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Collectors Corner - Ferrari 625 TF


Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

Ferrari 625 TF Vignale Spyder, s/n 0304TF

 

The 625 TF was Ferrari’s “equal first” four cylinder sports racing car, built in a small series of three cars in 1953, on consecutive chassis numbers 0302, 0304 and 0306. This model is normally given the suffix TF for Targa Florio, but the official factory designation is 625 S for Sport. It featured a Lampredi designed 2.5 litre four cylinder twin overhead camshaft engine, with factory type # 735, developed from the 625 F1 unit, which in turn was a development of the successful 500 (2 litre) unit used in the world championship winning F2 monoposto cars in 1952 and 1953. All three examples had bodies by Vignale, 0302 being a berlinetta and the subsequent two cars being spiders, all with a body style similar to that used on the V12 engined 166 MM/53 and 250 MM models clothed by them. Of the three examples built, 0304 is the only known survivor.

The first racing appearance was as a works entry in the GP dell’ Autodromo at Monza in June 1953, when Mike Hawthorn took chassis # 0304 to 4th place. The other “equal first” four cylinder sports racing Ferrari made its debut in the same race, this being the 735 S model, which led the race until being involved in a crash whilst lapping a back marker.

» Ferrari 625 TF Register

Production Numbers

Vignale Spyder

2

0304TF, 0306TF

Vignale Berlinetta

1

0302TF

Total

3

 



Technical Specification

Engine

Straight 4, longitudinal, alloy block & cylinder heads

Timing Gear

2 valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts

Bore & Stroke

94.0 mm x 90.0 mm

Unitary Displacement

624.6 cc

Total Displacement

2498.4 cc

Compression Ratio

9.2:1

Maximum Power

220 bhp @ 6800 rpm

Transmission

Dry single plate clutch, 4 speed + reverse gearbox

Chassis

Elliptical-section steel tubes

Front Suspension

Independent with transverse leaf spring and hydraulic shock absorbers

Rear Suspension

Rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers

Wheelbase

2250 mm

Front Track

1278 mm

Rear Track

1250 mm

Kerb Weight

circa 800kg

Keith Bluemel