125 C

1947


1947
Serial numbers: 01C - 02C 
Production number: 2

 

The first Ferrari, the 125, had a short but intense life. In fact, the model was only used in Ferrari’s first year in business, 1947. Just three were built and they took part in 12 races (total 14 starts), clocking up six wins, two seconds and one fifth position.
The 125 began life as a two-seater sports car but there were two types of bodywork: one with covered wheels and the second with open wheels and individual mudguards.
The former version was known as the 125 C and could race in single-seater races as the mudguards and headlights could be removed and a panel to cover the second seat could be added (if required).
The C in question stood for “corsa” (racing) or “competizione” (competition) and also involved some tweaking of the initial 125 S’s engine and the gearbox.
This version made its debut at the Terme di Caracalla circuit in Rome where driver Franco Cortese was unfortunately forced to retire before the end of the race.

Ferrari S.P.A.


 

Engine:
60° V12, front longitudinal, light alloy cylinder block and head
 
Bore & Stroke:
55 x 52.5 mm
 
Unitary and Total Displacement:
124.73 - 1,496.77 cm3
 
Compression Ratio:
9.5:1
 
Max. Power Output:
118 bhp at 6,800 rpm
 
Timing Gear:
2 valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank

 

 

Fuel Feed:
3 Weber 30 DCF carburettors
 
Ignition:
coil-ignition, or two ST 25 DAS magnetos
 
Transmission:
Dry, single-plate clutch, 5-speed gearbox + reverse
 
Chassis:
Elliptical-section steel tubes
 
Front Suspension:
Independent, double wishbones, lower transverse leaf spring.
 
Rear Suspension:
Live axle, longitudinal semi-elliptic leaf springs, longitydinal hydraulic dampers and anti-roll bar

 

 

Brakes:
Drums with hydraulic control
 
Steering:
Worm and sector
 
Wheelbase and Front/ Rear Track:
2,420 / 1,240 / 1,240 mm
 
Dry Weight:
750 kg
 
Front Tyres / rear Tyres:
5.00-15 / 6.00-15
 
Fuel Tank:
72 litres 
 
Top Speed: 
210 km/h

Race results 1947

Date Race Number Type Driver Team Result
11.5.1947 Piacenza 128 125 Spyder Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari DNF
11.5.1947 Piacenza 166 125 Spyder Corsa Giuseppe Farina Scuderia Ferrari DNS
25.5.1947 GP Roma 56 125 Spyder Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari 1st
1.6.1947 Vercelli 22 125 Spyder Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari 1st
15.6.1947 Vigevano 46 125 Spyder Corsa Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari 1st
22.6.1947 Mille Miglia 219 125 Spyder Cortese / Marchetti Scuderia Ferrari DNF
29.6.1947 Varese 22 125 Spyder Corsa Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari 1st
6.7.1947 Forli 72 125 Spyder Corsa Tazio Nuvolari Scuderia Ferrari 1st
13.7.1947 Parma 78 125 Spyder Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari 2nd
13.7.1947 Parma 80 125 Spyder Corsa Tazio Nuvolari Scuderia Ferrari 1st
20.7.1947 Florence 36 125 Spyder Corsa Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari DNF
20.7.1947 Florence 106 125 Spyder Ferdinando Righetti Scuderia Ferrari 3rd
15.8.1947 Circuito di Pescara 21 159 Spyder Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari 2nd
24.8.1947 Livorno 70? 125 Spyder Tazio Nuvolari Scuderia Ferrari DNF
24.8.1947 Livorno 125 Spyder Franco Cortese DNA
28.9.1947 Modena 16 159 Spyder Ferdinando Righetti Scuderia Ferrari 5th
28.9.1947 Modena 16T 159 Spyder Righetti Scuderia Ferrari DNS
28.9.1947 Modena 20 159 C Franco Cortese Scuderia Ferrari DNF
12.10.1947 GP di Torino 18 159 C Sommer Scuderia Ferrari 1st

 

  
125 S                         125 C

 

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