Ferrari’s dedication to racing was funded both by private sales of racing cars and street cars like the 195 Inter. It was essentially the second Ferrari model built for road-going use and was, in almost every aspects an upgraded 166 Inter.
Like all very early Ferrari’s the 195 used a V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo that relied on technologies like Tony Vandervill’s Thinwall bearings to achieve a reliably high speed of rpms. The relatively small V12 engine was capable of high rpm and was unusually exotic in the early fifties.
The 195 was very much the same as the Ferrari 166 with an enlarged engine and wheel base. Two distinct models were offered. The 195 S or Sport offered slightly more horsepower and were bodied by Touring using their prewar Superleggra technique. As an alternative, the road-ready Inter version was one of the more exclusive grand Tourers available in the immediate post-war period.
In the Inter’s case, Ferrari offered a very usable 130 bhp that was more than adequate for road use. Induction was handled by a single Weber 36 DCF carburetor that was more roadworthy than the 195 Sport. However, The 195 Inter did retain the dry sump lubrication which was usually reserved for race cars of the period.
Compared to the 166 Inter it replaced, the 195 Inter was somewhat longer, offering the many Italian Carrozzeria’s more room for interior space. Both Touring and Ghia penned distinct styles for the 195 Inter, the ladder using a very large front grill.
The first 195 Inters appeared on at the 1950 Paris Motor Show. Ghia showed a white car with clean lines and a huge front radiator, while Touring displayed a Berlinetta similar to the 166’s style, but with a noticeably longer wheelbase and body.
The 195 Inter wasn’t built as an out-and-out race car but some did compete in motor sport. Salvatore Ammendola raced 0117S and was a local expert at the Stella Alpina Rally, an event run over four days of the Italian mountain passes near Trento, Italy. Ranging between 700 and 900 miles, he won the event outright in 1951 with his 195 Inter.1 Later this car was raced in the Coppa Inter Europa at Monza and the the 1951 Mille Miglia with respectable results.
1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Ghia Coupé 0113S – sold for €324,800. While Alfonso Scimé owned the car, chassis 0113S was treated to front and rear body update. This was more than likely done to give the car a more modern look. From period photographic documentation of the car, it is clear that the modifications were performed prior to 1959 and so commissioned by the first owner.
In 2011 this 1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupé was re-commissioned and found to be mechanically sound. As one of only about 35 Ferraris ever bodied by Carrozzeria Ghia and about 28 195 Inter Coupés, 0113S represents one of the most rare remaining examples of an early coachbuilt road-going Ferrari. Auction Source: 2011 London Auction by RM
1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupe 0081S – sold for $990,000. Formerly the Property of Giuseppe Fiocchi. The 1951 Torino Auto Show CAR. The First Ferrari 195 Inter Built. Elegant Superleggera Coachwork with Singular Features. Matching-Numbers Example Throughout. Lovely Provenance and Documentation. Faithfully Restored to Original, Torino Auto-Show Appearance. FCA Platinum Award Winner at the 2009 Cavallino Classic. Eligible for the Mille Miglia and Other Premier Events. Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. Auction Source: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupe Ghia 0105S – sold for €290,000 As one of only about 35 Ferraris ever bodied by Carrozzeria Ghia and about 28 195 Inter Coupés, 0105 S represents one of the most rare remaining examples of an early coach built road going Ferrari and, of course, would be welcomed at the world’s most prestigious historic automotive events. Auction Source: 2009 Leggenda e Passione.
1950 Ferrari 166/195 Inter Vignale T.51 Coupe 0071S – sold for €517,000. Records show that 0071S was delivered to the Cerana brothers of Busto Arsizio on 13 April 1950. Count Cerano returned the car to the Ferrari factory in September 1951 and ordered it to be upgraded to 195 specifications. Normal 166s were fitted with a single 32DCF Weber carburettor. In the case of 0071S, the original build sheets contain handwritten notations reflecting the upgrade to three carburettors of the racing 36DCF type Webers. Show more.
This very rare early Ferrari is in largely original condition, the only non-original parts being the fire system, fuel cell and external ignition cut-off. All the original parts are included with the car and it comes with the original factory build sheets, Ferrari Certificate of Authenticity, FIVA document and current FIA-HTP papers. The 166 Inter has been personally maintained by Rick Bunkfeldt of Vintage Restorations for over 25 years and has competed at the Monaco Historique Grand Prix and Le Mans Classic since being overhauled. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione
1951 Ferrari 195 Inter 0089S – sold for €360,000 Ferrari 195 Inter Berlinetta Ghia chassis number 0089S, presented here, was shown at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium in 1951. Afterwards it was delivered new to Comptoir Automobiles Richard SA in Brussels and the same year was sold to Leon Sven. The car was raced on 28 August 28–1 September 1957 on the Liège–Rome–Liège Rally by De Lannoy and Henry and is pictured in the book Marathon de la Route 1931–1971 by Jean-Paul Delsaux. (Also see Ferrari Ecurie Garage Francorchamps by Gianni Rogliatti, pages 34–35.)
W. D. M. Hay of Surrey, England, acquired the car in the 1960s in Zimbabwe and had the car flown back to the UK on a British Airways flight! In 2003 the car was totally disassembled, fully restored by Hall & Hall and repainted dark red with black sides. In May 2006 it was driven in the historic Mille Miglia by Hay and Hay.
As the third of only a few Ferraris bodied by Carrozzeria Ghia, 0089S represents one of the most important remaining examples of an early coachbuilt road-going Ferrari and, of course, would be welcomed with open arms at the world’s most prestigious historic automotive events. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione
1951 Ferrari 195 Inter Berlinetta 0081S – sold for $429,000. With the difficult and technical aspects of the restoration completed to the highest standards, the remaining work is largely cosmetic, and consequently offers the next keeper the option of having a superlative touring car or a concours winner of the first order. The most interesting aspects of restoration – including selection of colors and finishes – await the choices of the next owner. At the same time, the self evident quality of the coachwork ensures that the costs should be both predictable and reasonable.
Upon completion, 0081S will represent one of the most important remaining examples of the coachbuilt road-going Ferrari. Touring was the undisputed master of the period, producing exquisite shapes and lovely lines from their iconic Barchettas to this, the first 195 Berlinetta – and the car chosen to represent the prancing horse marque at the 1951 Turin Auto Show. Auction Source: 2007 Monterey Preview