The body also plays a role. The barchetta proposed for the 212 Export prefigures the fabulous spyders for track racing that will make Ferrari's greatest glory from the 250 TR "Testarossa" in 1957.
On May 23 at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, RM Sotheby's sells a 212 Export from 1952 bodied by Touring in barchetta, lot 110 estimated € 5.5M. This car had a good history in competition until 1956, representing a long racing time span in a period when the technological development was continuous.
The Ferrari 212 Export was built in 28 units in 1951 and 1952, but only 4 were coachworked in berlinetta by Touring for road racing. One of them was sold for $ 3.2 million including premium by Bonhams on 16 January 2014.