Ferrari 166 S

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The Ferrari 166 S wis an evolution o Ferrari's 125 S sports race caur that became a sports caur for the street in the form o the 166 Inter. anerlie 3 Ferrari 166 S's wur produced, soon follaed bi the production o the 166 Mille Miglia (MM) which wis made in muckle lairger numbers frae 1949 tae 1952. The 166 MM wur in fact updatit 166 S an wur the caurs that score mony o Ferrari’s first internaitional victories an made Ferrari a serious competitor on the racin industry. It shared its Aurelio Lampredi-designed tube frame an double wishbone/live axle suspension wi the 125. Like the 125, the wheelbase wis 2420 mm lang. 39 examples wur produced frae its introduction at the Turin Motor Show in 1948 tae its retirement in 1950. It wis replaced bi the 2.3 L 195 S in 1950. The first 166 Inter wis designed bi Touring's chief stylist, Carlo Anderloni. 166 S competition models wur generally coachbuilt bi Carrozzeria Allemano.

The 1.5 L Gioacchino Colombo-designed V12 ingine o the 125 wis chynged, housomeivver, wi single owerheid cam shafts specified an a lairger 2.0 L (1995 cc/121 in³) displacement. This wis achieved wi baith a bore an stroke increase, tae 60 bi 58.8 mm respectively. Ootput wis 110 tae 140 hp (82 tae 104 kW) at 6,000 rpm wi ane tae three carburettors.

Motor Trend Classic named the 166 MM Barchetta as number sax in their leet o the ten "Greatest Ferraris o aw time".

Examples[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nine 166 Spider Corsas an three 166 Sports wur built. The auldest Ferrari caur wi an undisputit pedigree still in existence is VIN#002C, a Model 166 Spider Corsa which wis oreeginally a 159 an is currently awned an driven bi James Glickenhaus. #0052M, a 1950 166 MM Touring Barchetta wis recently uncovered in a barn an wis shown in public for the first time syne 1959 in the August 2006 issue o Cavallino magazine.

Racin[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ferrari 166 racin caurs wan Mille Miglia in baith 1948 an 1949, driven bi Clemente Biondetti an Giuseppe Navone the first year an Biondetti an Ettore Salani the next. In 1949 the 166 an a wan the 24 Hours o Le Mans in the haunds o Luigi Chinetti an Lord Selsdon, an the Targa Florio, wi Clemente Biondetti an Igor Troubetzkoy, makin it the anerlie caur iver tae win aw three races. The same year, anither 166 wan the 1949 Spa 24 Hours.

A 166 chassis, this time wi the bigger 195 ingine, wan the Mille Miglia again in 1950 wi drivers Giannino Marzotto an Marco Crosara.

Citit in sang[eedit | eedit soorce]

The 166 wis memorialized in sang bi Rush on their Moving Pictures album. The sang, "Red Barchetta", a futuristic story o man against an oppressive society, wis inspired bi Richard S Foster's "A Nice Morning Drive", a short story published in November, 1973 issue o the magazine Road and Track. In the oreeginal airticle, the protagonist drove an MGB. A umwhile MGB awner himself, Rush leericist Neil Peart exercised a little artistic license in changin the hero's caur frae an MGB tae the caur o Peart's dreams, the Red Barchetta, providin the sang an eminently mair stylish name.