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Collectors Corner - Ferrari 166 Inter


Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe rebodied with Stabilimenti Farina s/n 007S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe rebodied with Stabilimenti Farina s/n 007S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe rebodied with Stabilimenti Farina s/n 007S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe rebodied with Stabilimenti Farina s/n 007S

Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé Touring Superleggera s/n 015S at AutoSpeak

Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé Touring Superleggera s/n 015S at AutoSpeak

Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé Touring Superleggera s/n 015S at AutoSpeak

Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé Touring Superleggera s/n 015S at AutoSpeak

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S

Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 065S

Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 065S

Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 065S

Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 065S

Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 065S

Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 065S

 

The 166 Inter model was the road-going version of the sports racing “Mille Miglia” model, and a total of thirty seven examples were produced between 1948 and 1950, in the odd chassis number sequence in the range 007 - 079. They were usually coupés, although Stablimenti Farina produced three cabriolets and Bertone a single example. Various coachbuilder’s bodywork was fitted to this series of chassis’, all with their own interpretation of how they felt a Ferrari should be coutured.



Apart from Stablimenti Farina, Bertone, and Carrozzeria Touring who had bodied the first 166 Sport coupé for the 1948 Turin Salon, there were examples of coachwork from the houses of Ghia, and Vignale.

... Ferrari 166 Inter Register >>>

The Carrozzeria Touring examples were the most numerous, and bore a strong family resemblance to the style of their 166 MM barchetta, albeit on a longer wheelbase chassis, and with a smoothly curved three box coupe body. The examples from Stablimenti Farina and Ghia were very similar in overall shape, featuring fastback coupe bodies that appear slightly heavy and staid in comparison to the Touring interpretation, whilst the Stablimenti Farina cabriolets were virtually identical to the coupes from the waist down, and featured a folding canvas soft top, as did the Bertone bodied car. The Vignale offering was also a fastback coupe, but of a much lighter design than those from Farina and Ghia, providing a much more sporting image, which made them second in popularity, in terms of numbers produced, to the Touring version.

It cannot be stressed enough, that at this time virtually every car was an individual, and that there would be sometimes 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 were built as road cars, numerous owners used them frequently in competition, and they acquitted themselves well, despite the heavier bodies and full interior trim.

The mechanical layout on a longer wheelbase chassis was virtually identical to the other 166 models, with a 2 litre V12 engine coupled to a five speed gearbox driving through a rigid rear axle. The engines on these models had a twin distributor and coil ignition system, and were normally fitted with a single twin choke carburettor as standard, although a triple set-up could be specified. These were the only road production Ferrari of the period available with disc type 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. As the Inter series were road cars, front and rear bumpers were part of their apparel, the Touring bodied cars having vestigial appendages, whilst those on the Ghia, Farina, and Vignale bodied examples usually had much heavier adornments.

Production

Touring Coupe

13

007S, 013S, 015S, 019S, 023S, 025S, 027S, 029S, 035S, 051S, 055S, 073S, 075S

Touring Berlinetta

8

017S, 039S, 043S, 0047S, 053S, 077S, 0079S

Vignale Coupe

6

059S, 061S, 065S, 067S, 069S, 0071S

Vignale Berlinetta

1

045S

Ghia Coupe

1

049S

Stabilimenti Farina Berlinetta

4

009S, 021S, 031S, 037S

Stabilimenti Farina Cabriolet

3

011S, 033S, 063S

Stabilimenti Farina Coupe

1

041S

Bertone Cabriolet

1

057S

Total

38

 



Technical Specification

Engine

60 degr. V12, longitudinal, alloy block & cylinder heads

Timing Gear

2 valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft per bank

Bore & Stroke

60 mm x 58.8 mm

Unitary Displacement

166.25 cc

Total Displacement

1995 cc

Compression Ratio

7.5 : 1

Maximum Power

110 bhp @ 6000 rpm

Transmission

Dry single plate clutch, 5 speed + reverse gearbox

Chassis

Elliptical-section steel tubes

Front Suspension

Independent with transverse leaf spring and hydraulic shock absorbers

Rear Suspension

Rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers

Wheelbase

2420 mm then 2500 mm

Front Track

1250 mm then 1270 mm

Rear Track

1200 mm then 1250 mm

Kerb Weight

Approx. 800 kgs

Fuel Tank

80 litres then 85 litres

Top Speed

170 kph


Keith Bluemel
11/2007