The 166 was the culmination of Ferrari's early racing and development. It achieved unprecedented competition successes that formed the foundation of the Ferrari legend.
The original 1 1/2 liter Ferrari 125 V12 was successful but postwar racing regulations soon adopted a two liter limit for Formula 2. Ferrari increased the 125's 55x52.5mm bore and stroke to 60mm bore and 58.8mm stroke, bringing the Ferrari V12 to nearly the optimum two-liter displacement: 166.25 cc per cylinder, 1,995 cc in all.
First produced for Scuderia Ferrari with cycle fendered Spider Corsa bodies adaptable to both Formula 2 and sports car competition, Ferrari also built two long wheelbase (2620mm) 166 Sports, one of which was this Spyder by Allemano.
In november 1947, Count Bruno Sterzi became the first private owner of a Ferrari: the Allemano bodied 166 Spyder Corsa #001S. This car was raced by equipes Clemente Biondetti / Igor Troubetskoy and Bruno Sterzi / Nando Righetti. In 1950 it was sold to Baron Stefano La Motta, Sicily and was also raced by equipe Stefano La Motta / Gino Alterio.
In 1951 Baron Stefano La Motta was killed. After the crash the car was destroyed and scrapped.
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