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  Ferrari 166 Fontana Spyder Corsa
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1948
Numbers built:8
Designed by:Fontana
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:June 08, 2012
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Chassis: 012I
Completed in the spring of 1948, chassis 012I was one of the Spyder Corsas and the ninth Ferrari built. It was raced extensively by the Scuderia Ferrari with considerable success on road courses and hill climbs. At the end of the year the car was sold to Giovanni Bracco, who campaigned it in 1949, scoring victories in several hill climbs. Vittorio Marzotto was the next owner, and like most Ferraris owned by the Sicilian family, he had chassis 012I re-bodied by Fontana. The small coach-builder fitted the Ferrari chassis with a Touring-inspired 'Barchetta' body.

Giannino Marzotto entered the newly clothed car in the Targa Florio, where he retired to save the life of a friend and fellow competitor, as well as in the Mille Miglia where he placed ninth overall and sixth in class. Fontana was called in again at the end of the year and modified the body with a fastback hard-top roof. It is believed that the car was raced as late as 1955 before it was stored in a garage in Rome. The 166 Spyder Corsa resurfaced in the early 1970s and since then has past through various hands. During the 1990s, it was acquired by an American, who had it meticulously restored by Phil Reilly & Co. The work was finally completed in January of 2012. Fitted with a 166 F2 engine, chassis 012I was soon after offered by RM Auctions in their Monaco sale, where it changed hands for just over EUR 1 million.


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