1951 Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta makes $3.1m in Arizona

A 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta has sold for $3.1m at Bonhams' Scottsdale auction in Arizona.

The sale took place on January 16, and featured a huge number of classic cars.

Berlinetta Ferrari Bonhams Scottsdale
The Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta was produced for the US market

The 212 Export was specifically designed for the US market, with coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring, a company based in Milan notable for its use of the superleggera technique - where lightweight aluminium is applied over the chassis.

The car in the sale, chassis no. 0088 E, was the seventh such vehicle to be manufactured in Ferrari's factory in northern Italy. It is distinguished from the road-designed Inter model by its larger wheelbase, along with a 2.6 litre V12 engine.

It was originally bought by a wealthy tailor, based in Rome, who entered it into the 1951 Stella Alpina Hillclimb - where it finished fifth overall.

It was imported to America in the early 1960s and was extensively renovated in 2008.

A 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Gran Sport Spider was another major lot, achieving a figure of $3m.

Alfa Romeo 6C Spider Bonhams
The Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 was renovated in 2007

Referred to as "one of the most desirable automobiles of its era", the car was originally purchased by Baron Philippe de Gunzbourg - an aristocrat who was a leader of the French resistance movement during the second world war.

It features coachwork by Zagato, placing it among the most desirable examples of the model, and was discovered in a state of disrepair in a French barn in 2007.

Since then it has been renovated and exhibited at a variety of automobile shows including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the 2013 Mille Miglia.

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