"Il cavalcata el toro"
"The Bull's Ride": José Froilán González's 1953 225 Sport Spider
One of the last known photos of the famed Argentinian drivers, José Froilán González and Juan Fangio together is of them in this very car (originally owned by Gonzalez) at the final Argentina Grand Prix (1998).
The González 1953 225 Sport Spider you see here in its resplendent and obligatory rosso corsa glory is a factory-modified version (to accommodate the “Pampas Bull” physique ) that was recently captured in an impromptu shoot at a Cars & Coffee event. It is one of only fourteen spiders bodied by Vignale to a Giovanni Michelotti design .
Evolving from the prior 212 Export the 225s launched the famed 3 liter Columbo V12. With its significant power increase (210hp courtesy of its 8.5:1 compresion, SOHC valvetrain three Weber 36DCF carbs) the 225s were campaigned in many races including 1952 Monaco Grand Prix for sports cars (where it scored its first victory), Portuguese Grand Prix, Coppa d'Oro di Sicilia, Coppa della Toscana, and Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti.
After 1953, the Ferrari 225 S was race on various race tracks with many accomplishments in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal and Italy through 1959.
The venerable Columbo V12 was mated with two different chassis types; a tubular spaceframe created of an elliptical-section steel tubes, and a tubular semi-monocoque called "Tuboscocca"—both of which retained the prior 2250mm/88.6” wheelbase and were designed and crafted by Gilberto Colombo's Gilco chassis specialist company.
The graceful body sports the signature Vignale triplet of oval ports on the front quarterpanels and an aggressive ‘egg crate’ grille. The custom-made body flows beautifully from its face to the cowl and the subsequent, very purposeful interior, beautifully swathed in fine Italian saddle-toned leather.
Driven to a local Cars & Coffee event (site of the very first such event in 2001) the morning light and setting provided for fortunate situation for a candid shoot of this most remarkable and historically significant stallion from the Ferrari stables.