Ferrari introduced the 212 Inter at the Brussels motor show in 1951. Its 2562cc V-12 with triple Webers was good for 170bhp at 6,500rpm and drove through a 5-speed gearbox. It was equally suited to normal road use and racing, 212 Inters finishing first and second in that year’s Carrera Panamericana. The Export model was a shorter wheelbase version, 2500mm as opposed to the 2600mm of the Inter.
The 1952 Vignale-bodied coupe seen at this year’s (2020) Salon Privé concours d’elégance at Blenheim Palace was raced extensively from 1952 to 1956. It was restored and its engine replaced in 1972 and it has been a familiar participant in the modern Mille Miglia retrospective, having competed nine times between 1987 and 2015.
Photo and text by Peter McFadyen. See his website: http://petermcfadyen.co.uk