Italian Flag Ferrari 195 Inter ~ 1950-51

Enzo Ferrari’s second production car came in 1950 with the Ferrari 195 Inter. Like the 166 Inter, the 195 Inter was built by hand by various coachwork houses like Ghia and Vignale, who were the two most prolific designers and coachbuilders for the 195 Inter. Touring and Motto also bodied the 195 tubular chassis.

The Colombo V12 engine was enlarged from 2 liter to 2.3 liter (143 cu in), hence the 195 name referring to one cylinder capacity of 195 cc. It developed with one Weber carburetor 130 hp at 6000 rpm, but with the optional three Weber carburetors the 195 Inter could get up to 150 hp. The front engine V12 was mated to a five speed gearbox giving the 195 a top speed of 121 mph (195 km/h), while the 0-60 mph sprint was done in 11 seconds.

The chassis was composed of oval tubing with independent suspensions at the front with wishbones, leaf springs and hydraulic damper setup. The rear had a live axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and hydraulic dampers. This suspension layout, as well as the all-around drum brakes system, was also found on the previous and first Ferrari production car, the 166 Inter.

The Ghia bodies looked a little on the heavy side, but the Ferrari 195 Inter with its imposing front bumpers was a Grand Tourer. As for Vignale, he was the most controversial designer with more abstract designs not always as harmonious and elegant as the rest of the Italian coachbuilders with its bulky finned-out body panels, sometimes accentuated by large odd chrome trimmings.

Again as the 166 Inter, all interiors differ depending on the designers, but all had an all around visibility with proper 50’s style body color coded matching metal dashboard. Also in front of the driver was a series of push/pull levers combined with Jaeger dials reminiscent of big Swiss watches. Even in its early simplicity, Ferrari’s dashboard set you apart from the common Fiat single dial interior of that time.

The Ferrari 195 Inter was produced only one year with 27 cars built. With this short life span the 195 Inter left the spotlight in 1951 to its replacement, the Ferrari 212 Inter.


Ferrari 195 Inter Specifications
Model/Year Ferrari 195 Inter / 1950-51
Designer Touring, Vignale, Ghia, , Motto
Engine Type All alloy V12 @ 60˚, SOHC. 2V
Capacity 2341 cc / 143 cu in
Fuel Feed 1 or 3 Weber carbs.
Power 130 - 160 hp (Competition specs) @ 6000 rpm
Torque Varies with spec
Transmission 5 speed - RWD
Top Speed ~ 121 mph - 195 km/h
"0-60" mph - 0-100 km/h ~ 10 sec
Chassis Oval tubular, ladder type
Weelbase 2500 mm / 98.4 in
Front Suspension Indep. Wishbone, leaf springs, hydraulic damper
Rear Suspension Live axle, semi-elliptic leave springs, hydraulic damper
Brakes Drums
Front Tires 15 in wheels
Rear Tires 15 in wheels
Steering Worm & sector
Weight 1786 lb / 810 kg (depending on coachwork)
Country of Origin Italy
Production Num. 27 (Inter)