The car pictured here is Ferrari 166 Inter #021S. 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. The Gioacchino Colombo-designed engines in these models had a twin distributor and coil ignition system and were fitted with a single twin choke carburettor as standard, although a triple set-up could be specified. The Ferrari sales literature of the time claimed a power output of 110 brake horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The model featured independent front suspension via a transverse leaf spring, wishbones and Houdaille lever-type hydraulic shock absorbers. At the rear there were semi-elliptic leaf springs and similar Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers. The brakes were hydraulic drum type to all four wheels, with a mechanical handbrake to the rear wheels.
Various coachbuilders were employed to clothe this chassis, all with their own interpretation of how they felt a Ferrari should be bodied. There were examples of coachwork from the houses of a.o. Touring, Bertone, Ghia, Stabilimenti Farina and Vignale.
Stabilimenti Farina provided coachwork for just ten Ferraris, of which nine were on 166 Inter models. Eight were bodied from scratch, one was a rebody. Three were cabriolets, which makes the example shown here one of only six Ferraris wearing this fastback body style by Stabilimenti Farina.
July 1949 Delivered by the factory to first owner A.I.C.A.R. S.r.l. (Agenzia Internazionale Commercio e Ricambi) domiciled in Milan, Italy (International Agency for Automobile and Spare Parts Trading), a company which was later renamed into WI.PU.CO. S.r.l.
July 27, 1949 Sold new to the first owner B. Bojiolo, resident in Milan, Italy
1949 Sold to Egildo Banfi, resident in Milan, Italy
1962 Exported from Italy and sold to Jim Rich, resident in Houston,TX/USA
1964 Owned by somebody in Oklahoma, USA
1965 Sold to P. G. Palumbo, resident in Ascot, England
Registered on English license plates "RRX 700 F"
1991 Still owned by Palumbo - Now registered on English license plates "TYP 166"
May 6, 1991 For sale at the Sotheby's auction in Monaco, Lot #316, estimated price French Francs FF 1'100'000 to French Francs FF 1'500'000, highest bid was US$ 120'000, not sold
February 22, 1996 For sale at the Brooks auction at Olympia, London, England, sold for GB Pounds 64'200
March 1996 Sold to John Collins' Talacrest Ltd., Egham, England
April 1997 Color featured in the English magazine "Classic & Sportscar"
February 1998 For sale by Talacrest Ltd., England, asking price US$ 199'000
March 1998 Sold by Talacrest to Massimo Rossi
Registered on Swiss license plates "VD 40862"
May 25-28, 2000 Driven in the Mille Miglia by Rossi and co-driver Costa on race #158
May 6-9, 2004 Driven in the Mille Miglia by Sunden-Sunden on race #365
January 2015 Bought by John Collins Talacrest Ltd
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