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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1948 - 1950
Numbers built:37 (all 166 Inters)
Designed by:Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 21, 2008
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Chassis: 0071S
Featured is one of the very last 166 Inters produced and one of ten bodied by Alfredo Vignale using a Giovanni Michelotti design. A particularly interesting cue is the air intake created by an indentation in the nose. Chassis 0071 S was delivered to the Cerana Brothers in the spring of 1950. They did not race the car in any major events, but they were active in local events. Little over a year after receiving their Vignale Coupe, the brothers sent the car back to the Ferrari factory. Here the engine was enlarged to 2.3 litre and equipped with triple Weber carburetors to bring it up to the 170 bhp of the 195 S competition car.

After receiving its engine upgrades, the 166 / 195 S was sold to a Eduardo Lualdi, who was from the same town as the Cerana Brothers. He did not own the car long as he sold it Argentinian racing driver Carlos "Charlie" Menditeguy. Driving a Works entered Maserati 250 F, he scored a third place finish in his home Grand Prix at Buenos Aires in 1957. Like the Italian owners before him, Menditeguy, who was also a talented polo player, raced the Vignale Coupe in several minor events. He eventually sold the car to his compatriot Pablo Napoli. Painted blue and in original condition, the car was sold to the United States in the late 1970s.

It changed hands several times and finally ended up in the possession of historic racer Stephen Dudley. He added safety features like a fire extinguisher, carefully preserving the patina of the car. Even the windshield was still completely original. In this lovely condition, he raced the car for many years in all the major North American and European events ranging from the Cavallino Classic to the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. After owning the Vignale Coupe for over ten years he decided to part with it and he offered it at the 2008 Leggenda e Passione Auction where it sold for $517,000.


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2008 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2007 Cavallino Classic 2007 Cavallino Classic 2006 Le Mans Classic
2006 Le Mans Classic 2006 Le Mans Classic 2006 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2006 Monaco Historic Grand Prix
2006 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2006 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2005 Cavallino Classic 2005 Cavallino Classic
2005 Cavallino Classic 2005 Cavallino Classic 2004 Le Mans Classic 2004 Le Mans Classic

  Article Image gallery (16) 0071S Specifications