Ferrari 212 Inter

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
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, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers
brakes drums
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
wheelbase 2600 mm
front track 1278 mm
rear track 1250 mm
weight 1000 kg (dry, coupé)
top speed 200 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

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.