1948→1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

To commemorate their first major success at the prestigious 1948 Mille Miglia, Ferrari upgraded their successful 166 Sport and made a series of cars called the 166 MM. These contributed more than any other previous type, scoring many of Ferrari’s first international victories and established the company as a serious manufacturer of sports cars.

For their new series, Ferrari outsourced production of the bodies to Touring of Milan who made 25 roadsters using their patented Superleggera technique. It fixed aluminum-alloy panels directly to a tubular space frame which was both light and rigid.

1948 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta Gallery

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In Detail

type Racing Car
production years 1948 – 1950
released at 1948 Turin Motor Show
built at Turin, Italy
body stylist Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni & Federico Formenti
coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring
engineers Aurelio Lampredi
production 33
predeccesor 1948 Ferrari 166 Sport
succeccesor 1950 Ferrari 166/195 S Le Mans Berlinetta
engine 60° V12
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum Alloy
valvetrain SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 3 Weber 32 DCF Carburetors
displacement 1995 cc / 121.7 in³
bore 60 mm / 2.36 in
stroke 58.8 mm / 2.31 in
compression 8.5:1
power 104.4 kw / 140.0 bhp @ 6600 rpm
specific output 70.18 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 215.38 bhp per tonne
torque 158.63 nm / 117 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
body / frame Aluminum Body over Steel Ladder-Type Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Hydrualic Drums
rear brakes Hydrualic Drums
steering Worm & Sector
f suspension Wishbones w/Transverse Leaf Spring, Hydraulic Dampers
r suspension Live Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Longitudinal Leaf Springs, Hydrualic Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 650 kg / 1433 lbs
wheelbase 2200 mm / 86.6 in
front track 1250 mm / 49.2 in
rear track 1200 mm / 47.2 in
length 3607 mm / 142.0 in
width 1524 mm / 60.0 in
height 1067 mm / 42.0 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
tran clutch Dry, Single-Plate
top speed ~170 kph / 105.57 mph
fuel capacity 90 litres or 23.76 gal.
race victories 1949 Mille Miglia

Auction Sales History

1948→1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

1948 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta 0038M – sold for $3,080,000 One of three 1950 Touring Barchettas originally built with one door. The 15th of 25 examples built. Finished 2nd overall at the 1950 Mille Miglia. Documented history by Marcel Massini. Numerous in-period 1st place finishes. Driven by Ascari, Chinetti, and Gonzales. Overwhelming provenance as an early factory racing 166 MM. Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions

1948→1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

1948 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta 0038M – sold for $3,080,000 One of three 1950 Touring Barchettas originally built with one door. The 15th of 25 examples built. Finished 2nd overall at the 1950 Mille Miglia. Documented history by Marcel Massini. Numerous in-period 1st place finishes. Driven by Ascari, Chinetti, and Gonzales. Overwhelming provenance as an early factory racing 166 MM. Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions

1948→1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta 0024M – sold for $1,870,000. Matching numbers. The tenth of only 25 166 MM Barchettas built. Rare combination of Lusso and competition specifications. 1949 Paris show car and successful racing history, including Mille Miglia.

As romances go, 0024 M would seem to have the whole package: noble birth, exciting youth, middle age and a rebirth in the hands of experts. Ferrari 166 MMs are among the most desirable Ferraris on the market, not only for their rarity but also their tremendous event potential. As offered, 0024 M would be an exciting entry at any vintage event in the world, not the least of which is the Mille Miglia Storica – an event in which this car participated, in period! Beautifully restored and complete with its original engine, this is a Ferrari worthy of the connoisseur’s close attention. Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions