FERRARI 250 EUROPA GT
Country Of Manufacture: Italy Vin
Model Type: 2 Door Coupe
Body Designer: Pinin Farina
Engine: Ferrari Colombo V12 (2951.21cc)
Horsepower: 220 bhp at 7000 rpm
Torque: 195 lb. ft
Transmission: Ferrari 4-speed
Front- Independent, unequal A arms, coil springs, Houdaille
shock absorbers, anti roll bar.
Rear- Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, Houdaille shock
absorbers, and four trailing arms.
Front- Drum, hydraulic
Rear- Drum, hydraulic
Top Speed: 130 mph
History: Two series of Europas were built and
though very similar in outward appearances, in reality they
were distinctly different from one another. The second series
Europa known as the Europa GT is generally conceded to be
the first production Ferrari. These second series cars were
built on a shortened wheelbase (2600cm Vs 2800cm) making for
a lighter, more compact and elegant package. This shortened
wheelbase was made possible by substituting the lighter, short
block Colombo engine in place of the heavier, long block Lampredi
engine. Horsepower output for the two engines was identical.
The front suspension was extensively revised by replacing
the transverse leaf front suspension with a more modern coil
spring arrangement. Ferrari also rearranged the tubing on
the frame, running the rear main tubes, big massive affairs,
up and over the rear axles instead of underneath. These and
other details found in the Europa GT created a car of noticeably
superior handling, and it gave an entirely new character to
the Europa series.
Production: There were 35 Europa GTs built. The
first car, chassis # 0357 was introduced at the Paris Salon
in 1954 and the last car, the car shown here, chassis # 0427,
was shown at the Brussels Auto Show in January 1956. This
car has limited European race history.
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