1951 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta

1951 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta Coachwork by Touring

Most bodies of the 212 Export range came from the Ferrari's chosen coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Touring. Classic Touring Barchetta shape graced a total of eight cars, while another four received a closed berlinetta body style. One particular Touring Barchetta s/n 0102E was re-bodied by Carrozzeria Autodromo between 1953–1954, when it was acquired by Fox Studios in Hollywood, California, used in the 1955 movie "The Racers" with Kirk Douglas and Bella Darvi, directed by Henry Hathaway. It was later raced in the 1954 Mille Miglia to gather footage for another movie, the 1961 "The Green Helmet" with Sid James and Bill Travers.

Carrozzeria Vignale created ten competition bodies in total. Three open-top spiders and seven closed Berlinetta to a Giovanni Michelotti design. Carrozzeria Motto bodied only a handful of Ferraris, including two examples of the 212 Export. One spyder s/n 0094E and one berlinetta s/n 0074E were created to a Rocco Motto design. The spyder featured triple headlights and was owned by an Italian racing driver Piero Scotti before ending up in Argentina. There was a single Paolo Fontana creation in the form of a spyder, s/n 0086E. The body was an open style described as a "carretto siciliano" or "Sicilian cart" with cycle-fenders. Scuderia Marzotto ordered a bare chassis from Ferrari and commissioned the coachwork to Carrozzeria Fontana from Padova. After the Giro di Sicilia, the first body was soon converted by Vignale into a regular spyder of their style. This, in turn, was re-bodied as a three-door station wagon by Fontana to serve as a support car in Carrera Panamericana. Before the 1952 Giro di Sicilia, 0086E received yet another spyder body, this time also by Fontana, with regular fenders but very narrow and inswept flanks.

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Production Start 1951
Production End 1952
Country of origin Italy
Produced 27