Cars From the Vault: 1952 Ferrari Barchetta
Driving Line's second Cars From the Vault, featuring exclusive coverage of Petersen Automotive Museum's Vault, is a rare treat — both because of it's beauty and it's influence. The 1952 Ferrari Barchetta features classic sportscar styling of the early 50s and is the last passenger-car body formed for Ferrari by the revered Touring Superleggera. Touring, who built coaches for other brands such as Aston Martin, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo, produced the Superleggera line — known to be very lightweight with great design flexibility.
This particular Barchetta is particularly special, as it was gifted to Henry Ford II by Enzo Ferrari himself. Specialized with left-handed drive, whitewall tires, and a larger 225-horsepower engine.
It's rumored that the Barchetta sat in the design room while the 1955 Ford Thunderbird was being designed. While the validity of this can't be proved, there's no denying that the two share more than a few design similarities.
Positioned next to each other in The Vault while I was there, the similarities are undeniable. Even the wings of the classic Thunderbird emblem mimic those seen on the Ferrari.
Remaining in original, un-restored condition, this 1952 Ferrari Barchetta is a sight to behold...only imagine what it would look like driving down the road! -Kristin Cline
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Visit The Vault for yourself at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California - it's well worth the trip!