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  Ferrari 166 MM/53 Oblin Barchetta
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1953
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Martial Oblin
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 22, 2013
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Chassis: 0300M
Originally one of three Vignale Berlinettas built on the second generation 166 MM chassis, this example was bought new by Belgian amateur racer Jacques Herzet. He campaigned the car extensively throughout the 1953 season, winning the Liege-Rome-Liege rally with Lucien Bianchi. In 1954, Herzet entrusted the car to local coachbuilder Martial Oblin, who had previously clothed a Jaguar XK120 for him with a Touring Berlinetta style body. For the 166 MM, the Brussels based designer created a distinct Barchetta body, which was later updated slightly ahead of the 1955 Brussels Motor Show.

With the new body fitted, Herzet continued to race the car as prolific as he had done before. He entered the Liege-Rome-Liege rally again but this time failed to finish and also competed in the Reims 12 Hours and the Tour de France for the second year running. The day before the unique machine was shown at the Brussels Motor Show, Herzet had driven it to a class victory in the SAR Cup. The final competitive outing came in the fall of 1956 and soon after it was sold to a fellow Belgian. Halfway through the 1960s, it was sold to the United States where it has remained ever since.

The current owner acquired the Oblin Barchetta in the early 2010s and since then it has been restored to its 1955 Brussels Motor Show configuration and paintscheme. Following its restoration, it was first shown at the 2013 Cavallino Classic. Chassis 0300M's next major outing will be the Artcurial Retromobile Sale where it promises to be one of the stars of the auction.


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