Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe

Cavallino Classic 2019

by | Mar 1, 2019 | On Show

Enzo Ferrari made no secret of building and selling road cars for the sole intention of funding his racing ventures. The very first road car he introduced for this purpose was the 166 Inter Coupe at the 1948 Turin Motor Show. The cars were inspired by racing, of course, but Ferrari also designed them to be comfortable and have ample luggage space, which is evident in the car’s upright design.

This particular 166 was the eighth Ferrari road car built and only the second car to feature coachwork by Touring. Less than 40 Ferraris were built from 1948-1951 and of those, only 20 featured Touring Bodies. This example, 015-S, is also one of five cars to be given the Sport designation. 015-S was displayed at the 1949 Geneva Motor Show and then sold later that year in Italy. After passing through several Italian owners the car eventually made its way to America in the 1980s, only to return to Italy again for restoration work.

 

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