Between 1953 and 1964, the Ferrari 250 series of grand tourists and sports cars was enjoying an unprecedented success for the company’s early years. With different variants throughout the years, ranging from those intended for road use all the way to those meant for car racing, the Ferrari 250 line replaced the Ferrari 275 and 330 series featured a 3.0 liter Colombo V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo.
Most of the road car models in the Ferrari 250 series share the same two wheelbases: 2,400 mm short wheelbase, and a 2,600 mm long wheelbase. Almost all of the units used the same engine, a 180 cubic inch Colombo Tipo 125 V122, which was characterized by its light weight and remarkable 300 PS output. It was this light engine that allowed the Ferrari 250 several victories in the racing world.
The Ferrari 250 S Berlinetta was the first Ferrari 250 model, which was first introduced in the Mille Miglia of 1952. The model left behind a significant impact on the race, for even though the Mercedes-Benz racers in the Mille Miglia were faster on straight long runs, the Ferrari model made up significant ground in the curves and hills to eventually win the race.