Friday, January 12, 2018

Ferrari 166 S

The 166 wasn't technically the first Ferrari. That honor belongs to the 125 S, but Enzo's company only made two of those. The 166 S that followed was more prolific – though still just 39 examples were built.

Production of the 166 Mille Miglia (MM) followed, which was made in larger numbers from 1949 to 1952.
The 1.5 L Gioacchino Colombo-designed V12 engine of the 125 was changed, with single overhead camshafts and a larger 2.0 L displacement. Output was 110 to 140 hp at 6,000 rpm with one to three carburettors.
Ferrari 166 racing cars won Mille Miglia in both 1948 and 1949. In 1949 the 166 also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, making it the only car ever to win all three races. The same year, another 166 won the 1949 Spa 24 Hours.

Experts describe the 166 S as "unequivocally, one of the most important sports cars ever constructed".