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Cernobbio, 23rd - 25th of May
Following the pre-war years the first years after the war were dedicated to the final editions of the original Villa D´Este Concours up to 1953. This class did not feature less than three Ferrari and two Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS including the Villa D´Este model along a tiny Cisitalia 202 Convertible. The Cisitalia 202 Pinin Farina Coupe is one of the few cars that is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art showing the importance and the influence of this design, aside the Coupe a few Spiders were built.

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The early 1950s were the time when several coachbuilders were working for Ferrari before Pininfarina became the choice for most of the models. In Como three different models with three different coachbuilders were present starting with the 195 Inter by Ghia, the 212 Inter by Vignale and the 250 Europa by Pinin Farina. Of particular interest and also winner of the Best in Class Award was the 1953 Pinin Farina Show car in very elegant and unusual two-tone colour combination and white wall tyres as original on the Pininfarina press pictures of this era. Furthermore this car did not feature rear side mirrors giving it a very clean and elegant appearance. The car had a typical history in the US as it lost its original engine to be replaced by a more powerful and especially easier to maintain Chevrolet engine, it has been restored to perfection since by Ferrari Classiche and was already shown in other concours including Goodwood and Zoute. It is said to be auctioned later this year in Monterey and without doubt it will be seen in the future at the American Concours circuit.

Already shown on that side of the Atlantic is the 212 Inter by Ghia. Originally delivered to Portugal it was coloured with the schema of the Portuguese taxies with green over black. Today it is part of an important New York Ferrari collection and as the owner is a regular entrant at Como this beautiful example could be admired at this year’s event.

More vintage both in design and in the way it drives is the 195 Inter by Ghia, the Turin Show Car and oldest Ferrari entry of the weekend. Rarely seen in public it was easy to see that the car is more intended as a regular driver by the owner than a trailer queen as it showed some nice patina both in the blue interior and the engine compartment.

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