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  Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1947 - 1948
Numbers built:8
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 19, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWhile the new cycle fender style of the third car would form the basis of the first 'production' Ferrari, work on the engine was not over yet. Yet again the bore and stroke were increased, but only slightly to 60 mm and 58.8 mm respectively. The resulting 166 engine displaced just under 2 litres, making it still eligible for the popular sports racing class in Italy. Equipped with this engine, the Turin winner received serial number 002C was renamed 166 Spyder Corsa and sold late in December of 1947. In 1948 another seven cars were constructed from existing and new parts along the lines of '002C' before a second generation of all new racing and street cars was introduced.

Enzo Ferrari could not have picked a worse time to start as a car manufacturer, but due to his determination and excellent management skills he succeeded where many others had failed in even the most ideal of circumstances. Little over two years after the very first Ferrari had turned a wheel in anger, Luigi Chinetti and Lord Selsdon drove a 166 MM to victory in the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The design Colombo had hastily drawn up in 1946 would continue to form the basis of much of Ferrari's racing and commercial success up into the 1960s, accounting for a vast majority of the manufacturer's class and overall victories at Le Mans.

It is not entirely clear what happened to the first two cars completed, but it is commonly believed both were rebuilt at the factory; 01C became 010I and 02C became 020I. The third car completed 002C still exists, but is fitted with a later engine and has been re-bodied several times. It has recently been restored to its original, Turin Grand Prix winning guise. With its engine dating back to 1946 and considering it still features its original chassis and body, Ferrari historians commonly refer to chassis 004C car as the oldest complete Ferrari in existence.

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