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1951 Ferrari 195 Inter

Chassis no. 0103S
Engine no. 0087S
Coachbuilder Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale & C.
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One of only 11 examples of 195 Inter built by Vignale with coupé body. It had a Granturismo life but raced "Campeonato de Arranque do Clube 100 á Hora" in 1953.

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The 195 Inter is a grand tourer produced by Ferrari during 1950 and 1951. Ferrari unveiled the 195 Inter in 1950 at the Paris motor Show, it was similar to the 166 Inter shown a year earlier and was aimed at the same affluent clientele. Like the last of the 166 Inters, the wheelbase has been enlarged from 2420 mm to 2500 mm, to increase cabin space. Like in the 166 Inter, the chassis frame was of the same basic tubular steel construction as that of the earlier model and featured independent front suspension via a transverse leaf spring, with a rigid axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear, and Houdaille lever shock absorbers all round. The Gioacchino Colombo’s V12 engine was increased in capacity to 2431cc, by increasing the bore from 60 to 65 mm, though the 58.8 mm stroke was retained. A single Weber 36DCF carburettor was normally fitted, for a total output of 130 hp though some used triple carbs. There was a 195 Sport model, which was built in the even chassis number competition car range. The more-potent Ferrari 212 Inter was introduced at the 1951 Paris show and replaced the 195. Coachwork was custom, and 27 were built in less than a year: 11 coupé and one berlinetta were bodied by Vignale. 

All Vignale Ferrari's consist of very many body-panels that form themselves to the Ferrari-chassis that is underneath it. Almost all designs originate from Giovanni Michelotti and were built in aluminium. The designer Michelotti worked closely with Alfredo Vignale, one of the newest coachbuilders in Turin; the pair had worked together at Stabilimenti Farina.

Chassis 0103S was a Ferrari imported new in Portugal by João Gaspar, the April 17, 1951, with NT-12-74 plate, and originally had a body with two shades of blue. The first owner of this 195 Inter was José Cabral, who was at this time a gentleman racing driver, but he used this only as a passenger car, which actually was. Later, Hermano Areias took it over and gave this Ferrari (this time already red) his only participation in competition, the Campeonato de Arranque do Clube 100 á Hora having been ranked 4th place in a disputed evidence on 8 March 1953 in Ceuta Avenue in Lisbon. Out of curiosity, behind three other Ferrari, the 225S chassis 0200ED Joaquim Filipe Nogueira, the 225S chassis 0180ET Jorge Seixas and the 166MM chassis 0040M Leão José Azavey Teixeira. The December 28, 1955, was purchased by playwright Luis de Sttau Monteiro, who was also racing car driver, although he never used the 0103S in competitions. All subsequent owners of this 195 Inter, Carlos Faustino e João Teixeira Vasconcelos, they gave him solely a tourist use. This Ferrari is currently the oldest in Portugal, and is since January 15, 1968 at the Museum of Caramulo, which boasts the original color.