Ferrari 212 Inter
The Gioacchino Colombo V12 was bored out to provide a bigger displacement. The chassis was inspired by that of the 166 MM, with modifications aimed at transmitting the higher power output to the road.
The later versions saw the introduction of a tubular chassis known as the ‘Tuboscocca’, which increased structural rigidity.
The 212 series of cars were built between late 1950 and 1953, in Inter and Export model configuration. The last Stabilimenti Farina bodied car was built on a 212 Inter chassis. This model also saw the beginnings of a long-term liaison with Pininfarina, with their first coachwork renditions on a Ferrari chassis, which were somewhat conservative when compared to the more flamboyant offerings from Vignale, but were the start of establishing a homogeneous identity for the Ferrari marque, as the company moved into greater road car production numbers.
The 212 models featured the traditional 60˚ V12 engine based on the original Colombo design, but now with a bore and stroke of 68 mm x 58.8 mm, to give a cubic capacity of 2562 cc.
Ferrari 212 Inter Technical Specifications
Year of Manufacture – 1951
|type||front, longitudinal 60° V12|
|bore/stroke||68 x 58.8 mm|
|unitary displacement||213.54 cc|
|total displacement||2562.51 cc|
|compression ratio||7.5 : 1|
|maximum power||110 kW (150 hp) at 6500 rpm|
|power per litre||58 hp/l|
|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|
|front suspension||independent, unequal-length wishbones, transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers|
|rear suspension||live axle, semi-elliptic springs, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers|
|transmission||5-speed + reverse|
|steering||worm and sector|
|fuel tank||capacity 105 litres|
|front tyres||6.40 x 15|
|rear tyres||6.40 x 15|
|type||coupé, cabriolet, 2+2 or two-seater|
|front track||1278 mm|
|rear track||1250 mm|
|weight||1000 kg (dry, coupé)|
|top speed||200 km/h|
|acceleration 0-100 km/h||–|
Ferrari 212 Inter Valuations
The sensational Inter began life as the 49th of 73 examples built, completing assembly in late summer of 1952 as chassis no. 0233 EU (in one of the earliest uses of the EU suffix, presaging the forthcoming Europa model).
Intended as a show car, the chassis was sent to Ghia in Turin and clothed with one-off coachwork, featuring many of the design cues common to the firm’s Virgil Exner collaborations of the era.
In January 2018 a Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Ghia sold for £964,000.