1950 Ferrari

195 Inter Vignale Coupé

--Grey and Mangenta metallic with a Grey leather interior and Grey carpeting, 2.3 Liter Colombo V12, 4-Speed Manual Transmission, History from New, Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini, 1 of 13 Bodied by Vignale.

The 195 Inter is the second road going automobile created by Ferrari. The factory produced 28 examples as a grand tourer version of the Ferrari 195 S race car. Similar to its predecessor, the 166 Inter, the automobile was unveiled during 1950 Paris Motor Show. Four Italian coach building companies crafted the final product. Vignale, Ghia, Touring, and Motto. After a year, the factory moved onto its successor the 212 Inter, which had almost triple the production of its younger brother.

Chassis number 0097S originally left the factory in the hands of Franco Cornacchia, after a year of ownership the vehicle was shipped to the US and resided with Alfred Ducato the second owner. The torch was passed to the third owner, Viviano Corradini who raced the automobile at the Convair Trophy Races, PA in 1952. A year later the car debuted at the Bridgehampton Sports Car Races.

In 1954 the fourth owner, W. L. Keating, prepared the car for back to back concours at Pebble Beach in '54 and '55. After a decade of enjoyment, in 1965 the car transferred to its fifth owner, Stanley Lee, in Duanesburg, NY.

It's sixth owner David Lee offered the car for sale in 1973 as a bare chassis due to its unfortunately being in a serious fire. It was hastily sold to Gary A. Schonwald in 1974 where the vehicle sat until being sold to John H. Baker as UK resident.

In 1981, a known racing mechanic was contracted to shorten the chassis, however the length was not correct. Not satisfied with the work performed, Baker sold it to R. Francis. He attempted to rectify the chassis dimension however, it was still not correct. The car was sold back to Baker once more in 1982 and he fitted the Vignale coupe body from 166 Inter 0024M.

After trading hands between collectors, in 1987 the rolling chassis and body was sold to noted UK Ferrari collector, Lord Brocket. He entrusted the 195 Inter to different specialist companies across the UK for a ground-up concours restoration. The body was removed from the vehicle and the chassis was correctly shortened under Brockets ownership. The body was stripped to bare metal and repainted in a striking two-tone paint scheme of metallic silver-gray over dark metallic grey, sporting the same color grey leather interior as seen today. By the year 1990, the majority of the work had been completed. With all restoration work finalized in 1993, 0097S was photographed for Richard Newton's book “Ferrari Concours.” Shortly thereafter, and still in Lord Brocket's 0097S returned to the United States for the Louis Vuitton Concours held in New York City. It won first in class at the Louis Vuitton Concours and best of show at another FOC Concours shortly after. At this time, 0097S' engine was that of 0087S, another 195 Inter.

During the years 1994 to 1996, 0097S was consigned for sale by different dealers prior to being sold to its next owner, Peter Anderson.

With the attention to detail and proper maintenance, the restoration which had taken place under Brockets' ownership truly stood the test of time. During 2017, the car transferred ownership once again to a well-known Ferrari collector based in Connecticut.

Seeking perfection, between 2017 and 2021, over $300,000 has been invested to bring 0097S car back to its correct and former glory. All work was carried out by well-known and respected Ferrari specialist, Peter Markowski, Restoration and Performance Motorcars, “RPM” who has specializes in 50's Ferrari's. At this time, the engine from 195 Inter #0087, was replaced with a Ferrari Certified replacement engine. Due to the original engine being destroyed in the fire many years before, the Ferrari Factory's Classiche Certification department was called upon to duplicate 0097S's original 2.3 Liter Colombo V12 with a Single Weber Downdraft Carburetor. The 4-speed gearbox is from a Ferrari 212/225. 0097 was now extremely read and able to enter the concours arena once again.

Having been one of the first 100 cars manufactured by Ferrari and historically significant, 0097S is welcomed at various prestigious concours throughout the world. Original shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in '54 and '55, quite some time passed until its coming back to the concours arena, winning first in class at the Louis Vuitton Concours in '93, Best of Show at Ferrari Owners Club Concours in '93, The 50th Anni Ferrari in '97, Concours on the Avenue in '17, The Quail in '19, and most recently Best of Show at the 70th Anni Ferrari in Bridgehampton '22.

This early 195 Inter bodied by Vignale represents a rare opportunity to join the early world of Ferrari sports cars. Eligible for esteemed events and vintage car rallies such as the Mille Miglia and Ferrari Cavalcade Classiche, this 195 Inter has no disappointments whatsoever. Ferrari 195 Inter 0097S is ready for immediate enjoyment both on the concours circuit as well and on the road as evidence by our recent road test. Simply put, it is superb in absolutely every area.

***Please note, the 195 Inter if currently housed in the Autosport Designs showroom in Huntington, Long Island, New York and is available for viewing as well as inspection at this location. Autosport Designs is selling this 195 Inter with friend and ally, Thomas Harmann, it will thus be advertised on both of our websites.

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