Drive in – The Racers Ferrari 212 Export “Burano”

Drive in – The Racers Ferrari 212 Export “Burano”


Enzo Ferrari didn’t like people playing with his cars and using his name arbitrarily. So Congratulations He opposes the movie star car Runners (The infernal cycle) bears his name and even then one can recognize one of the luxury machines coming from the factories of Maranello.

The Infernal Circle movie poster, in the original version of The Racers.

Therefore, the Ferrari 212 Export n° 0102/E owned by Touring in “Spyder da Corsa” does not carry crawl cavallino and it is called “Burano”.

Purchased in 1953 by 20th Century Fox studios in Hollywood, the Ferrari was immediately sent to the Carrozzeria Autodromo workshops. The front and rear sections have been widened and the side sills have been sculpted to house the exhaust pipes. This modification makes the Ferrari unrecognizable.

The car is really at the center of the film’s plot Runners directed by Henry Hathaway from the novel by Hans Ruesch, with Kirk Douglas and Gilbert Roland in the lead roles. So modified, the 212 Export is entered in the Mille Miglia under the number 555 to photograph in the true atmosphere of the race, with Giannino Marzotto at the wheel.

Burano in the German collection in 2011.
Burano in the German collection in 2011.

After this period, Burano remains in the United States. In October 2007, it was acquired by the German collector Martin Gaensler. To escape without danger, he makes a copy of Burano’s body while setting aside the original.

During the competition in Daytona Beach, April 2017, 212 Export n° 0102/E will be presented by Thomas Peck. Surprise! It has lost its Burano silhouette and regained elements of the original Spyder da Corsa body designed by Touring in 1951. The new owner clearly prefers the original design of the car to the operetta version that was modified for the occasion.

Therefore, the car will participate in the celebration of 70 years of Ferrari at Pebble Beach in 2017.

The 212 Export regained its original Touring function in 2018.
The 212 Export regained its original Touring function in 2018.