November 1, 2014

Shaken, not stirred... Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé from 1953

The one-off Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé on display at Lake Como in Italy
Shaken, not stirred...
Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé from 1953

This very car conjures up images of 1950s espionage movies with its lead actor, natty in his tuxedo, about to break the bank at baccarat before bedding the beautiful double agent, doesn't it?  The unique New York Auto Show Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé with exclusive Michelotti-designed Vignale coachwork is a milestone in Italian design and automotive history. This one-of-a-kind Ferrari was designed by Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale and sold new to the famed North American Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti. Upon seeing the striking beauty, Chinetti immediately made it the jewel of the Ferrari display at the January 1954 New York Auto Show at Madison Square Garden. This unique coach built sports car, from the very beginning of Ferrari's legendary 250 model range, was tailor made to showcase a wealth of exquisite design and styling details that put it in a class of its own. Certified by Ferrari Classiche, impeccable in every detail, the tobacco and bruno siena-colored Ferrari (its original livery colors) would be a welcome entrant and fierce competitor at any major concours d'elegance around the globe. Truly a crown of any collection, this utterly unique and show-stopping Ferrari will be offered with many other cars of distinction at the 16th annual Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction during the world-famous Monterey Peninsula Car Week in mid-August.