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Touring Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta #043S 1950
Touring Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta #043S 1950
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 Touring Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe & Berlinetta

The Ferrari 166 Inter model was the road version of the sports racing model, produced between 1948 and 1950 and comprising thirty-seven examples, which carried chassis numbers in the odd number road car sequence between 007 S and 0079 S. Various coachbuilders were employed, all with their own interpretation of how they felt a Ferrari should be clothed. Apart from Carrozzeria Touring, which bodied the first 166 Sport coupé for the 1948 Turin Salon, there were also examples of coachwork from the houses of Bertone, Ghia, Stabilimenti Farina and Vignale.

The Carrozzeria Touring examples were the most popular and bore a strong family resemblance to the style of the coachbuilder's Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, albeit on a longer wheelbase chassis and with a smoothly curved coupé or berlinetta body. At this time virtually every car was unique and there would frequently be numerous detail differences, perhaps in the radiator grille design or lighting layout, between one car and another from the same coachbuilder. Although the Inter series models were built as road cars, numerous owners used them in competition, and they acquitted themselves well, despite the slightly heavier bodies and full interior trim.

The mechanical layout on a longer wheelbase chassis was virtually identical to the competition 166 MM models, with a two-litre V-12 engine coupled to a five speed gearbox driving through a rigid rear axle. The "166" in the model designation referred to the swept volume of a single cylinder in cubic centimetres, with all 12 adding up to 1,992 cc, or nearly two litres. 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 bhp at 6000 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. These were the only road production Ferraris of the period available with steel disc-type CABO road wheels as an alternative to the more popular and sporting wire wheels. In either instance they had a Rudge-type splined hub, sometimes under a chrome hub cap on the disc wheels.

Touring Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta #043S

This Ferrari 166 Inter, chassis #043S, carries a Berlinetta bodywork by Milan's Carrozzeria Touring. Its early history beginns 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.

It was later exported from Italy to the United States. Ron Pinto of Rancho Palos Verdes, California owned #043S in the 1980s. On August 23, 1984, Mr. Pinto showed it during the International Ferrari Concours at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California before Lyle Tanner purchased the car in 1986. The following year Henk P. C. Van de Meene of The Netherlands acquired #043S. At that time, it was reported to have been finished in red with a brown wool cloth and tan leather interior, registered on Dutch license plates 'SF-67-GF'. Mr. Van de Meene was an enthusiastic owner of #043S, having shown it at the Ferrari Club Nederland meeting at Zandvoort in October 1987, followed by an appearance at the '40 Years of Ferrari' show at Rosmalen, Holland. On June 29, 1991, Mr. Van de Meene and #043S attended the inaugural Italia a Zandvoort meeting.

In July 2008, it was shown at the Ferrari Owners Club England Annual Concours. In September of that year #043S was displayed at the Goodwood Revival Meeting, owned by Danny Donovan. The latest owner acquired the car in 2009 in fully restored condition, featuring a dark blue exterior and brown leather/tan cloth upholstery. In 2010 it was put up for auction by RM Auctions.  



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