I’ve heard rumors of someone going to post lots of Ferraris in November so why don’t I join in on the fun for today’s Spaghetti Sunday entry to show you what started it all for Maranello.
The 166 MM was a competition version of the 166 Inter. Which was actually Ferrari’s first car sold to the public for use on the road. The MM featured the same 12-cylinder engine. And many of you probably know this: initially those numbers Ferrari named it’s cars with told you what capacity one cylinder had. So for the 166MM: 166cc * 12 = 1992 cc. A 2-liter V12!
And if you think that’s one tiny V12, know that the Colombo V12 also was in the Ferrari 125S racer before the 166 was introduced. Indeed: That makes a 1500cc V12 engine.
Of the 166 Inter only 39 have been made. Enzo had to to finance his racing-team. As it was the era of coachbuilding none of the 166 Inters is the same, Carrozzeria Touring made most of the 39 166’s: 21 Touring-Coupés. But Stabilimenti Farina (4 Coupés and 3 convertibles), Vignale (9), Ghia (1) and Bertone (1) all made a 166 Inter.
And you know what is so amazing? The fact that of the competition-car, the 166MM displayed here, more units were produced than of it’s road-going sibling: 46. Again most by Touring (both Barchettas and Berlinettas).
So to make it a competitive car Ferrari modified the engine to produce 135 horsepower. Although some sources say it was 125. Or 140. And later on 160. Again: with this little production numbers no car was the same anyway. The bodies were lightweight, small, and built to endure the grueling requirements that racing requires. And successful it was.
It’s first race was in 1949 at the Targa Florio. In which the 166MM failed. After this it competed in the 1949 Mille Miglia. And it won. Guess where those 2 M’s in it’s name came from (Ferrari had won the prior 1948 MM already although that was with the 166S)... And it wasn’t just local success as the 1949 24 heures du Mans was won by an Anglo-American entered 166MM as well.
And it raced for a decade. It’s last win was in Roskilde (Denmark) in 1957, the last race it entered was the 1959 Grand Prix de Leopoldville. Fun fact is that initially Ferrari had intended the 166 MM to be a customer racing car. But after all those class and overall victories against stiff competition such as Maserati, Cistiralia, and Alfa Romeo, Ferrari commissioned the creation of the 166 MM as factory works cars.
So, that’s it for today’s lecture. The model is a 1/43 from the Italian company ArtModel. Fellow LaLD’er 13 showed a few ArtModels a while back and as I’m a big fan of the 166MM I just had to find one. And now I need more. A Barchetta for instance. For those who want to see a 1:1: there’s a Barchetta in the Le Musée des 24 Heures at Le Mans.
For those who wonder why the ArtModel Ferrari with Torino-registration is a RHD: In the ‘50’s it was just fashionable to have a RHD car. Don’t ask why, many ‘50’s Ferraris are RHD.
Ciao tutti! Dio mio, mi ama l’Italia! Quindi spero di vedere più Ferraris!!!