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Ferrari 159 S

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Ferrari 159 S
Manufacturer Ferrari
Class Sports car
Layout FR layout
Production 1947
2 produced
Predecessor Ferrari 125 S
Successor Ferrari 166 S
Engine 1.9 L (1903 cc) Colombo V12
Designer Gioacchino Colombo


The 159 S was designed to be the successor to Ferrari's first vehicle, the 125. Unlike its predecessor, which won six of 14 races earlier in 1947, the 159 had a short racing life and was quickly replaced by the 166 SC for the following racing season.

Like the 125, the 159 used a steel tube-frame chassis with longitudinal and cross members and had a double wishbone suspension with transverse leaf springs in front with a live axle in the rear. However, Gioacchino Colombo's V12 engine was enlarged from 1.5 L (1497 cc/91 in³) in the 125 to 1.9 L (1903 cc/116 in³) for the 159. This engine produced 125 hp (93 kW) at 7,000 rpm, retaining the three double-choke Weber 30DCF carburettors of its predecessor. Both cars sported five-speed manual transmissions and retained the Fiat tradition of mounting the engine in-block with the gearbox.

Examples

Two 159s were built, numbered 03C and 04C. The oldest Ferrari car still in existence with an undisputed pedigree is a 166 Spyder Corsa number 002C, which was originally a 159 and is currently owned and driven by James Glickenhaus.

Racing

The 159 S debuted on August 15, 1947 at the Circuito di Pescara with the company's driver, Franco Cortese. Although it led overall for a time, the class-winning 159 S eventually fell behind the Stanguellini of Vincenzo Auricchio. Like the 125, the 159 S was unable to beat Maserati's 6CS 1500 for much of the rest of the 1947 season. However, at the Turin Grand Prix on October 12, the car was able to shine, with French driver Raymond Sommer claiming overall victory in the single 159 S entered.


Ferrari timeline, 1948-1967 Ferrari road car timeline 1960s-1990s >
Type 1940s 1950s 1960s
7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sports 125 S 166 S+166 SC 195 S 212 Exp 225 S 250 MM 250 Monza 250 GT Tour de France 250 GT SWB 250 GTO 250 LM
159 S 250 S 250 Export
GT 166 Inter 195 Inter 212 Inter 250 Europa 250 GT Europa 250 GT Boano 250 GT Ellena 250 GT Coupe PF 250 GT Lusso 330 GTC 365 GTC
275 GTB 275 GTB/4
Spyder/Cabriolet 250 GT 275 GTS 330 GTS 365 GTS
2 plus 2 250 GT/E 330 GT 365 GT
America 340 375 America/MM 410 Superamerica 400 Superamerica 500 Superfast 365 California