If we go back in time, retracing the fundamental steps in the history of Ferrari, a place of honor can undoubtedly be occupied by this car, considered the ancestor of the Cavallino road models when the Maranello marque was starting to bloom on the side. the soul of sports and which is also associated with the daily pitch. The Ferrari 166 MM Touring represents exactly that link, until Enzo Ferrari himself knew how this car represented a car with power and performance but also full of more mid-range beauty.
A very rare Ferrari
Hence, the priceless Ferrari that will be announced at the Villa Erba auction on May 20 organized by RM Sotheby’s. The model to be sold has a preliminary assessment at the moment between 4 and 5 million euros according to the experts of the prestigious auction house. This is chassis 0024 M, the tenth of only 25 units made with the Touring Barchetta bodywork. This Ferrari 166 MM was commissioned by the Automóvil Club Argentina and was therefore finished in the Argentine national colors of Ivory (cream/light yellow) and Blue, and made its debut at the 1949 Paris Motor Show after being exported to two Argentinas. several months later, the 166 MM was driven by Carlos Menditeguy to his victory in Mar del Plata on 15 January 1950, an achievement that was also Cavallino’s first in competition in South America.
Many owners of this 166 MM
After a short time in Argentina, the car returned to Maranello to be sold to an Italian customer. From Italy it was then reintroduced, this time in the direction of the United States where it was modified with Vignale bodywork and also underwent several technical modifications and the removal of the original transmission in favor of a Chevrolet V-8 to comply with American compromises. and facilitate the use of roads. In 196 the car arrived in England where a complete restoration was carried out which returned it to the original Touring bodywork including the factory engine and gearbox.
Ferrari 166 MM with tradition
The Ferrari 166 MM 0024 M chassis then changed owners several more times, participating in events and the Concours d’Elegance. The abbreviation MM then emphasized a strong link with the world of racing: the reference was indeed Clemente Biondetti’s victory in the 1948 Mille Miglia in a Ferrari 166 Sport. It is one of the most sought-after cars in the world and every time an example ends up at auction, it represents an event for collectors from around the world to fight over. Who knows who will be the next owner of this Ferrari 166 MM, ready to enrich the collection of a wealthy participant.
Image: courtesy of RM Sotheby’s