One of just four 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe’s transformed by Vignale will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s at the company’s Driven by Disruption event in New York City on December 10.
Just 22 examples of the Ferrari 250 Europa were ever produced with 18 of those featuring Pininfarina-designed bodies and the remaining four coming courtesy of Vignale. This particular example is just the second of those four Vignale models and is chassis number 0313. The car is also the sixth last road-going Ferrari ever produced with coachwork from Vignale.
After being produced, the car was initially displayed to the public at the World Motor Sports Show at Madison Square Garden in January 1954. Despite originally leaving the factory painted silver, just prior to the show it was refinished in red at the request of Luigi Chinetti Motors. In the proceeding decades, the car was owned by a number of different enthusiasts and under the ownership of Henrich Kampfer from Switzerland, it underwent a massive restoration which was completed in October 2011 after over 3800 hours of work.
In 2012, it was awarded the Trofeo Foglizzi for the best interior design at the Concours d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2012 and at this year’s Cavallino Classic, was awarded Platinum and the Ferrari Classiche Cup as the most outstanding factory-certified Ferrari from the event.