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  Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta Speciale
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1948 - 1950
Numbers built:25 (all barchettas)
Introduced at:1948 Turin Motor Show
Designed by:Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni for Touring
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 05, 2007
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Chassis: 0052M
Pictured is one of the most exciting barn-finds of recent years; Ferrari 166 MM, s/n 0052 M. Although it was never really lost, it was hidden from the public eye for almost fifty years. It finally reappeared in the September/October 2006 issue of Cavallino Magazine, some two years after the first contact was made with the late owner's relatives. Symbolic Motorsport brokered a deal for the current owner and the highly original machine left the Arizona desert and entered his stable early in 2006. In the following months he started to take the car apart for a mechanical rebuild, carefully preserving the car's patina.

During the disassembling process of the engine he made some very interesting discoveries; it was no ordinary 166 MM, but in fact the slightly different Formula 2 engine. The first major clue was the gear drive for the camshafts instead of the usual chain drive. The engine stampings also suggested it was built in the same batch as the engines fitted to the two-litre F2 racers. It was the very first 166 MM to feature this type of engine and the matching numbers suggest it was fitted with it from its conception in 1950. It is now believed that 0052 M was in fact a factory experimental machine.

In the meantime marque expert Marcel Massini spent many hours in his archive to compare old pictures to get a clear view on the unique machine's competition history. He discovered it was raced at Le Mans in 1950 by the 1949 winner Lord Selsdon and a new co-driver Jean Lucas. An accident at Tertre Rouge meant a premature end for the Ferrari. During the next few years, it was actively raced in Europe with considerable success. Recognizable by its large hood scoop and red brake drums, it was also most likely also featured in the Touring 166 MM brochure. Its racing career ended in 1955 and it subsequently changed hands various times before being sold to a Californian in 1959, who rarely drove it. The 166 MM eventually ended up in the hands of an Arizonian who stored the car for the next forty-five years.

After its front-page magazine feature, the original and special 166 MM was first shown in public at the 2007 Cavallino Classis were the 166 MM model was one of the featured themes. The owner briefly drove his 166 MM on the Moroso track, before showing it on the concours field in front of the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Courtesy of the mechanical, the owner told us that 0052 M now yields the best of both worlds: the highly original look and feel, while it drives like new.

During the car's stay in Florida, our photographer Rob Clements caught up with the oldest original Ferrari racing car and its very proud owner to capture every little detail. Despite the very un-Florida weather, the above gallery shows he succeeded very well. We would like to thank the owner for his help with the shoot and his patience in answering all our questions.


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