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Ferrari – 250 S Vignale

The Ferrari 250 S was a sports racing car produced by Ferrari in 1952. It was the first in the long lineage of Ferrari 250 road and race cars powered by an ubiquitous 3.0-litre Colombo V12 engine. In 1952 the 250 S won the Mille Miglia and 12 Hours of Pescara. At the Le Mans, the same year, it clocked the fastest race lap time. Only a single example was produced.


Vehicle Overview

The 250 S was created as an evolution over the preceding 225 S model. It shared the same tubular steel chassis of a ‘Tuboscocca’ type as some of them. The new model retained the same wheelbase and track dimensions. New was the 3.0-litre Colombo V12 engine, developed by Aurelio Lampredi as a chief Ferrari engineer at that time. The 250 S had a closed berlinetta bodywork designed by Giovanni Michelotti and carried out by Vignale. The style closely resembled the Vignale berlinettas of its predecessors. Front fenders had two portholes in them and the fuel filler cap was on the outside, mounted on the rear window. After the Mile Miglia, bonnet was modified with an air-scoop. Front windshield had three small wipers installed, one of them was on the roof. A single example was ever produced, s/n 0156ET. “ET” in its suffix represented ‘Export-Tuboscocca’. The technical experience and racing capabilities of the 250 S over its career led Ferrari to develop a series produced race car, the 250 MM.

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
    1952
  • Make
    Ferrari
  • Model
    250 S
  • Coachbuilder
    Vignale
  • Length (mm)
    3800
  • Width (mm)
    1570
  • Height (mm)
    1400
  • Photo credits
    Wouter Melissen
  • Engine Type
    V12
  • Designer
    Giovanni Michelotti

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