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.

Type front, longitudinal 60° V12
Bore/stroke 55 x 52,5 mm
Unitary displacement 124.73 cc
Total displacement 1496.77 cc
Compression ratio 9,5 : 1
Maximum power 87 kW (118 hp) at 6800 rpm
Power per litre 79 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed three Weber 30 DCN carburettors
Ignition single spark plug per cylinder, two magnetos
Lubrication wet carter
Clutch single-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, lower transverse leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension rigid axle, longitudinal half elliptic leaf spring, hydraulic dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes drums
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering worm and sector
Fuel tank capacity 72 litres
Front tyres 5.00 x 15
Rear tyres 6.00 x 15