1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa by Scaglietti Carrozzeria

Chassis Nr. 014 I

"One of the oldest Ferraris still in existence."

And the oldest un-restored Ferrari. This rare un-restored Ferrari is today as she was in the mid 1950's. After racing in Europe she came to California. Rarely seen or talked about. This special Ferrari is as real as she was when making the legend of Ferrari after World War II. 1948 the same year as Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief  one of the world's best movies. 1955 re-bodied by Sergio Scaglietti. 1957 imported to the USA.  This car is un-changed since 1957 except for recent mechanical overhaul. Today it's the way it was nearly 60 years ago.  Intimate detailed photos, race record and documentation are available.

Our Ferrari is ready for racing the Mille Miglia, Italia; Rolex Monterey Historics; Zhu Hai, Sepang, Dubai. She is THE honored guest at any Ferrari gathering in the world. Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.

Please review Photo Album #1 and our comparison of  1948 / 1955 166 Scaglietti to 500 Testa Rossa     


       In 1948 the newly formed Italian automobile company, Ferrari, began selling a promising sports car, the 166 Spyder Corsa. This 2-seater sports car featured a 12-cylinder engine  supplying over 100 horsepower to the rear wheels. The engine was just under two-liters, 1995 cc and had a unitary displacement of 166 cc. Thus, the evolution of the model name, "166." Even though production was low, its accomplishments are large, with wins at Le Mans, Mille Miglia, and the Targa Florio.

The 166 Spyder Corsa was the first series of models offered by Ferrari in 1948. The 166 was a continuation of the 125, introduced a year earlier. The 125's size of 1497 cc was later enlarged to 1902cc, bringing about the Tipo 159. In 1948, it was enlarged again to 1995 cc and became the 166. Only eight cars were built, numbered 002C, 004C, 006C, 008C and the 010I through 016I. The first cars sold to customers were 002C and 004C, which were sold to the Besana brothers, Gabriele and Soave, near the close of 1947.

Chassis 006 C, 010 I, 0121 and 016 I rested on a wheelbase that measured 95 inches. In 1948 two Spyder Corsa were built with a shorter, 88-inch wheelbase and with the frame tubes slung under the rear axle, as opposed to being over the rear axle. These two chassis were 008 I and 014 I.

This new chassis design was used in the 166MM Touring Barchetta that appeared in the fall of 1948 at the Turin Auto Show. These cars would go on to win the Mille Miglia, Le Mans the Spa 24 Hours in 1949.

Raced from 1948 to 1952 in Europe. As was customary at the time, a rolling chassis was supplied to custom coachbuilders to outfit the vehicles according to customer specifications and their intended purposes. Our car was given to Carrozzeria Scaglietti, Modena in 1955 for a full width 500 Testa Rossa type sports car body.

1957 our Ferrari was shipped by Nico Gianella from Switzerland to Santa Barbara California.


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