Ghia had built only two convertible Ferraris and this car was originally one of them and shown at the '52 Turin Auto Salon and the '52 Paris Salon. In the next year the car was rebodied with this rather 'chubby' Coupe coachwork and sold to intermediary Editoriale Domus from Milan, Italy. In 1953 #0191EL was sold to the Argentinian President Juan Domingo Peron. This was after the death of his famous wife Evita and his actions were under closer scrutiny; it’s said that he purchased the car but it first went first to Milan, Italy and was given a new (used) registration number. That way, Perón could avoid high taxes for new luxury imports that came into Argentina.
The car was left behind when he was exiled just a few years later. It remained in storage until 1973 when it was bought by an Italian living in Buenos Aires. It was sold again in 1987, and in 1990 it went through a meticulous restoration to return it to the same condition as it was first seen in Paris so many years ago.
In the earlier years the car had been painted red with black roof and after the restoration in 1994 it was painted black and yellow as seen in the pictures.
Since then this gorgeous Ferrari has won numerous awards, including a second-place finish at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
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