Ferrari maintains a preferred cooperation with Carrozzeria Touring which offers its patented Superleggera technology much ahead of its time. Touring equips a significant proportion of the 166 either with an open two-seater body that will be named Barchetta or as a coupe frequently referred as Berlinetta.
The history of these first competition cars by Ferrari is rich in modifications of all kinds, to accompany the progress of the models and also unfortunately to compensate for accidents or breakdowns.
On March 11 in Amelia Island, RM Sotheby's sells a Ferrari 166 MM made in 1950 and bodied in barchetta by Touring, lot 278 estimated $ 8M. This car that entered the Mille Miglia in 1951 and 1953 remains in a sensational state of authenticity including its original barchetta body. The V-12 engine and the gearbox are in matching numbers including factory adjustments made in Maranello in 1951.
This rare Ferrari is a frequent participant in Pebble Beach's road races and concours d'elegance.