Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe

At the 1948 Turin Motor Show, Ferrari displayed two cars, the 166 Mille Miglia Barchetta and the 166 Inter Coupe, so named to commemorate the racing victories earned by Scuderia Inter. To Ferrari enthusiasts, the 166 Inter remains particularly significant as the first road-going sports/GT car of the storied marque. It was produced between 1948 and 1953, with the series comprising just 37 examples, which carried chassis numbers in the odd-number Ferrari road-car sequence between 007 S and 0079 S.

Various coachbuilders provided their unique interpretations of how they felt a Ferrari should be clothed. Apart from Milan’s Carrozzeria Touring, which bodied the first 166 Sport coupe for the 1948 Turin Salon, coachwork was produced for the 166 Inter by such renowned firms as Bertone, Ghia, Stabilimenti Farina and Vignale.

The examples bodied by Carrozzeria Touring were the most popular, bearing a strong familial resemblance to the style of the coachbuilder’s Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, albeit on a longer-wheelbase chassis and with smoothly-curved coupe or berlinetta bodywork. At this time, virtually every car was unique, as there are frequently numerous detail differences among them from the same coachbuilder. Although the 166 Inter was a road car from the outset, numerous owners also used them in competition, where they acquitted themselves quite well despite their slightly heavier bodies and fully trimmed interiors.

The mechanical layout on the longer-wheelbase chassis was virtually identical to that of the competition 166 MM models, with a two-liter V-12 engine coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox driving through a rigid or live rear axle. The “166” in the model designation referred to the swept volume of a single cylinder in cubic centimeters, with all 12 adding up to 1,992 cc or nearly two liters. The Colombo-designed engines in these models utilized twin camshaft nose-driven Marelli distributors and were fitted with a single twin-choke carburetor as standard, although triple carburetors were also available. Period Ferrari sales literature claimed a power output of 110 bhp at 6,000 rpm.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

1,995 cc, all-alloy V-12 engine with triple Weber dual-choke carburetors, single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, Houdaille lever-arm shock absorbers front and rear, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 95.25".

Source: RM Auctions

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