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Country of origin:Italy
Introduced in:1951
Numbers built:One Off
Designed by:Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 06, 2013
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Chassis: 0070M
The very first 212 produced, chassis 0070M was the only one officially referred to by the factory as a 212 MM. It was clearly an interim model as it left the factory with a single carburettor engine, which was soon after replaced by triple Webers, which would become standard on the 212 Export. Delivered new to Franco Cornacchia, it was fitted with a Berlinetta body built by Vignale. Chassis 0070M had a victorious debut in the hands of Luigi Villoresi at the 1951 Coppa InterEuropa at Monza and soon after Cornacchia took a win in the Lecco-Balbo race.

After it left the road during the Stella Alpina towards the end of August, it was in need of repairs. Chassis 0070M was returned to Vignale where a 1952 style body was fitted complete with a less drooping grille, while Vignale's familiar three portholes were later added to the front fenders. In this guise, it continued to be raced by Cornacchia in local and international events like the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was sold in September of 1952 and was last used in a contemporary event in 1955. It subsequently passed through various Italian hands before it, almost inevitably, ended up in the United States. The current owner, a Washington State based collector, acquired the car in 1995.

The current owner personally restored the car to full running order very much with the intention of driving the car. He eventually decided it was time to bring the car to its original state nearly two decades later. With the help of Butch Dennison's skilful mechanics, the body was returned to its 1951 design. The mechanicals were also completely restored bringing the car up to concours condition. Chassis 0070M made its post restoration debut at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it was awarded the Mille Miglia Postwar Trophy.


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  Article Image gallery (14) 0070M Specifications