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Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Berlinetta 0128E
of five sports racing, short chassis (88.6” wheelbase) 212
Exports originally fitted with a Berlinetta body by Vignale. The
others are: 0080E, 0092E, 0096E, and 0098E (re-bodied as a Spyder in
the early 1950s). Each one has unique features.
0128E was originally sold, through William Vaccari, to Robert C. Wilke
of the Leader Cards Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was
painted light yellow at first and then Wilke painted the hood, roof, and rear
lid an unusual shade of medium blue metallic.
In 1957, Wilke sold 0128E to Dean Bangert in Palos Park,
Illinois. For Bangert, Hal Ulrich and Richard McConnell raced it
at Road America on September 8, 1957. Click here for color video footage of the car at Road America. Bangert advertised the car
for sale in Road & Track in October of 1962.
Then, in November of 1962, 0128E was sold to Robert F. Tarwacki in
South Bend, Indiana. Tarwacki kept the car until 1964, when it
was sold to Ken Hutchison in Tower Lake, Illinois. Hutchison
would own 0128E into the 1990s. In 1995, it was sold, along with
the rest of Hutchison’s collection, to Bill Jacobs in Chicago,
Illinois. Jacobs offered it for sale in 1996 and sold it shortly
thereafter to Mark I. Smith, a dealer, who sold it to Erich Traber in
Traber sold 0128E to Carlos Sielecki in Argentina in 1999.
Sielecki ran the car in the 2001 Tour Auto. It was then restored
to some extent and was shown at Pebble Beach in 2003. Sielecki
then transported it to England. It was offered for sale early in
2005 and was sold to its present owner shortly thereafter.
In August of 2007, the car is in beautiful condition and the motor is
very strong. It can be entered in a wide variety of events,
including the Mille Miglia, the Tour Auto, and the Colorado
Grand. It has an American title and Factory documentation,
including a copy of the “Foglio Montaggio Autotelaio”.