• The must-have two volume boxed set (2 books + 10 drawings). Read More
  • Limited edition artworks set (original factory) by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Srl. Read More
  • Help us bring back the Stolen Children of Ukraine! Visit OFF-NGO.ORG for info how you can help. Read More
  • Fine collectible automotive memorabilia like factory drawings, prints, posters, books, brochures, artworks and rare parts. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
Pininfarina Ferrari 212 Inter Prince Bernhard

A most convenient venue to sell the late Prince Bernhard’s Ferrari 212 Inter: that is Concours d’élégance ‘Het Loo’ in Apeldoorn. The unrestored car will be auctioned at the Dutch royal palace on August 31.

We had never heard of ‘Royal Car Auctions’ before, but apparently the newborn Dutch auction house will be selling some interesting cars during the concours d'élégance that takes place at ‘Het Loo’ this year for the eight time.

One of the auction's highlights will be a 1938 Bugatti Atalante that is expected to fetch 675.000 to 700.000 euros. More interesting perhaps, will be a Ferrari 212 Inter with Berlinetta coachwork by Pininfarina that was originally owned by the late Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands. According to the auctioneer the car is of 1955-vintage.

Pininfarina Ferrari 212 Inter Prince Bernhard

The Ferrari-mad Prince Bernhard bought the Ferrari - his first - second hand from a Belgian owner in the early fifties. It is said that when Enzo Ferrari heard of the buy, he sent out for two of his mechanics to check the car over in The Netherlands and update the car to a more modern standard, because he found it very important to have the prince as a very satisfied customer.

However, other sources state that the Prince received a whole new car. It seemed Enzo gave the order to build a new car and use the chassis number from the second hand example to avoid import taxes. This way the car did not need to be imported from Italy into Holland as being a new car. The new car with the second hand chassis number was imported to Belgium and the Prince imported it to Holland. Car #0139 may have been renumbered to #0269, #0269 was renumbered to #0387 and #0387 is now renumbered to #0139. We wonder where the Belgian second-hand car went...

Pininfarina Ferrari 212 Inter Prince Bernhard 0387GT

Bernhard kept the car until the winter of 1957. It is unknown where it went, but was found in a private California collection a couple of years ago and brought back to The Netherlands then. According to the seller it is unrestored and in running order.  The black paint and grey leather interior might never have been changed before, but the bumpers are not the original one-piece bars and the chrome strip on the bonnet seems to be missing. The 27.000 kilometres that can be read on the odometer could be original.

Pininfarina Ferrari 212 Inter Prince Bernhard

Royal Dutch Car Auctions have estimated it between 430 - 500.000 euros, but the car is offered for sale on the internet by Historic Motoring for 425.000 euros only now!
You might just make a bargain then…

Click here for the image gallery.

Pininfarina Ferrari 212 Inter AA-13
See the Coachbuilders Encyclopedia for the continuously expanding overview of designers, coachbuilders and their numerous creations from past to present.


Join our Coachbuilders Forum for additional coachbuilders related info, details, provenance, images and questions.

FORUM Search



  • 1


I am not a natural flatterer, I like to think that I "tell it like it is", politely I hope. So when I tell you that I am very impressed by the contents of your website, it is just not English politeness. I of course love the subject matter but you deal with it in an energetic and respectful manner. I am overwhelmed by the research that has gone into compiling the list of coachbuilders/bodybuilders for Europe and North America. I have never heard of the vast majority of them. Congratulations on an excellent website.
- N. Maltby of Car Scene International

We use Coachbuild.com almost daily as our main reference source!
- Schloss Dyck Classic Days

We use Coachbuild.com all the time for references!
- Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

We are very impressed by your website!
- Bicester Heritage UK

VintageAutoPosters West Coast Motors - Harley-Davidson Specials