Ferrari 195 Inter - 1950


195 Inter


This was a touring-type version of the 195 S, with a more powerful yet more flexible engine which made driving easier for clients unused to extreme performance. Touring, Ghia and Ghia Aigle (the first foreign coachworks to take an active interest in a Ferrari) created a number of different versions, some of which proved to be quite successful in GT racing. The most popular versions of this model, however, were those by Vignale, who produced some stunning personalised coupés for the most exclusive clientele.

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The 195 models were developed from the 166 Inter series, with a slightly longer wheelbase, up from 2420 mm to 2500 mm, to increase cabin space, otherwise the chassis frame was of the same basic tubular steel construction as that of the earlier model.

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Ferrari 195 Inter - 1950
Ferrari 195 Inter - 1950

The Structure

Like the 166 Inter series, the 195 variant 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. There was a concurrent 195 Sport model, which was built in the even chassis number competition car range.

An example of the 195 Sport in berlinetta form, driven by Marzotto/Crosara won the 1950 Mille Miglia, ahead of the 195 engine Touring barchetta of Serafini/Salani. The range of body design houses altered to include Motto and the Swiss Ghia Aigle concerns; each produced a single example of their craft on a 195 chassis, whilst Stabilimenti Farina dropped off the list. With this model, the Ghia and Vignale body styles seemed to find greatest favour with clients, considerably outnumbering the other contenders.

The Engine

The V12 engine was again based on the original Giacomo Colombo design for the 125 model in 1947, but was enlarged in capacity by almost 25% from that in the 166 model to 2431 cc. This was done by increasing the bore diameter to 65 mm, whilst retaining the 58.8 mm stroke of the 166 engine. As with the 166 Inter, the standard induction wear on the 195 Inter engine was a single twin choke carburettor, but some examples received a triple twin choke carburettor set-up, as with the earlier model. Some 166 MM competition models were upgraded to 195 engine size specification, as the increased capacity provided more power, and helped them to remain competitive on the race track. Once again the engine featured a twin distributor and coil ignition system, with a single spark plug per cylinder, and wet sump lubrication.

The 195 Inter models were produced during 1950-51, in the odd number road car chassis number sequence in the range of 081S to 0195S, with a total production of twenty five examples. As with the 166 Inter series of road cars, the 195s also saw frequent competition activity at both amateur and professional level.

Ferrari 195 Inter - 1950

Careful selection of the best shots of the 195 Inter in high definition. The photo gallery shows the distinctive features of this model Ferrari in 1950, focusing on the details and the most important parts.


V12  Engine

Type front, longitudinal 60° V12
Bore/stroke 65 x 58.8 mm
Unitary displacement 195.08 cc
Total displacement 2341.02 cc
Compression ratio 7.5 : 1
Maximum power 96 kW (130 hp) at 6000 rpm
Power per litre 56 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed single Weber 36 DCF carburettor
Ignition single spark plug per cylinder, two coils
Lubrication wet sump
Clutch single-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones. transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension live axle, semi-elliptic springs, trailing arms, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers
Brakes drums
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering worm and sector
Fuel tank capacity 82 litres
Front tyres 5.90 x 15
Rear tyres 5.90 x 15
Type two-seater coupé
Length -
Width -
Height -
Wheelbase 2500 mm
Front track 1270 mm
Rear track 1250 mm
Weight 950 kg (dry)
Top speed 180 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h -
0-400 m -
0-1000 m -