In the early years, the lifeblood of Ferrari was competition. Road-going versions of the competition sports cars were built and sold to support Ferrari's racing effort. Ferrari's competition teeth were cut along with their continuous progress of the small-displacement V12, engineered by Gioachino Colombo, the first of which was deployed in 1947 as the 125S. At 1,500 cc the power produced was considered extraordinary for its day and size, and quickly cemented Ferrari's reputation for technical sophistication. A progression of even larger engines were developed based on this original design, with many types attaining impressive racing victories, notably the 166MM and 212 Export.
A larger-displacement, more powerful version of the 212 Export competition model was introduced in 1952, christened the 225 "Sport", following the long time Ferrari practice of naming their models consistent with the displacement of a single cylinder. In the case of the 225S, with its 12 cylinders, that translated to 2.7 litres overall.
All Ferraris of the early era were coachbuilt by various design houses and none were more distinctive than those styled by Vignale. Virtually no two Vignale-bodied Ferraris are precisely alike and the six 225S berlinettas were no exception.
Enzo Ferrari and Alfredo Vignale shared a consuming passion for their work, each insisting upon final approval of even the most seemingly insignificant details. Among the individual designers working at Carrozzeria Vignale was the young stylist Giovanni Michelotti. Michelotti was to enjoy a brilliant career and is regarded today as the father of the trademark ovoid "egg crate"-type Ferrari grille that has signified Ferrari DNA for years to come.
This Ferrari 225S, chassis 0168ED, is one of the six competition berlinettas built. It features the unmistakable ovoid egg crate grille as well as the desirable triple oval, chrome-ringed 'portholes' on the front fenders as well as other eye-catching Vignale/Michelotti touches.
After being delivered to his Roman owner from July 25, 1952, 0168ED was re-attained by the factory in November of that year and promptly sold and exported to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York, USA. Chinetti sold the car to brothers Peter S. and Robert Yung of New York who intended to race 0168ED. In the hands of its privateer owners, 0168ED debuted on American circuits at the second annual 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1953, remarkably finishing in 8th position overall, taking a 2nd in class. In May of that year, the car placed 4th overall at Bridgehampton.
From the Yungs, it was sold to Santiago Gonzales of Cuba, whereupon he achieved a remarkable First Place in the Cuban Grand Prix Sport, held in Havana in October of 1955. From Cuba the car was sold back to Robert Andinolfi of Los Angeles in 1957, landing in California where it has remained through the present day. During the 1960s the car had another California owner, Jerry Curion.
Its most recent owner, Donald R. Wasserman of San Francisco, who acquired the car in 1971 from a referral by noted Ferrariste and author Richard F. Merritt. As an avid historic racer, motorcyclist and even winery operator, Wasserman was a founding board member of the CSRG, one of the oldest vintage motorsport clubs in the country. By this time, 0168ED, like so many old racing Ferraris, had been fitted with a Corvette V8 and was in need of a comprehensive restoration. Wasserman embarked on a full restoration in 1974, which took five years to complete. During this process, an early Ferrari 250 GT engine was acquired. The original engine of 0168ED is installed in a 166MM Spider Scaglietti. Wasserman campaigned 0168ED in vintage racing events on several occasions in the 1980s, including the Monterey Historics in 1980 and 1984, and the Mexican road race "La Carrera Classic" in 1986. Mr. Wasserman passed away in December 2008.
In August 2009 the car was sold by RM Auctions for $781,000.- to Tom Shaugnessy of San Clemente, USA, who immediately brought her back to her original self by adding the missing chrome trim and fog lights.
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