RM Auctions Villa Erba Preview – 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring Superleggera

Three cars so far in the Villa Erba catalog: all Ferrari’s, all exceptional. The 288 GTO shown previously, this stunner, and a yellow Enzo.

This 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring might be the most special and collectable of all Ferrari’s — of all time, actually.

Sure, it might not have the timeless beauty of the 250 series, but this 212 is far more exclusive as a surviving competition car. This exact 212 Export was the actually the final one made by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan.

As legend goes, almost all Ferrari race-cars were smelted after their seasons, both to preserve rare alloys for re-casting new parts, and the guard against other teams copying Ferrari engineering.

This 212 Export may have survived to go racing again, as it did in 1956.

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring Superleggera




160 bhp, 2,562 cc Tipo 212 V-12 engine with three Weber 36 DCF carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with double wishbones and a transverse leaf spring, rear solid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,250 mm

  • The last Touring-bodied 212 Export

  • Targa Florio competitor in 1952 and 1953

  • Entrant in the 1956 Mille Miglia

  • Proven capable in concours events and vintage rallies

  • Matching-numbers example; a spectacular early racing Ferrari

  • Ferrari Classiche certification application in process


RM Auctions

Villa Erba

23 May 2015

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring

Photo Credit:  Tim Scott ©2015

Courtesy of RM Auctions

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