|Ferrari 159 S|
|aka|| 159 |
|Production||1947 (2 produced)|
|Body Style||Single or two-seater sports saloon|
|Length||3350 mm (131.8 in)|
|Width||1470 mm (57.9 in)|
|Height||1120 mm (44.1 in)|
|Wheelbase||2420 mm (95.3 in)|
|Weight||750 kg (1654 lb)|
|Transmission||5-speed, Rear-wheel drive|
|Engine||1.9L Colombo V12 (60°)|
|Power||125 bhp @ 7000 rpm|
The 159 S was designed to be the successor to Ferrari's first vehicle, the 125. Unlike its predecessor, which won six of 14 races earlier in 1947, the 159 had a short racing life and was quickly converted into the 166 SC for the following racing season.
Like the 125, the 159 used a steel tube-frame chassis with longitudinal and cross members and had a double wishbone suspension with transverse leaf springs in front with a live axle in the rear. However, Gioacchino Colombo's V12 engine was enlarged from 1.5 L (1497 cc/91 in³) in the 125 to 1.9 L (1903 cc/116 in³) for the 159. This engine produced 125 hp (93 kW) at 7,000 rpm, retaining the three double-choke Weber 30DCF carburettors of its predecessor. Both cars sported five-speed manual transmissions and retained the Fiat tradition of mounting the engine in-block with the gearbox or transmission.