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Old 06-19-2015, 03:26 AM
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Ferrari Friday with 312 PB and early sports cars ...

To round off the week, we today take a look at four Ferrari sports cars of which we saw some fabulous examples during the past couple of events we visited.
Arguably the most spectacular is the Ferrari 312 PB, which was developed during the early 1970s for the World Sports Car championship. Effectively an F1 car with all-enveloping body, the flat-12 engined machine proved very successful in sprint events. Ferrari won the World Championship in 1972 and along the way clinched victories in the Sebring 12 Hours and Targa Florio. Following the team's withdrawal at the end of 1973, the 312 PB remains the last sports racer fielded by the Scuderia Ferrari. Over the years, we have seen six different examples of this phenomenal machine, which are pictured in this 96-shot gallery.
One of Ferrari's first successful sports racers was the 166 MM Touring Barchetta. Powered by a two-litre V12, it scored a breakthrough victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1949. Among the 16 examples we now feature is the actual Le Mans winning car. The most recent addition to our 148-shot gallery, however, is the penultimate example, which was originally built for Gianni Agnelli and starred at last month's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.
The same V12 engine, with a slightly larger displacement powered this 212 Inter Ghia Coupe, which won best of show at the Modena Trackdays. That particular car has literally come full circle as it is today in the collection of the son of the original owner.
For 1952, the V12 grew further in size for the Ferrari 225 S, which was campaigned by Ferrari customers with great success. Among the most prominent results was a victory in the 1952 Monaco Grand Prix, which was run for sports cars that year.

Enjoy the links:

1971 - 1973 Ferrari 312 PB - Images, Specifications and Information

1952 Ferrari 225 S Vignale Spyder - Images, Specifications and Information

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Ghia Coupe - Images, Specifications and Information

1948 - 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta - Images, Specifications and Information
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