Friday, May 23, 2008

Ferrari 195 Inter (1950)

The 195 Inter was the replacement of the 166 Inter. But just as the 195 Sport it also had a short career and was soon replaced by the 212 Inter. Coupes and Berlinettas were built for the 195 Inter which included 2+2 Coupes (these had 2 more smaller seats at the back) by Ghia.






Class: Gran Turismo
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 2341 cc V12
Transmission: RWD, 5 speed manual
Power: 130 bhp @ 6000 rpm
No. built: 24






Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ferrari 195 S (1950)

Being the replacement for the 166 MM the 195 Sport had a short but successful career which includes the 1950 Mille Miglia victory.











Class: Sports car
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 2341 cc V12
Transmission: RWD, 5 speed manual
Power: 170 bhp @ 7000 rpm
No. built: 5 (2 Berlinetta's and 3 Barchetta's by Touring. But only one was built from scratch, the rest were converted from 166 Mille Miglia's)



195 S Touring Barchetta

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ferrari 166 Inter (1949)

These were times where customers were very demanding of both the performance and luxury when the 166 Inter arrived. Being Ferrari's first Grand Tourer* the 166 Inter came out with a new coupe by Touring. Touring also produced berlinetta's for it. Bodies were also designed by coachbuilders Ghia (a single white coupe), Stabilimenti Farina and Vignale (coupe's and berlinetta's both)

(Berlinetta generally means Coupe but in this case the designs referred to by them had clear differences)

*Grand Tourer - High performance cars built for long distance travel. Luxury in GT cars are given a high priority and comfort is not often compromised to provide extra performance. This is why most Grand Tourers have their engine mounted in front leaving more room for the passenger compartment.

Class: Gran Turismo
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 1995 cc V12
Transmission: RWD, 5 speed manual
Power: 115 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Top speed: 170 km/h
No. built: 37 (10 coupe's and 10 berlinetta's by Touring, 8 by Stabilimenti Farina, 2 coupes and 6 Berlinetta's by Vignale & 1 coupe by Ghia)



166 Inter Touring Coupe

166 Inter Touring Berlinetta


166 Inter Stabilimenti Farina Coupe



Monday, April 28, 2008

Ferrari 166 MM (1948)

Unveiled in the Turing Motor Show in 1948 the 166 Mille Miglia with a body designed by Carrozzeria Touring (a prestigious coachbuilder in Italy at the time) got the name 'Barchetta' (which means little boat in Italian) by the press because of it's looks.

Touring being the most popular coachbuilder among Ferrari customers at the time built 30 of the 32 bodies for the 166 MM. 26 being Barchetta's and 4 Berlinettas (Berlinetta generally means Coupe). 2 more bodies were built by two other coachbuilders Zagato (1 coupe) and Vignale (1 Berlinetta).





166 MM Berlinetta (www.winstongoodfellow.com)


166 MM Zagato (1949) - Zagato (an Automotive and Design company in Italy established in 1919) designed a coupe for the 166 MM which was called the Panoramica. This was Ferrari's first Coupe. However the car had a very short career. After a few successful outings it was returned to Zagato to be converted to a Spyder*.

*Coupe - A 2 door fixed roof car body style
*Spyder - A convertible car body style


166 MM Zagato Panoramica


Class: Sports car
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 1995 cc V12
Transmission: RWD, 5 speed manual
Power: 140 bhp @ 6600 rpm
No. built: 32



Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ferrari 166 SC (1948)

The 166 Spyder Corsa was the first ever Ferrari to be sold to a customer. Many Ferraris' in this age were not built from scratch but modified from earlier models (cars belonging to the same model looked different from one another due to the hand crafted bodies). Similarly the first 166 SC to be sold was the modified 159 S which was victorious at the Turin Grand Prix in 1947 (chassis 002C is the oldest Ferrari in existence and is in very good condition)


Class: Sports car
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 1995 cc V12
Transmission: RWD, 5 speed manual
power: 130 bhp @ 6500 rpm
No. built: Around 10

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ferrari 166 S Allemano (1948)

Winning the 15th Mille Miglia* in 1948 with a lead of almost 90 minutes the 166 S Allemano was the only Ferrai out of the 5 entered to finish the race (one 125 S, three 166 SC's & the 166 S)

*Mille Miglia - An open road endurance race in Italy held between 1927 and 1957 (13 times before the second world war and 11 times after) which is roughly a 1000 miles (hence the name). The Mille Miglia set the foundation for the birth of GT (Gran Turismo or Grand Touring) class cars.

Class: Sports car
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 1995 cc V12
Transmission: RWD, 5 speed manual
Power: 150 bhp @ 7000 rpm
No. built: 3


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ferrari 159 S (1947)

Debuted in 1947 the 159 Sport had a very short run. Its performance was not as successful as the 125 thus retired in the end of 1947 giving way to the 166 series. Two 159 S cars were built; one was the second 125 which was upgraded to a 159 and the second was built from scratch (this wont the Turin Grand Prix in October 1947)

Class: Sports car
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 1903 cc V12
Transmission: RWD, 5 speed manual
Power: 125 bhp @ 7000 rpm
No. built: 2


Monday, April 21, 2008

Ferrari 125 S (1947)

Debuted in May 1947 the 125 Sport was the first car to bear the name Ferrari. It first raced on May 11th at the Circuito di Piacenza. This was the beginning of the Ferrari racing history. The first victory for the 125 S came 2 weeks later at the Grand Prix of Rome.




Class: Sports car
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 1497 cc V12
Transmission: RWD, 5 speed manual
Power: 100.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Top Speed: 106 mph
No. built: 2

No original 125 S exists today, but a full-scale replica was built by Michelotto (A prototype developing factory in Italy) for Ferrari in 1987.



Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 (1940)

The first car Enzo Ferrari designed fully by himself was the Tipo 815. But he could not name it Ferrari as he was under contract by Alfa Romeo, so in 1939 the Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari's racing division founded in 1929 by Enzo Ferrari as a sponsor for amateur drivers and raced for Alfa Romeo till 1939) briefly became Auto Avio Costruzioni Ferrari and the car was named Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 (AAC 815). Two 815's raced in the 1940 Mille Miglia but both had to retire due to mechanical failures.

Class: Sports car
Engine: Front, longitudinal, 1.5 L (1496 cc) eight cylinder inline engine (the reason it was named 815)
Transmission: RWD, 4 speed manual
Power: 72 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Top Speed: 160-170 km/h
No. built: 2