Monday, June 5, 2017

Ferrari 125 S

The very first car produced and built under the Ferrari name is the Ferrari 125 S The 125 S was the first vehicle to bear the Ferrari name when it debuted on May 11, 1947 at the Piacenza racing circuit.
It featured a V12, a trait it shared with most Ferrari cars of the following decades. The 125 S was replaced by the 159 S later in 1947.
The 125 S used a steel tube-frame chassis and had a double wishbone suspension with transverse leaf springs in front with a live axle in the rear. Hydraulic power drum brakes were front and rear. The 125 S was powered by a 1.5 L V12 with 118 bhp at 6,800 rpm. It was a single overhead camshaft design with 2 valves per cylinder and three double-choke Weber 30DCF carburetors.

Only known photo of Enzo Ferrari taking the first Ferrari out for its inaugural drive.
Both of the two 125 S cars built in 1947 were dismantled, and their parts are thought to have been re-used. The 125 S won six of its fourteen races in 1947.

1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Spyder
Ferrari’s first customer model was the 166 Inter with Spider Corsa bodywork. These were built after the great success of Ferrari’s first major victory at the 1947 Gran Premio di Torino. These cars had removable fenders and lights so they could race in Forumula 2. 9 examples were built.