Ferrari 195 Inter Coupe Ghia
Introduced almost simultaneously with the 212, the 195 did not see a great deal of competition use as the 212’s larger displacement offered a slight advantage. Nonetheless, any Ferrari was suitable for racing and several 195s did very well in international competition. Giannino Marzotto, a handsome young member of Italy’s industrial aristocracy, won the Mille Miglia in 1950 thanks in part to the 195 engine in his Ferrari 166 MM.
Racing victories aside, the real purpose of the 195 Inter was to provide a suitable mount for the exquisite artistry of Ghia, Vignale, Touring and others. Its longer wheelbase and increased power output made it ideally suited to the task.
Carrozzeria Ghia is one of the most famous Italian automobile design and coach building companies. Established in Turin by Giacinto Ghia as Carrozzeria Ghia & Gariglio in 1915, the company initially made lightweight aluminium-bodied cars, achieving fame with the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 which won the Mille Miglia in 1929. Between the world wars, Ghia designed special bodies for Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia, one of the most famous being the Fiat 508 “Balilla” Sport Coupé in 1933. During the Second World War, however, the company survived by making carts for the Italian Army and by manufacturing bicycles.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena.
130 bhp, 2,341 cc dual overhead camshaft V-12 alloy engine, single Weber 36 DCF carburettor, five-speed manual gearbox, front suspension by transverse leaf spring and lower A-arm with Houdaille lever-action shock absorbers, rear suspension by semi-elliptic leaf springs with lever-action shock absorbers and two trailing arms, live axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm (98.5 in.)
Source: RM Auctions
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