfredo’s approach to coachwork ensured that each of the six examples were unique, easily distinguishable by individual liveries and chassis specifications.
Said to be the finest surviving example, this 212 Inter is an outstanding representative of the last generation of Vignale bodied Ferraris.
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