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    1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta Coupe by Stabilimenti Farina

    Consignment #: 5016 Sign In to View Price


    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 15th-17th at Russo and Steele’s 13th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    This historic 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta is a particularly striking example of the storied marque’s very first road-going Sports/GT series, the 166 Inter. Only 37 were produced in all between 1949 and 1953, with all built in chassis form by Ferrari and cloaked in custom bodywork by the most renowned Italian coachbuilders of the era. Just 10 – exemplified by the striking Berlinetta offered here, numbered 037 S – were fitted with elegant yet sporting coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina, where a young Battista “Pinin” Farina learned his craft.

    A development of the competition 125 and 166 Sport, the 166 Inter was a thinly disguised racing car for the road. In typical Ferrari fashion, its “166” model designation denoted the swept volume of each of the Gioacchino Colombo-designed 2.0-liter engine’s 12 cylinders, while the “Inter” moniker was bestowed upon it in tribute to the racing victories earned by Scuderia Inter for Ferrari during the late 1940s.

    This wonderful example is the 16th of the 166 Inter series produced according to its 037 S chassis number, and it is the 7th of the 10 Stabilimenti Farina-bodied cars. According to its known history, 037 S was purchased new in 1949 by Mario Piazza of Trieste, Italy. Early on, the original engine, also numbered 037 S, received a displacement increase to the 2.5-liter engine specification of Ferrari’s subsequent 212 model, and the car’s original single twin-choke carburetor was changed to a triple twin-choke Weber setup at this time. Next, it was sold to one Mr. Tamorri of Rome and then by 1954, 037 S was exported to the USA, passing through owners in Colorado, Michigan, and California, before being acquired by Hollywood’s Jerry Rosenstock, who retained the car until October 31, 1986. Under Mr. Rosenstock, 037 S was profiled in the July 1971 Ferrari Owners’ Club newsletter. The Ferrari passed through two more owners and then in April 1987, the UK’s Lord Charles Brocket, under whom the car was fully restored and the car was refinished in its present colors, acquired it. In June and July 1997, 037 S was acquired by Peter Agg, under whom it appeared in the UK’s Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine, and then in August that year, it was shown at Concorso Italiano in Carmel, California.

    Owned by more noted collectors, including Edgar Schermerhorn, from May 2000 to August 2010, during which time 037 S was toured and shown, it was also featured in the German Ferrari World magazine. As offered, 037 S remains striking and complete with a historical file including documentation of the engine rebuild, invoices dating to 1989, and copies of FIVA paperwork. While currently sporting Borrani wire-spoke wheels, 037 S is accompanied by the original and very rare “CABO” (Carlo Borrani) steel wheels and retains most of its original features. Fastidiously maintained and well-proven in tours, 037 S carries well-documented show history, as well as the 2008 edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Simply handsome in presentation, 037 S is an historic example of Ferrari’s inaugural road-going model line. As such, the importance of 037 S simply cannot be overstated.



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