The 212 picked up where the 166 left off when it was launched in 1951. Two options formed the basis of all of the multi-bodied 212s, the Inter – intended as more of a GT, and the Export, with a shorter chassis making for the more sporting of the two. Retaining the infamous Colombo V12 from the 166, the 212 offered fantastic torque and performance from its now 2.5litre V12 engine. One of just 27 Export models, 0098E was fortunate to have the attractive Vignale Spider body work it retains today fitted in period.
Delivered new to Pietro d'Acquarone, it was raced extensively from new by his son Cesare. After his unfortunate passing in 1960, the car moved on to the Dubbini family where it would remain for more than 40 years. Each member of the family, just as keen as those before, to drive the car- especially at events and whilst the car was passed down to the next generation, it still saw regular activity including the Mille Miglia; a specific event it has completed several times, most recently in 2013.
In 2013 it also changed owner, returning to the factory for a complete sympathetic restoration. 0098E retains its original engine, gearbox, brakes, suspension, steering and its original trim in Similpelle Beige. The factory confirmed the chassis is original and unmodified from its production form. The drum brakes are as they were when it left the factory doors in 1951, even the original tools remain with this example – as noted by the factory as an exceptional highlight and equally testament to its originality.
Since its restoration it has seen both competition at the Monaco historic, and the red carpet at Holyrood Concours of Elegance in 2015.
0098E presents an impossibly rare opportunity to own what is very likely the most original and well preserved, yet usable cars of this period. It is available to view at our showrooms just outside London immediately and full information is available on request.