A Vignale-bodied 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe will be among the headline offerings at the 2013 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction, scheduled for August 16th on the grounds of the Quail Lodge property in Carmel Valley, California.
This one-of-a-kind Ferrari was designed by Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale and sold new to the North American Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti. Upon seeing the design, Chinetti made it one of the headlines of the Ferrari display at the January 1954 New York Auto Show at Madison Square Garden.
This unique coachbuilt sports car, from the beginning of Ferrari’s legendary 250 model range, was tailor-made to showcase a wealth of design and styling details that put it in a class of its own.
Remaining in America until 2009, the car was purchased by a noted Swiss enthusiast who, with first place and best of show awards for his work from Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Ferrari Club of America National Concours, commenced a superb restoration. Upon completion, the Ferrari was unveiled at the 2012 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza and has since been fully certified by Ferrari Classiche.
Correct in every detail, the tobacco and bruno siena-colored Ferrari (its original livery colors) would be a strong entrant at any major Concours d’Elegance around the globe. This unique and show-stopping Ferrari will be offered with many other cars of distinction at the 16th annual Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction during the 2013 Monterey Peninsula Classic Car Week in mid-August.