1952 Ferrari 225 S

225S at SB prior to Monaco Historic

Ferrari continued with its development of two absolute jewels, the two V12s designed respectively by Gioachino Colombo and Aurelio Lampredi.

Columbo’s touch was still very much in evidence in the 225 S’s engine, although the improvements made to it were entirely the result of Lampredi’s research, particularly the strikingly innovative and efficient design of the intake manifold and the distribution.

A number of examples were built using Gilco’s “Tuboscocca” (tubular semi-monocoque) chassis design, while the bodywork bore witness to the artistry of Touring and Vignale, both at the height of their creativity at that time.

Picture Above is a 225 at SB Race engineering being prepared for the 2017 Monaco Historic. The car underwent a full engine build and some remedial work.

Ferrari 225 S Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1952

ENGINE
type front, longitudinal 60° V12
bore/stroke 70 x 58.8 mm
unitary displacement 226.28 cc
total displacement 2715.46 cc
compression ratio 8.5 : 1
maximum power 154 kW (210 hp) at 7200 rpm
power per litre 77 hp/l
maximum torque
valve actuation single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
fuel feed three Weber 36 DCF carburettors
ignition single spark plug per cylinder, two coils
lubrication wet sump
clutch single-plate
CHASSIS
frame tubular steel
front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers
rear suspension live axle, twin semi-elliptic springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
brakes drums
transmission 5-speed + reverse
steering worm and sector
fuel tank
front tyres 5.50 x 16
rear tyres 6.00 x 16
BODYWORK
type two-seater berlinetta, spider
length
width
height
wheelbase 2250 mm
front track 1278 mm
rear track 1250 mm
weight 850 kg (dry)
PERFORMANCE
top speed 230 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

Ferrari 225 S Valuations

Only about 20 examples of the 225 S were constructed through 1952 and 19 of them comprising of 12 Spyders and seven Berlinettas, each of these were clothed with purposeful yet rather elegant bodies by Alfredo Vignale.

In 2012 a Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder ‘Tuboscocca’ by Carrozzeria Vignale sold for £2.24 Million.