Name: 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale
Year(s) Produced: 1953-1954
Number Built: 6
Class: Sports car
Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe
Engine: Ferrari Lampredi V-12
Power: 197hp @ 6300 RPM
0-60mph: 8.3 seconds
Top Speed: 132 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 169.3 in/63 in/48 in
Wheelbase: 110.2 in.
Base Price: (?)
Current Value: US$4.5million (RM Auctions)
Have you ever wondered how it will be like if you can travel around to your heart’s content, having millions to spare, and a cool car to go with it? Now picture yourself in this early Ferrari 250 Europa and coach-worked by Vignale. This particular Europa was actually one of the only six Vignale ever made by Ferrari.
Design connoisseurs may have a different take on this, but it’s difficult to dismiss the jet-like roofline, the jet-like louvers, and deep body vents that are atypical for a car of this period. The driver’s seat even gives you a feel of being a pilot inside its jetliner type cockpit.
This car debuted in the 1954 World Motor Sports Show in New York painted with Ferrari’s iconic red. However, it was repainted to intentionally call attention, selling afterwards for $17,500. After passing thru several owners, it bid its time in storage beginning mid 70s until it was rediscovered in 2003 and eventually bought by Swiss restorer Heinrich Kämpfer in 2009.
This marks the Europa’s demanding restoration. Starting from the Wilton wool carpets to the ICI nitro-cellulose lacquer paint job, this vintage also had a new engine block by Ferrari Classiche. An estimated 4,000 hours (roughly equivalent to 500, 8-hour days) were spent by Kämpfer’s team in bringing the car to its stately condition.
Now back to our dream… with all the grandeur of the Ferrari 250 Europa, with a price tag of $4.5 million USD, where will you take this beauty?