1950 Ferrari 166MM

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Barchetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0038M

The 166 MM would be considered the car that started it all, the legend that would become Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari had raced under the Scuderia Ferrari team name while he still worked with Alfa Romeo. However, following the end of the Second World War, F....[continue reading]

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Barchetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0050M

The 166 MM Touring Barchetta, a Ferrari masterpiece, still increase pulse rates fifty-five years later. It is the first Ferrari sports car; all previous cars were strictly for racing. Craftsmen welded a tubular frame with a 2,200 mm wheelbase to ha....[continue reading]

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Barchetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0054M
Gearbox Num: 20
Build Num: 3450

Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta Lusso with chassis number 0054M is a right hand drive vehicle which spent its early life being raced extensively. It was driven by Carlos Menditeguy at the Circuito de Playa Grande and Buenos Aires before being sent ....[continue reading]

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Barchetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0058M
Engine Num: 0058 M
Gearbox Num: 24

The 23rd Barchetta (0058M) was completed in June 1950 with one carburetor and a hood scoop. It was sold to the rising Italian racing great Eugenio Castellotti, who raced it in the 1951 Mille Miglia where he finished 6th in class and fiftieth overall.....[continue reading]

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Barchetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0068M

This is the last 166 MM Barchetta built (serial 0068M). It is also the first to have the rear 'moustaches' and brake lights moved to the tips of the rear fenders. It was completed in June 1950 and sent to Le Mans as a backup by the Ferrari time but w....[continue reading]

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Barchetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0044M

This Ferrari (serial number 0044M) was the 17th Barchetta completed in 1950, and it has the corsa interior. Nothing is known about the activities of this Barchetta in 1950, but it is known to have raced in the Mille Miglia in 1951 and 1952 and in sev....[continue reading]

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Berlinetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0046 M
Engine Num: 0046 M

Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, during the early days, was headed by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni. Their lightweight Superleggera construction was well suited to the sporting qualities of the 166 MM chassis. ....[continue reading]

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 0050M/308M

This Ferrari began life in May of 1953 wearing a Vignale Spyder body. It was crashed in September of 1953 and the chassis and engine were seriously damaged, and the body was completely destroyed. It originally wore chassis number 0308M before later b....[continue reading]

1950 Ferrari 166MM vehicle information

Uovo Coupe
Coachwork: Fontana

Chassis Num: 024 MB
Engine Num: 117

The early Ferrari vehicles evolved quickly out of necessity due to limited resources of the nascent commercial enterprise. The completed cars were often re-worked into later models and identities shifted to suit competition opportunities, utilizing t....[continue reading]

Barchetta by Touring
Chassis #: 0038M 
Barchetta by Touring
Chassis #: 0050M 
Barchetta by Touring
Chassis #: 0054M 
Barchetta by Touring
Chassis #: 0058M 
Barchetta by Touring
Chassis #: 0068M 
Barchetta by Touring
Chassis #: 0044M 
Berlinetta by Touring
Chassis #: 0046 M 
Spyder by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 0050M/308M 
Uovo Coupe by Fontana
Chassis #: 024 MB 

History

Clemente Biondetti and Count Igor Troubetzkoy won the Targa Florio on April 3rd of 1948, marking Ferrari's first major international win. The car was a closed Berlinetta Ferrari 166 and would later capture a victory at Italy's most important race, the Mille Miglia in 1948.

The Ferrari 166 was officially introduced at the Turin Salon in September of 1948. The body was courtesy of Touring utilizing the patented 'superleggera' technique. The alloy coachwork was well proportioned, covering the narrow tube skeleton structure. The frame consisted of an oval tube cross-section ladder with an X-shaped cross member. The short wheelbase car was given a Giacchino Colombo-designed V12, which would become the basic structure that would serve Ferrari road and race car for the next two decades.

