Ferrari 166 MM - Ferrari 166 MM

The 166 MM with the starting number 22 in the racing car museum at the Le Mans racetrack. It was with this car that Luigi Chinetti and Lord Selsdon won the 1949 Le Mans 24 Hours
Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta Touring

The Ferrari 166 MM was a racing sports car from 1948.

Background and technology

Like the Ferrari 166 Sport , the 166 MM - the two letters stood for Mille Miglia - was another version of the Ferrari 166 . The 166 MM was presented to the public together with the 166 Sport at the Turin Motor Show in 1948 . The first vehicles were bodied by Touring , later models by Vignale , Pininfarina and others were added. A unique piece that competed in the Mille Miglia in 1953 and 1954 and was a prop in a Kirk Douglas film in 1955 was built by the small Carrozzeria Autodromo Modena . [1] [2] A total of 46 cars were built by 1953, which were primarily designed for motorsport.

The first series, which was built from 1948 to 1951, had a tubular frame made of oval steel tubes with cross-shaped struts. The front wheels were individually on each of two unequal length wishbones hung with a transverse leaf spring and Houdaille lever arm shock absorbers. At the rear, the series had a rigid axle on longitudinal leaf springs. The 2-liter V12 Colombo engine developed 125 hp (92 kW) at 7,000 revolutions per minute. In the Series II models built in 1953, Ferrari used a 160 hp (118 kW) stronger, but also heavier, engine. The wheelbase of 2250 mm remained unchanged, as did the suspensions.

Racing history

The 166 MM was the Scuderia's first internationally successful sports car . For many Ferrari drivers, it marks the beginning of the success story of the Italian racing team. The 166 MM had 269 races between 1949 and 1959; there were 31 overall and 43 class wins [3] .

Franco Cortese drove the first race with a 166 MM in 1949 at the Targa Florio , but did not finish. [4] The last race was the 166 MM in 1959 at the Grand Prix of Leopoldville , at the wheel of the Angolan racer Sebastião Gouveia. [5]

In between were the victories of Clemente Biondetti at the Mille Miglia 1949 , the success of Luigi Chinetti and Peter Mitchell-Thomson, 2nd Baron Selsdon in the 24-hour race of Le Mans in 1949 and the overall victory of Chinetti and Jean Lucas in the 24-hour race - Spa-Francorchamps race of the same year . [6]

The victories of Alberto Ascari at the Grand Prix of Luxembourg in 1950 and 1951 as well as the triumph of Gianni Marzotto at the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti in 1950 should also be mentioned . Jean Blaton celebrated the last victory with a 166 MM in 1957 at the Grand Prix of Roskilde in Denmark [7] .

Technical specifications

Ferrari 166 MM Year of manufacture 1953 Motor: 12-cylinder V-engine, 60 °
Bore × stroke: 60 × 58,8 mm
Displacement : 1995 cm³
Crankshaft : stored seven times
Motor control: one overhead camshaft per cylinder bank,
drive via roller chain from the front end of the crankshaft
Carburetor : 3 Weber 32 IF4/C
Power: 118 kW (160 PS) bei 7200/min
Transmission: Five gears, not synchronized
Chassis: welded tubular frame
Front suspension: Independent suspension on triangular wishbones with transverse leaf springs
Rear suspension: Rigid axle on semi-elliptical springs
Brakes: hydraulically operated drum brakes
Wheelbase : 2250 mm
External dimensions: 4100 × 1650 × 1130 mm
Dry weight : 800 kg
Top speed: ca. 200 km / h


  • Pino Casamassima: History of the Scuderia Ferrari. Nada Editore, Vimodrome 1998, ISBN 88-7911-179-5 .
  • Peter Braun, Gregor Schulz: The great Ferrari manual. Heel, Königswinter 2006, ISBN 3-89880-501-8 .


Commons : Ferrari 166 MM - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Description of the car on the website (accessed on March 14, 2019).
  2. Description of the Ferrari 166MM (0272M) on the website (accessed on March 14, 2019).
  3. Racing successes of the 166 MM
  4. Targa Florio 1949
  5. ^ Grand Prix of Leopoldville 1959
  6. 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps 1949
  7. 1957 Roskilde Grand Prix