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November 2017

Ferrari Under The Skin @ The Design Museum in London

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If you are in London, don’t miss the opportunity to go and race through 70 years of passion, glamour and design innovation of Ferrari, via a dedicated exhibition at the Design Museum. Navigate thru the CARS section and you will find 1963 Ferrari 250 LM chassis, proudly provided by Bacchelli & Villa in an exhibition dedicated to detailing the remorseless drive of Enzo Ferrari to create the perfect driving machine for track and road.

Ferrari Under The Skin explores Ferrari’s powerful personality, the design and manufacturing process, the famous clientele and the future of the luxury car brand.

From the very first Ferrari to Michael Schumacher’s winning Formula One car and the newest hybrid model, the exhibition features rare cars and memorabilia displayed in public for the first time. Discover the Ferrari experience through original hand-drawn sketches, sculpture-like models and engines, alongside films and interviews telling one of the great design stories of all time.

You will explore ENZO FERRARI’s inspirations, original photography, hand written letters, original drawings and even his driving license, from the 125S to the F40, you will discover a side of Enzo Ferrari that is rarely ever seen by the public. And navigate thru the incredible stories behind some of the most legendary Ferrari automobiles made: 125S, 166MM Barchetta, Ferrari 500 F2, 250 GT, 250 GT SWB, 250 GTO, 275 GTB4, 365 GTB4, Testarossa Spider, F40, F1, La Ferrari Aperta among others.

‘Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become beautiful when they win.’ Enzo Ferrari

In collaboration with Ferrari S.p.a. and Museo Ferrari, Maranello (Italy)

  November 15th, 2017 – April 15, 2018
Design Museum, London | 224 – 238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Bacchelli & Villa Heritage

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The Heritage of Craftmanship. Discover the History behind Bacchelli & Villa. Founded in 1972, Bacchelli & Villa is one of the most prestigious and renowned restoration shops in the world.  Specializing in Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati, you will find Bacchelli & Villa a few miles drive, through scenic Italian countryside, from the Factory

The Burano Barchetta 0102 E Goes to Hollywood

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Ferrari 212 Export and Inter models came along in 1951 as a replacement for the 195 series, the first 19 examples being the competition Export versions. Ferrari continued to produce 212 212 Inters and Exports into 1953, completing 78 Inters and 26 Exports.

Movie Story Line

In 1955, Twentieth Century Fox owned the movie rights to a novel, the Racers introducing Hollywood and America to road racing. The film’s story involved Kirk Douglas, as Gino Borgesa, a bus driver and mechanic, whose dream was to become a championship racing driver. Borgesa entered his car in the Monaco Grand Prix, only to crash out during qualifying avoiding a dog. Turns out the dog belonged to the beautiful ballerina (played by Bella Darvi) who felt sorry for Borgesa and offered him to help finance the purchase of a replacement car (The Burano, Ferrari s/n 0102E). Borgesa went to win the MIlle Miglia, becoming a works pilot for Burano and eventually championship driver. The move cst also included Gilbert Roland, Lee J. Cobb, Cesar Romero and Katy Jurado. The Racers was directed by Henry Hathaway who, along with back-up director Henry Weinberger, filmed action scenes for the movie at such European venues as the Nurburgring, Reims, Spa, the Targa Florio in Sicily and Monza, a first for an American director.
No mechanical changes was made to the 212 Export s/n0102 E but revised bodywork: it received a lower and longer front and a prominent, protruding oval grille, a more bulbous rear end was tacked on, the trunk opening was reduced in size, and phony air inlets were added to the rear fender tops, a fake outside exhaust system, with dummy mufflers was added on each side but the working pipes always run out the rear of the car, the cockpit remained unchanged.
Wearing racing number 555, serial number 0102 E had a token entry in the 1954 MIlle Miglia in hope of getting some film footage, but it was not allowed to compete. Right after, the modified 0102 E was sent to California where shooting of the movie was completed.

Chassis 0102 E Origins & Highlights

Before chassis 0102 E was a “Burano” in the Racer movie, it was a Barchetta (Italian for “little boat”) style roadster, built by Touring of Milan, the third of seven Ferrari 212 Export Barchettas by Touring. It was completed in 1951 and sold new to Franco Cornacchia, Ferrari’s agent in Milan whom passed it to a gentlemen racer, Pietro Palmieri.

• On August 21, 1951, Palmieri drove it to a second overall and first in class finish at the third Giro Delle Calabrie on race number 823
• A week later he took a fourth overall and first class finish at the Coppa Adriatica on the Senigallia Circuit
• On September 15th, 1951 Drivers Bobby Baird and Jean Lucas turned a sixth place finish and best in class at the Royal Automobile Club’s Tourist Trophy in Dundrod, Ireland.

In the 1970 and 1980s, its Hollywood days behind it, chassis 0102 E bounced around with a series of owners in California, Michigan, Illinois and Missouri, and it ran the Mille Miglia Storica in 1988 and 1989.


Bacchelli & Villa Restoration

In October 2007, Martin Gaensler of Gersthofen, Germany, sent chassis 0102 E to Bacchelli & Villa for a mechanical restoration. With a Prancing Horse nose badge and with fresh engine, Gaensler drove it on the 2009 and 2011 Mille Miglia Storica. The car was issued Ferrari Classiche’s “attestation for cars of historical interest” (white book – and meaning cars modified in period) but it couldn’t receive full certification (red book) because of its Burano body modifications.
Between 2007 and 2009, Gaensler had more work done at Bacchelli & Villa: the Burano -modified original body was removed and a new duplicate Burano body was built on the same chassis by Bacchelli & Villa. At that time, it was deemed that the original Touring/Burano coachwork had become too fragile for future use but, thankfully, Bacchelli & Villa kept the original Burano modified Touring body in the warehouse.
In 2015, chassis 0102 E found Tom Peck in California, its present owner, whom travelled to Italy to relinquish the original Ferrari/Touring/Burano coachwork. After considerable deliberation and computer analysis, and using full size drawings and period pictures, it was decided to convert the original Touring body back to its 1951 barchetta beginnings, so Peck returned to its original chassis just as Palmieri ran it on the 1951 Giro delle Calabrie in race number 823.

Back to Pebble Beach

The new improved 0102 E was seen for the first time at the Ferrari Club of America National Concours in Daytona Beach on April 2017, receiving te Platino Award and the Phil Hill Award for the Best Competition Ferrari in the Concours. It was also on the lawn at Pebble Beach in August 2017. It was also selected to be painted as the Pebble Beach poster for 2017 in celebration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.

So today 0102E has come to full circle. It ran with its original body from 1951 when new, until 2009 albeit with its Burano modifications for most of those years, and now, once again, sans the Burano mods, beginning in 2015. The new Burano body built by Bacchelli & Villa in 2009 came with the car and is with Tom Peck.

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Source: Cavallino, Issue 220, August – September 2017