Touring built less than 20 Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinettas in 1950 and this example, 0047S, is possibly one of two that were shown at the Turin Motor Show that year. It is also thought to be the first Touring bodied car to be fitted with an Aerlux sunshine roof. Its first owner was an engineer called Luigi Pomini from Varese and during his ownership the car was returned to Ferrari to be fitted with the triple Weber carburetors that it still has today. Its second owner took the Ferrari with him to live in Morocco but sadly the climate or the roads did not agree with the car and 0047S was abandoned when he returned to Italy. It was later acquired by a U.S. Air Force officer and shipped to Omaha, Nebraska in the late 1950s and has been in America ever since.
The wonderful example offered here, chassis 043S carries bodywork by Milan’s Carrozzeria Touring. Its early history is particularly interesting, beginning on May 4 through May 14, 1950, when it was shown at the XXXII Turin Motor Show. In July of that year, 043S was delivered by the factory to its first owner, A.I.C.A.R. S.r.l. of Milan, Italy, whose acronym translates to the International Agency for Automobile and Spare Parts Trading. It was then re-sold by A.I.C.A.R. to the first private owner, one Mr. Moretti of Milan, Italy.
The current owner and Ferrari enthusiast bought chassis no. 037 S in 2000 and has maintained it regardless of expense, using it regularly in touring events. He has displayed it at a number of Ferrari gatherings and concours in Europe, including the prestigious Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza on the shores of Lake Como in Italy (2008).
Replica Coachwork in the Style of Touring. The construction and restoration work of the car has been fully photo documented will be available to preview at the auction site. As you will see on inspection, the bodywork is spectacular in its execution. The color combination of ivory and blue is keyed to the colors of the Touring emblem and the blue seats nicely complement the ivory paint. The engine compartment appears to be freshly restored with every period detail evident. Titled and licensed in California, this Ferrari offers the opportunity to experience an almost-new 1950 model. It is reported to start instantly with a free-revving engine that is said to put out no smoke at idle or under load.
The example offered here, chassis no. 017 S, was the sixth car in the series by chassis number and the fourth produced with coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. Chassis no. 017 S was sold new through Franco Cornacchia of Scuderia Guastalla fame in Milan, to the Cerana brothers of Busto Arsizio, Italy. It is not known how long they kept the car, but it is recorded as having been imported to Switzerland in June 1958, where it is believed to have remained with two owners until it was bought by the current owner in December 2000. Whilst in its last Swiss ownership it was run three times in the Historic Mille Miglia, underwent a full restoration and in 1997 had the engine and gearbox overhauled and rebuilt by Costantini in Zürich, Switzerland. Mr. Schermerhorn has maintained it regardless of expense and has used it regularly in touring events and displayed it at a number of Ferrari events and concours in Europe.