The car pictured here is Ferrari 166 Inter #063S. 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 and here you see one of them: #063S.
Ferrari 166 Inter Farina #063S was the 1950 Paris Motor Show car. Later owned by Emmanuel de Graffenried (Lausanne, CH), Rob de la Rive Box (Villmergen, CH) and Bernard Worth (UK). This car has a very sad history. She was once rescued from a scrapyard and rebodied in late '60s into a 166 Spyder Corsa with Cycle Wings. The original engine was replaced by the engine from the Vignale 166 Inter #059S. Later an unknown 250GT engine was installed and it also appeared to use an unknown 212-engine.
The chassis is now fitted with a replica Barchetta body in Touring style. The original Stabilimenti Farina body has been lying in poor condition in the backyard of Donald Nelson in the '80s. Eventually it turned out the body could not be restored anymore and it was scrapped...
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