Henry Ford II's 1952 Ferrari 212 Barchetta, May 1953

Summary

Italian automaker Enzo Ferrari presented this 1952 Ferrari 212 Barchetta roadster as a gift to Henry Ford II. Its wood-rimmed steering wheel and white leatherette upholstery suggested luxury, while its V-12 engine was pure Ferrari performance. Ford kept the car only for a few years -- apparently long enough for it to influence the styling of Ford Motor Company's 1955 Thunderbird.

Italian automaker Enzo Ferrari presented this 1952 Ferrari 212 Barchetta roadster as a gift to Henry Ford II. Its wood-rimmed steering wheel and white leatherette upholstery suggested luxury, while its V-12 engine was pure Ferrari performance. Ford kept the car only for a few years -- apparently long enough for it to influence the styling of Ford Motor Company's 1955 Thunderbird.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

04 May 1953

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.189.78571

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.00 in

Width: 11.00 in

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