The chassis are sent to subcontractors who assemble the cars as berlinetta, barchetta or spyder. The berlinetta is an early success because it can be used both on road and on track. Berlinettas specially built for competition are not provided with all the equipment required for street homologation. All the elements that will make the tremendous success of the brand are already in place.
The Ferrari for sale by Gooding at Scottsdale on January 29 at lot 033 is one of the six 166MM coachworked as Berlinettas Le Mans by Touring.
Its history is great. Completed in June 1950, it is first raced in the following month. Chinetti, who is already the agent of Ferrari in the United States, exhibits it at the Paris Motor Show in October for finding an American buyer.
The car is purchased by the sportsman and constructor Cunningham, who previously admired the feat of Chinetti topping the early hours at Le Mans in 1950 with a 195S berlinetta. The difference between 166 and 195 is essentially its bore enlarged from 60 to 65 mm enabling a displacement of 2.3 liters.
Cunningham has immediately upgraded his 166 to 195 specification by Ferrari. In December 1950, this car has the honor of becoming the first competition Ferrari imported in the USA. A few days later it begins its American career at Sebring.
The 166MM/195S is estimated $ 5,75M. It is illustrated in the press release.
SOLD for $ 6.5M including premium