Three's a Charm!
Trio of Important Early Ferraris at Bonhams Quail Auction

A 'Holy' Trinity of some of the most desirable early Ferraris, comprising the very last 250 Europa built, a 166 Inter Cabriolet and a 212 Inter Alloy Coupé, will make a rare appearance together, all offered at the Silver Anniversary Bonhams Quail Auction in California on August 19.

The final example of the first Ferrari to have the 250 Europa nomenclature, the 250 Europa is a landmark model regarded as the first of the iconic Ferrari GTs. Featuring desirable GT chassis upgrades and elegant coachwork styled and built by Pinin Farina, this 1955 Europa GT Coupé was exhibited at the 1956 Brussels Motor Show.

Campaigned in period at Spa Francorchamps and on many contemporary rallies, this jewel is eligible for the most exclusive driving events and Concours d'Elegance around the world. In the late 2000s, the matching numbers car was the subject of a superb, factory-correct restoration performed by leading Ferrari specialists Patrick Ottis and Brian Hoyt, while retaining its original bodywork and chassis. It is Ferrari Classiche Red Book Certified.

An earlier car, the Ferrari 166 Inter, named after the successful Scuderia Inter race cars, was the firm's first international sales success. One of only three bespoke and hand-built examples produced at Maranello, with coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina, this 1949 166 Inter Cabriolet was delivered new to Wax & Vitale of Genoa, Italy, a VIP customer of Enzo Ferrari himself.

Some 70 years later this matching numbers example is presented in its original, factory delivered livery. This too retains its original bodywork and chassis and has also been impeccably restored to factory-correct standards by Ferrari Judge and restoration specialist Heinrich Kämpfer. The Inter is offered with the Ferrari Classiche Red Book and copies of original build sheets and an impressive restoration file.

Completing the triumvirate is another motor show model, a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Alloy Coupé, displayed at that year's Torino Motor Show, one of a half-dozen exclusive examples hand-built in aluminium by Carrozzeria Ghia.

Owned for the past 34 years by a renowned Ferrarista, the matching numbers 212 has, like its siblings, had a factory-correct restoration recently performed by Ferrari specialists and has been exhibited at leading Concours d'Elegance including Pebble Beach, Cavallino and Amelia Island. This Ferrari also retains its original engine, bodywork and chassis and is Ferrari Classiche Red Book Certified.

Fitted with a period-correct, upgraded, 5-speed competition gearbox, this thoroughbred prancing horse is eligible for the Mille Miglia and other prestigious global events.

Jakob Greisen, Bonhams Head of US Motoring, said: "We are honoured to present such important, early coachbuild Ferraris to the world, which are all Ferrari Classiche certified, each having their own bespoke features and pedigrees. They are truly a fantastic addition to our silver anniversary line up."

Among the collector cars to be displayed at the sale on the manicured lawns of Quail Lodge & Golf Club will be a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante, an art deco masterpiece offered publicly for the very first time.

The 25th edition of the Bonhams Quail Auction takes place at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California on Friday August 19 as a live auction, with telephone, internet and Bonhams app bids all welcome.

All lots will be available to view at the Bonhams Pavilion at the West Field of Quail Lodge & Golf Club on Wednesday August 17, 9am to 6pm; Thursday August 18, 9am to 6pm and Friday, sale day, from 8.30am.

Final consignments of collector motorcars and collections are currently being invited by the Bonhams US motorcar team to its flagship West Coast sale.

To consign a collector car for The Quail Auction – or receive a complimentary appraisal, please contact [email protected] or call:

West Coast +1 (415) 480 9028

East Coast +1 (917) 340 9652


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