1951 Ferrari 195 Inter
The 1951 Ferrari 195 Inter, one of only 6 Ghia bodies produced in that year, remains one of the most important offerings of Ferrari’s early days. Built for the Ferrari factory driver Luigi Villoresi, the racing pedigree of the car’s original owner is clearly evident throughout the car. In building the car’s one-of-a-kind engine, Ferrari bored out the smaller 166 motor to increase displacement. The new 2.6l V12 was then fitted with a unique three Weber carburetor setup, special camshafts, and beautifully hand crafted headers in order to extract 160 horsepower from the specially crafted power plant. A set of 6 sparkplugs line each side of the engine bay as a nod to Villoresi’s racing background. Two competition bucket seats act as a reminder of the cars capabilities in an elegant and artfully designed cockpit. A wood and aluminum three-spoke steering wheel wearing the prancing horse badge sits between the driver and a set of wonderfully art deco gauges. All of this wears a beautiful Ghia body finished in an understated eggshell white paint, as it was from the factory. Each bodyline is as purposeful and elegant as is the motor lying under its hood. It was a truly exotic design in 1951, and continues to be a staggering piece of automotive art with the historical significance to match.