SOLD - 1954 Ferrari Europa - Thanks Dick!

This spectacular 250 Europa, chassis 0343 EU, was sold new to Dr. Achille Stazzi, of Milan, Italy, and it was originally finished in a two-tone grey. It was exported to the United States in the late-1950s and sold to highly respected NART engineer, Ferrari collector, and marque authority Wayne Sparling, of Florida, who in turn sold it in the 1960s to Preston Henn, owner of the Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale. Henn, also a longtime collector of rare Ferraris, subsequently sold the car when he acquired chassis 06885, a Ferrari 275 GTB/C. 

By 1971, the car was owned by James C. Hall, of Michigan, and then Harley Cluxton III, the racing driver, Ferrari dealer, and team owner. Bob Slayden then purchased the car, moved to Philadelphia in 1972, and sold it the same year. By the 1990s, the car was acquired by Paul Forbes, of Los Angeles, before eventually being purchased by Charles Betz and Fred Peterson, who conducted a nut-and-bolt restoration at great expense and to a spectacular level in 2004. Every component was restored or replaced with new parts, and the car has seen limited use since. The engine was built by Bob Wallace and was dynamometer tested prior to installation in the car. Upon its completion, it was shown at the Cavallino Classic, where it was awarded with a Platinum Award before going on to place Third in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In fact, the car participated in the Pebble Beach Tour as well.

Until January 2013, this wonderful early Ferrari had been in the stewardship of a connoisseur who retains a modest stable of some of the finest European classic and sports cars in existence. Upon acquisition, each vehicle in the collection is treated to a thorough detailing that lavishes just as much attention to the underside of the car as does to the topside. His vehicles are also started and driven on a regular basis, and they are serviced regularly, with any maintenance items addressed immediately. 

In January 2013, it was purchased for a major Middle Eastern collector and was given on loan to the Ferrari Museum at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It has seen very limited use in hiw ownership and as a result, the cosmetic presentation of this 250 Europa is thoroughly stunning. 

The paintwork (done by Steve Beckman), chrome, and trim were all executed to the highest standards, and the color combination remains nothing short of spectacular, just as it would have been on the lawn at Pebble Beach. The level of the body preparation is extraordinary, with tight, consistent gaps and an excellent fit. The panels, particularly the doors, operate with a smoothness and delicacy that usually eludes freshly restored cars. The glass and lights are excellent as well, and the headlamps and auxiliary lamps are both Marchal items. 

The interior is equally impressive with a striking level of craftsmanship. The instruments, dashboard, and Butterscotch upholstery are superb, and the quality of the materials is absolutely first-rate. Compared with later Ferraris, the interior is remarkably spacious. 

The engine compartment and trunk have both been spectacularly restored, and as expected, they are spotless. They are also extremely correct with respect to finishes, materials, and hardware, as is required for cars that compete at this level. The underside is likewise spotless and beautifully detailed. The car comes with a complete tool roll and a Borrani spare wire wheel. 

Benefiting from such rarity, as well as a superb concours-quality restoration, a matching-numbers 250 Europa of this caliber would be an exceptional addition to any automotive collection. An excellent candidate for future show appearances, this car is, of course, also eligible for a great many driving events, including the Mille Miglia, the California Mille, the Colorado Grand, and many others. Considering the origins of the Ferrari-Pinin Farina relationship alongside the birth of the marque’s famed gran turismo cars, the Europa holds a great deal of historical value within the greater spectrum of European sports cars.

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