Ferrari marks 70th anniversary, fires up first ever V12 road car 125 S

The 125 S was the first road car Enzo Ferrari himself rolled out on the streets of Maranello

By: | Published: March 17, 2017 12:39 PM
The 125 S was the first road car Ferrari rolled out on the streets of Maranello

One would expect sleek design when Ferrari comes to mind, featured here is one too, a rather special Ferrari. It is called the 125 S, and the brand recently celebrated 70 years since Enzo Ferrari himself took this car out for a test drive. It was the first road car Ferrari rolled out on the streets of Maranello. Although, it was not a finished product, it was a prominent moment in history as it was the first Ferrari for the road. It wasn't exactly like how we know Ferraris today - screamy engines, big speed, on point aerodynamics. The 125 S came with a 1.5-litre V12 producing around 118bhp, which isn't on the same page as the 812 Superfast that accelerates to 100 kmph in 2.9 seconds.

The engine, designed by Gioacchino Colombo (using input from Giuseppe Busso and Luigi Bazzi), may not produce big numbers on power, but the car's dry kerb weight was 650 kg. Ferrari says it could do a top speed of 208 kmph.

The 125 S had it first full track debut just after two months. The car was leading the race at the Piacenza Circuit but had to stop following a fuel pump problem. The issue was promptly corrected and nine days later Franco Cortese was the first to cross the finish line at the Rome GP. This was the first of six wins 125 S registered in its name in 1947. The historic 125 S has now been fired up again. Quite an appropriate way to start celebrations for the 70th anniversary.

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