In the early 1950s, Ferrari prioritized manufacturing competition cars, but the 250 Europa marked the brand’s initial foray into limited series production alongside the 375GT America. Unveiled at the 1953 Paris Salon, the Europa shared a long-wheelbase chassis and a 220bhp V12 engine with the 375GT.
The Lampredi-designed engine, with a ‘long block’ V12, showcased remarkable performance, reaching speeds up to 186mph and proving its capabilities in Ferrari’s early sports-racing cars, notably the 250 Sport that triumphed in the 1952 Mille Miglia.
Following Ferrari’s established practices, the Europa featured a tubular steel chassis, independent front suspension, and a live rear axle. The four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox emphasized the car’s road-oriented design over track performance.
Each Europa boasted unique, customer-specific bodywork, primarily crafted by Pinin Farina (16 coupés and one cabriolet) and Vignale (four coupés). Despite its exceptional attributes, production ceased in late 1954 after just 21 units, marking a brief but significant chapter in Ferrari’s luxury sports car history.