1949 Ferrari 166 Inter

During World War II, Enzo Ferrari was busy planning a new car. After the war, he commissioned Gioacchino Colombo to design a small-capacity V12 engine to provide the power. The result was a 1.5-liter Tipo 125 (named for its capacity of an individual cylinder - 125cc). The Ferrari 125 sport-racer made its competition debut in 1947 and by mid-season had been re-designated Tipo 159, after its engine had been enlarged to 1.9 liters. A short time later, the Tipo 166 (2.0-liter) was introduced. It offered 150 horsepower in race configuration while the road-going 'Inter' versions had a single twin-choke Weber carburetor and had 100 horsepower. It had a five-speed gearbox, twin-tube chassis, transverse leaf and double wishbone front suspension, and a semi-elliptically sprung live rear axle located by torsional stabilizing bars. Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers were fitted at all four wheels.

The Ferrari Tipo 166 would become a dominant force in international sports car racing. In 1949, they claimed victory in three of the world's most prestigious events, including the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Le Mans 24-Hour Race.

Although sources differ with regard to the exact number produced, fewer than 40 examples of the Tipo 166 Inters were made. Most sources agree that around 38 Inters were built between 1948 and 1961, plus around 46 examples of the 166MM, in various body styles created by various coachbuilders. Coachwork was provided by several of Italy's foremost carrozzeria, including Vignale and Touring who were responsible for the bulk of production.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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Clemente Biondetti and Count Igor Troubetzkoy won the Targa Florio on April 3rd of 1948, marking Ferraris first major international win. The car was a closed Berlinetta Ferrari 166 and would later capture a victory at Italys 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....
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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....
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1949 Vehicle Profiles

1949 Ferrari 166 Inter vehicle information

Berlinetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 015 S

Between 1948 and 1951, Ferrari sold around 38 Inters, plus around 46 examples of the 166MM, in various body styles created by several coach builders. The Inter's were road-going vehicle while the MM versions were the racing variants. ....[continue reading]

1949 Ferrari 166 Inter vehicle information

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Farina

Chassis Num: 011S

This 166 Inter Cabriolet with coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina was the 1949 Geneva Show Car. Its first owner was Roberto Rossellini. In 1984 it was acquired by Robert M. Lee. ....[continue reading]

Berlinetta by Touring
Chassis #: 015 S 
Cabriolet by Farina
Chassis #: 011S 


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