1948 Ferrari 166 S

In 1948 at the Turin Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the evolution of the 125 S sports race car. Designed by Carrozzeria Allemano, The 166S was produced in only 3 units, all built on the same 2620mm wheelbase chassis, but featuring different design.

Ferrari 166 S

The 166 S was powered by a two-litre version of Colombo’s 60° V12 engine that delivered 150bhp at 7000rpm and had a compression ratio of 10.1:1.

The first two models, 001 S and 003 S were designed by Allemano and featured prominent nose grille and headlights. The first one was the winner at the 1948 Targa Florio, and the second one at the 1948 Mille Miglia. Unfortunately both models were destroyed.

The third one, 005 S, was the first closed cabin car that Ferrari had produced. It was revealed at the 1948 Turin Auto Salon and in just a few months it was the winner at the 1948 Coppa Inter Europa.

Ferrari 166 MM

Ferrari 166 S

The Ferrari 166 MM (Mille Miglia) models were used between 1949 and ’51 by both Ferrari team and private drivers. The 166 MM were in fact updated 166 S and were the cars that score many of Ferrari’s first international victories and made from Ferrari a serious competitor on the racing industry.

The 166 MM were powered by upgraded V12 engine that delivered 140 hp. It featured a new chassis with a wheelbase cut down to 2200mm. The 166 MM was capable of a top speed of 105.57 mph.

Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa

Ferrari 166 S

Spyder Corsa is another 166 S version. They were the first first series of models offered by the newly formed Ferrari in 1947. The Spyder Corsa was featuring an identical 2420mm wheelbase to the 159, but added new independent front suspension. Ferrari built only 8 166 Spyder Corsa, each of them powered by a this two-litre 60° V12 engine that delivered 150bhp.


This model was considered one of the best Ferraris of all time. I definitely agree with it!

Cool car. Something that Jay Leno probably has in his garage. I’d say that this race car would probably be worth millions nowadays. I wish I can see some videos of it actually racing though. It would be great to see on how V12s used to perform before.

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