The Ferrari 159 S

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Ferrari 159 S – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 159 S

Ferrari 159 S – Photo Gallery

Ferrari 159 S – Technical Specifications

Ferrari 159 S – Registry & Videos

Ferrari 159 S – Key Details

Ferrari 159 SDetail
Launched: 1947
Engine: V12 – Front Engine
Power: 92 kW (125 hp) at 6500 rpm
Torque: TBC
Top Speed: TBC
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): TBC
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 159 S

FERRARI 159 S – BUILDING ON SUCCESS

After winning 6 of 14 races with the first car bearing his name, the Ferrari 125 S, it was time for a new vehicle design. Named the 159 S, the second Ferrari would also be a short-lived experiment, primarily focused on racing. While the new model did not quite live up to its predecessor’s success on the track, it has undoubtedly left a longer-lasting impression on the world, with one example surviving to this day, thanks to one of Ferrari’s most dedicated collectors.

While Ferrari retained much of what had made the 125 S so successful, the engine was enlarged for more power as he designed the 159. Bored to 1.9-litres now, the Colombo-designed V12 produced 125 horsepower compared to the mere 118 bhp put out by the 125’s 1.5-litre unit. A rare-for-its-time 5-speed manual transmission helped apply the power to the wheels, while an all-steel tube-frame chassis held things together. As for the suspension, Ferrari used an independent wishbone suspension up front and a live rear axle, with drum brakes at all four corners.

The 159’s first race came in August of 1947, the same year that the 125 S debuted. Unfortunately, the world’s second Ferrari couldn’t quite keep up with Maserati’s offering for the season, keeping it from enjoying the success of its predecessor. The lone victory came at the Turin Grand Prix in October of that year, with driver Raymond Sommer besting all comers in the only Ferrari to enter the race. 

That very same chassis would go on to become Enzo Ferrari’s first car to be sold, with the Besana brothers purchasing it to race in the 1948 season. Impressively, that car still exists to this day. Converted to a 166 Spyder Corsa in 1948, the vehicle was purchased in 2004 by famed Ferrari collector James Glickenhaus for a reasonable £430,000. Not a bad price, considering the car’s amazing history. Even more impressive is the fact that Glickenhaus regularly drives his antique Ferraris instead of simply leaving them in a garage.

Ferrari 159 S – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: Ferrari

Ferrari 159 S – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/hTBC
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speedTBC
Engine
TypeV12
Overall displacement1902 cm3
Max. power output*92 kW (125 hp) at 6500 rpm
Max. torque*TBC
Dimensions & Weight
LengthTBC
WidthTBC
HeightTBC
Dry weight**TBC
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari 159 S – Registry & Videos

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