The Ferrari 625 TF has always been a rare car, but that is especially true today. Not only is it a four-cylinder Ferrari, but only three models were made. Spotting one today is an extremely special event, as there is only one model known to be in existence. Interestingly, even Ferrari aren’t quite sure what the “TF” name stands for, postulating on their website that the initials could have been honouring the Targa Florio, although the car was never entered in that race. After this extremely limited run, more four-cylinder models would follow, including the 500 Mondial.
Removing 8 Cylinders
Following the success of the new Lampredi-designed four-cylinder cars in Formula 2, Ferrari decided to install a similar engine in a road-going production model. While the decision to use a four-banger in a Ferrari might surprise you, the reasoning behind the change was solid: These engines would be able to produce more low-end torque than a V12 with the same displacement, giving the new Formula 2 cars an advantage on tight, twisty tracks where top-end speed was irrelevant. The theory was proven on the track, with Ferrari taking home the championship in both 1952 and 1953. That track success inspired the company to create a production four-cylinder model, and the 625 TF was born. Originally, a 2.5-litre engine were used, but all three models would soon be fitted with a larger version of that engine, possibly a 3.0-litre.
All of the Ferrari 625 TFs wore aluminium sheet metal designed by Vignale. One of the three models was designed as a coupe, although that particular vehicle was destroyed by a post-accident fire. The other two models were Spiders, with a large grille and rounded haunches giving the car a decidedly athletic look.
Ferrari 625 TFs Today
The only 625 TF known to be around today was originally raced by Mike Hawthorn and more recently has been known to enter the Mille Miglia on multiple occasions. This car was auctioned by Bonhams earlier this year, although the outcome of the sale was not publicised. Being such a rare model, we can assume that if a sale was finalized, there were probably several million pounds involved.