With the notable exception of homologation specials, classic race cars don’t usually sell for really noteworthy sums of money. This is partly because they often aren’t street legal, and also because they simply don’t offer the glamour or good looks of high-end sports or grand-touring cars. So when a race car does sell for several million dollars, it’s the sort of thing which gets our attention. At RM Sotheby’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, a 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta race car went for $7.5 million, a huge sum of money for anything, but especially a race car.
Though Enzo Ferrari had been involved in car making and racing for many years prior, the company as we know it today has only existed since 1947, so this 212 Export is a very early model. It is a rare model, with only 28 units made, and even the 212 Inter (the road-going model that the racer is based on) only had 82 units produced. And this particular car is a matching number example that is Ferrari Classiche certified.
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