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  Ferrari 212 Europa Ghia Cabriolet
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1952
Introduced at:1952 Geneva Motor Show
Designed by:Ghia
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 09, 2018
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAlthough Ferrari 'standardized' their line-up, the cars were still delivered as rolling chassis only for custom coach-builders to body. Additionally the final finish and trim of each of these was catered to the individual demands of the customers. This meant that no two Inters were identical. Introduced in March of 1948, the first 166 Inter featured a Touring built Coupe body that would become the most popular choice. Vignale, Stabilimenti Farina, Bertone and Ghia were also commissioned to cloth the 166 Inter chassis.

In its 2-litre guise the V12 was already a development (enlargement) of Colombo's original design, which had a displacement of just 1.5 litre. There was however room left to add even more volume to the engine, resulting in the 195 (2.3 litre) and 212 (2.6 litre) versions of the same engine. The changes were so minimal that many of the existing engines were later modified to give them some additional punch. The 166 Inter model was officially replaced in 1950 by the similar but larger engined 195 Inter. A year later, this was joined in the line-up by the 212 Inter.

Production of Ferrari's first road car eventually ceased in 1952. In those five years just 142 examples were produced of the 166, 195 and 212 Inters. The Inter's real successor was the 250 GT introduced two years later, which really established Ferrari as a road car manufacturer. Interestingly the 250 GT engine was yet a further development of the Colombo 'short block' V12 and the chassis also shared many traits with the very first Ferraris.

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