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General data  
Year/s of production 1951 – 53
Presentation Turin Motor Show 1951, S/N 0076 E
VIN span 0070 M –  0214 E
Number produced 25
Design Touring, Vignale, Motto, Fontana
Manufactured by Touring, Vignale, Motto, Fontana
   
Technical specifications  
Chassis 212E – Steel tubular frame
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase 2200 mm and 2250 mm
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension, double wishbones, transverse leaf springs, Houdaille shock absorbers
Rear suspension Rigid axle, longitudinal leaf springs, double trailing links, Houdaille shock absorbers
Front track 1270 mm
Rear track 1250 mm
Front tyres 5.90 x 15 in., Borrani wheels with wired spokes and central locking
Rear tyres 5.90 x 15 in., Borrani wheels with wired spokes and central locking
Front brakes Hydraulically operated drum brakes
Rear brakes Hydraulically operated drum brakes
Kerb weight Approx. 800 – 900 kg
Body material Aluminium
Body type Berlinetta, Cabriolet, Barchetta or Spider – in each case with two seats
   
Engine  
Type 212E – Colombo front engine
Number of cylinders V12 – 60°
Displacement 2562,51 ccm
Bore and stroke 68 x 58,8 mm
Camshaft 1 overhead per cylinder bank
Valves 2 per cylinder
Compression ratio 7,5 – 8,5:1
Ignition Magneto ignition, 2 ignition distributors
Lubrication Wet sump lubrication
Maximum power Approx. 150 – 170 hp – 6.500 – 7.000 rpm
Maximum torque Approx. 206 Nm (21 m/kg)
Carburettor 1 Weber carburettor, type 36 DCF or 3 Weber carburettors, type 36 DCF or 3 Weber carburettors, type 38 DCF
Gearbox 5 gears + rev.
   
Performance  
Top speed Approx. 180 – 200 km/h
   
VINs All right hand drive
  Vignale Coupé or Berlinetta: 0080 E, 0092 E, 0096 E, 0098 E, 0128 E, 146 E
  Vignale Spider: 0076 E, 0090 E
  Vignale Cabriolet: 0106 E, 0110 E
  Motto Berlinetta: 0074 E
  Motto Spider: 0094 E
  Touring Barchetta: 0078 E, 0084 E, 0100 E, 0102 E, 0104 ED, 0134 E, 0136 E, 0158 ED
  Touring Coupé or Berlinetta: 0088 E, 0108 E, 0112 E, 0141 T
  Fontana Spider: 0086 E

 

Good to know:

  • S/N 0102 E: Changed to „ Burrano Spyder“ 1954 by Autodromo. Used in the movie „The Racers”
  • S/N 0086 E: Begun live as „normal“ Vignale Spyder in 1951. Later converted into Station Wagon to be used as service car for the Carrera Panamericana. Later changed again into Spyder by Carrozzeria Fontana.

 

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