The Ferrari model wheelbase was stretched by 80 mm to 2,500 mm, but the larger 2.3 L (2341 cc/142 in³) version of the Colombo V12 Engine was the true differentiator. The engine dimensions’ increase was accomplished by pushing the bore from 60 to 65 mm, retaining the 58.8 mm stroke. A single Weber 36DCF carburetor was normally fitted, for a total output of 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) though some used triple carbs safer in that period.
Ferrari’s dedication to racing was funded both by private sales of racing cars and streetcars like the 195 Inter. It was essentially the second Ferrari model built for road-going use and was, in almost every aspect an upgraded 166 Inter. Like all very early Ferrari’s the 195 used a V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo that relied on technologies like Tony Vandervill’s Thin all bearings to achieve a reliably high speed of RPMs. The relatively small V12 engine was capable of high rpm and was unusually exotic in the early fifties.
The first 195 Inters appeared on at the 1950 Paris Motor Show. Ghia showed a white car with clean lines and a huge front radiator while Touring displayed a Berlinetta similar to the 166’s style, but with a noticeably longer wheelbase and body.
The 195 Inter wasn’t built as an out-and-out race car but some did compete in motorsport. Salvatore Ammendola raced 0117S and was a local expert at the Stella Alpina Rally, an event run over four days of the Italian mountain passes near Trento, Italy. Ranging between 700 and 900 miles, he won the event outright in 1951 with his 195 Inter. Later this car was raced in the Coppa Inter Europa at Monza and the 1951 Mille Miglia with respectable results.