In total, there were a mere 33 examples of the 166 MM produced between 1949 and 1951. Most of the 166 models were given Carrozzeria Touring coachwork in either Barchetta or Berlinetta forms. 26 were Barchettas and 7 were Berlinetta models. Of the seven Touring-bodied Berlinettas, only five were the Le Mans Berlinettas, named for Ferrari's victory at the 1949 24 Hours of Lemans in a 166MM.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
It was in 1948 when the newly formed Italian automobile company named Ferrari began selling a promising sports car named the 166. The two seater sports car featured a 12-cylinder engine mounted in the front and supplying over 100 horsepower to the rear wheels. The engine was just under two-liters in size and had a unitary displacement of 166 cc, thus, the evolution of the model name. Production would last until 1953 with only 38 examples being produced. Even though production was low, its accomplishments are large, with wins at LeMans, Mille Miglia, and the Targa Florio.

The 166 was a continuation of the 125, introduced a year earlier. The 125's size of 1497 cc was later enlarged to 1902cc, bringing about the Tipo 159. In 1948, it was enlarged to 1995 cc and became the 166.

As was customary at the time, a rolling chassis was supplied to custom coachbuilders to outfit the vehicles according to customer specifications and their intended purposes. The 166 MM was named after its historic victories at the Mille Miglia. The 166 MM versions were given even chassis numbers and built with racing intentions. The 166 Inter, named after victories at the Coppa Intereuropa at Monza, were given odd chassis numbers and became Ferrari's first road car.

The 166 Inter road cars featured a 2 liter, 12-cylinder Colombo engine producing about 115 horsepower. The engines were mounted longitudinally and given one Weber 32 DCF Carburetor. A five-speed manual gearbox provided power to the rear wheels while drum brakes provided the stopping power. Top speed was achieved at just over 105 mph. Zero-to-sixty took about ten seconds. The tubular frame was given a live-rear axle and a front wishbone suspension. When production began, Carrozzeria Touring was the primary coachbuilder, outfitting the cars in both Berlinetta and Coupe bodies. Later, other coachbuilders such as Pinin Farina, Ghia, Vignale, and others, produced bodies for the 166 Inter.

The phenomenal accomplishments achieved on the race track did much to stir enthusiasm for the cars. To generate even more publicity, in November of 1948, Ferrari displayed examples of his 166 MM and 166 Inter Coupe at the Turin Motor Show. Other shows included the Paris salon in October of 1950 and the Geneva Salons in March of 1951.

With just 38 examples created, the 166 Inter was replaced in 1950 by the 195 Inter. The 195 Inter came into existence by the enlargement of the engine to 2.3 liters. A year later the engine was enlarged to 212 cc and the name changed to 212 Inter. In 1952, after 142 examples were created, production ceased.

166 MM

The 166 MM was a competition version of the 166 Inter. It featured the same 12-cylinder engine, but modified to produce 135 horsepower. The suspension and chassis were similar to the 166 Inter. The bodies were lightweight, small, and built to endure the grueling requirements that racing requires. Initially, Ferrari intended the 166 MM to be a customer racing car. After a number of 166 MM models captured a large number of class and overall victories against stiff competition such as Maserati, Cistiralia, and Alfa Romeo, Ferrari commissioned the creation of the 166 MM as factory works cars.

Touring of Italy was commissioned to provide the coachwork for most of the 166 MM, and many were given Barchetta bodies. The name 'Barchetta' came about because of the size and design of the car. Barchetta in Italian means little boat.

Clemente Biondetti and Giuseppe Navone drove a 166 MM to overall victory at the Mille Miglia in 1948. A year later, Biondetti and Ettore Salani captured the victory at Mille Miglia in a 166 MM. Giannino Marzotto and Marco Crosara capture victory at Mille Miglia in 1950, driving a 166 chassis with a bigger 195 engine. In 1949 a Ferrari 166 MM, entered by Lord Selsdon and mostly driven by Luigi Chinetti, captured overall victory at Le Mans.

The 166 MM's were a powerful, reliable and competitive automobile. Their historic accomplishments are legendary and their designs are elegant, beautiful and breathtaking. VIN #002C, a 166 Spyder Corsa, is the oldest Ferrari car still in existence.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007

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