Ferrari 212

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The 2.55 liter V12 of the Ferrari 212
Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale
Ferrari 212 Inter Pinin Farina

The Ferrari 212 is a model of the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari that was built from 1951 to 1953 in different versions . The name goes back to the rounded content of a single cylinder.

The 212 was the successor to the Ferrari 195 with its V12 engine enlarged from 2.3 to 2.55 liters with an overhead camshaft (bore × stroke 68 × 58.8 mm, displacement 2562 cm³). Like its predecessor, the 212 had a box frame, front double wishbones and a rigid rear axle. The successor to the 212 was the Ferrari 250 .

212 Export

The 212 Export was the successor to the 195 Sport and the variant of the 212 series intended for GT racing. As the drilling dimension was increased again, the displacement of the SOHC -V12 increased from 2341 to 2562 cm³; Nevertheless, the performance of the engine equipped with three Weber 32 or 36 double carburetors was given as a lower 118 kW (160 hp) at 6500 rpm compared to its predecessor. The wheelbase and chassis remained unchanged from the 195 Sport. A total of 27 copies were built. Fourteen were given an open two-seater body, seven of them with a Barchetta body from Touring, three as a Vignale Spider, two as a Vignale convertible and one each from Carrozzeria Motto and Fontana. Thirteen vehicles were given a closed body, eight with a coupé or berlinetta body from Vignale, three berlinettes from Touring and one berlinetta each from Carrozzeria Motto and one from Fontana .

212 Inter

As with the 195, the Inter provided the variant intended for civil use with the 212.

With a double carburetor, the 2.55-liter V12 with an overhead camshaft developed 96 kW (131 PS) per cylinder bank in the 212 Inter at 6500 rpm, later the machine was also available with a three-carburetor system and up to 125 kW (170 PS) available.

About 84 examples of the 212 Inter were built on a wheelbase of 2600 mm, mostly bodyworked by Ghia , Pinin Farina or Vignale .

212 MM

A unique piece and in 1951 the first completed Ferrari 212.


  • Godfrey Eaton: The Complete Ferrari. Edited by Geoff Willoughby. Cadogan Books, London 1985, ISBN 0-947754-10-5 , pp. 38-41 and 350.

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