Prepare to be captivated by the captivating story of a true automotive treasure: the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale. This exclusive masterpiece, one of only three adorned with stunning bodies crafted by renowned coachbuilder Vignale, has undergone a remarkable restoration after a fascinating journey through time. With its meticulous revival to its original splendor, this rare Ferrari has emerged for sale in San Carlos, California, enticing enthusiasts with its $4.8 million price tag. Special thanks to Barn Finder Araknid78 for uncovering this extraordinary Italian classic.
In the early years, Ferrari relied on esteemed coachbuilders such as Vignale, Pinin Farina, and Scaglietti to shape the bodies of their iconic cars. Vignale, known for its flamboyant and eye-catching designs, enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Ferrari, creating over 150 bodies for the esteemed marque between 1950 and 1954. Among their collaborative creations, the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale stands out as a rare gem. With only three examples produced that year, each featuring unique variations, this particular car has experienced a vibrant history that adds to its allure.
From its initial dispatch to Luigi Chinetti in Manhattan as the first Ferrari shipped directly to North America, this 250 Europa Vignale embarked on a colorful journey. It graced the 1954 New York Motor Show before changing hands and undergoing various transformations, including color changes from Red to an intriguing shade of Purple and back to Red. After a period of hibernation, the Ferrari re-emerged in 2003, capturing the attention of a passionate Ferrari enthusiast who embarked on an extensive restoration project. Every minute detail was meticulously recreated, from the correct nitrocellulose paint to the perfect replicas of the original bumpers.
Step inside this beautifully restored 250 Europa Vignale, and you’ll be immersed in its exquisite interior. The 2009 restoration included a full retrim in luxurious Tan leather, sourced from the original supplier to Ferrari. The seats, door trims, and dash pad exude elegance, complemented by spotless matching carpeting and a stunning timber steering wheel. This Vignale-crafted masterpiece showcases unique Vignale hallmarks, including etched bright trim on the dash pad and intricate netting headliner-mounted map pockets. A correct V12 engine powers the car, which was carefully sourced and rebuilt to ensure its true Ferrari heritage shines through.