The Ferrari 250 Europa coupé, a rare pearl

Ferrari 250 Europa coupé Vignale-Michelotti 1953

The Ferrari 250 Europa was presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1953.

Since his company’s early days in 1947, Enzo Ferrari had been obsessed with the idea of finding the right “look” that would make his cars stand out and be recognized anywhere in the world. The Ferrari 250 Europa was one of his first achievements towards that goal.

The model we are showcasing here is the coupé designed by Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale.

The Turin-based carmaker was founded right after the Second World War, and quickly gained an excellent reputation for craftsmanship and innovative design. Founder Alfredo Vignale further enhanced his company’s fame thanks to his collaborations with great designer Michelotti, who came up with a series of bold and outstanding Ferrari designs over the years.

Between 1950 and 1954, the Vignale-Ferrari collaboration yielded approximately one hundred and fifty cars, with trademark style and functional traits that made them instantly recognizable: acute angles paired with rounded off edges, a number of slits and air vents, frequent use of two-color car bodies…

Only 22 Ferrari 250 Europa were ever made, between 1953 and 1955 (when the second series, the GT, launched). Over that total, 18 were made by Pinifarina and only four are branded Vignale-Michelotti. The one we are showing here is the “second born” out of those four, rare pearls.

Photos via:
www.rmsothebys.com/ny15/new-york---driven-by-disruption/lots/1953-ferrari-250-europa-coupe-by-vignale/1078221

November 19, 2015