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1951 Ferrari 195 Inter

Chassis no. 0115/S
Engine no. 0115S
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 on both side of the ocean, renown owners, was in movie and book.

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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-powerful 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 aluminum. The designer Michelotti worked closely with Alfredo Vignale, one of the newest coachbuilders in Turin; the pair had worked together at Stabilimenti Farina.

The history of the Ferrari 195 Inter with chassis no. 0115/S was completely rebuilt and traced by the internationally renowned Ferrari expert, Marcel Massinì. The story begins when the car is ready to leave the factory on January 8, 1951, and is entrusted to a dealer in Milan, WI.PU.CO. S.r.l., named previously A.I.C.A.R. S.r.l. (Agenzia Internazionale Commercio e Ricambi) in Milan, Italy (International Agency for Automobile and Spare Parts Trading), of the renown Franco Cornacchia, former Racing Driver, who sells it that same year to its first owner Maria Clotilde Abrami, who buys it on behalf of a nobleman, the Marquis Raggio. The car remained in Italy for another two years, until 1953, when it returned to Ferrari to be fixed up. It then crosses the ocean and arrives in the USA where it will remain until 1979. In the meantime, it participates in the 1974 film "Gone in 60 seconds", by H. B. Halicki and, in 1976, is pictured in the book "Ferrari, the man, the machines" by Stan Grayson. It's also featured as "Car of the Month" in Ferrari Owners Club magazine issue 2, 1979. In 1979 it arrives in London and remain in the UK until 1994, when it finally returns to Italy. From 1999 to 2012 the car is owned by Emilio "Chicco" Gnutti, a famous entrepreneur in the field of finance and a great collector of classic cars. The car disputed some edition of the Mille Miglia re-enactments and received, in 2006, the Ferrari Classiche certification.