The 166/53 is a functional looking Ferrari that is small in stature. After the Second World War the ‘smaller’ racing classes were extremely popular in Italy. One of the dominant chassis of the day, was the newly designed Ferrari 166 MM. Powered by a two litre V12 engine, it took on the competition from Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Fiat. Both Touring and Vignale offered coachworks designed to be fitted on Ferrari’s two-litre racer. In 1953 Scuderia Guastalla’s driver Giulio Musitella took delivery of a 166 MM (s/n 0262M), set to receive a Vignale body. Not satisfied with the weight of his new racer, Musitella commisioned Carlo Abarth to design and fit a new body.