- A rare and early coachbuilt Ferrari
- Well documented history
- Full Marcel Massini report
This early Ferrari was delivered as a Berlina Vignale to Automobiles Richard - Brussels - in the middle of August 1951 and was immediately entered into the Rallye Liege-Rome-Liege. Unfortunately during the event the car was involved in an accident near Nancy in France and was immediately sent back to Italy to be rebodied by Vignale in September 1951 with Cabriolet coachwork and is featured on page 19 in Jonathan Thompson's book "Ferrari Cabriolet and Spyders"- published by Osprey.
At the beginning of 1953 the Cabriolet was sold by Richard to Mr Lintermans in Brussels and displayed at the 36th Brussels Motor Show.
In 1955 Lintermans sold the Ferrari to Jaques Swaters of Garage Francorchamps who a year later sold it to a Colonel Lane who was based in Brussels. Two years later he imported the car to the US and sold it to another US Colonel - George Potter of Palos Altos in California. Fast forward to 1972 and the car ended up with a dealer in need of restoration and after a handful of US owners the car was imported back to Italy and ultimately ended up with Axel Urban in Germany. Shortly afterwards the car's cabriolet body was removed and replaced by Cognolato with a spyder style coachwork. Luckily the original cabriolet bodywork was safely stored and after a number of documented owners the car was sold in 2007 to Marco Rollinger.
The orginal cabriolet body was ultimately sold to Rollinger in 2014, at which time the car underwent a full restoration, re-uniting the original body, chassis, engine and gearbox. The restoration was completed 6 years later in 2020 by Rollinger and the car was last seen at retromobile 2022 last year.
Restored and with it's 1951 original body, chassis, engine and gearbox this car presents a rare opportunity for a collector.