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1949 166 MM Barchetta On Offer
On offer from Mike Sheehan...
We are pleased to offer 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta s/n 0024 M, an all matching-number Touring Barchetta and one of only 25 166 MM Touring Barchettas ever built. S/n 0024 M has its complete original, numbers-matching engine, gearbox and differential. The complete suspension and all gauges are original to the car. Nicely sorted and ready to go, 166 Barchetta s/n 0024 M is the perfect weapon for the Mille Miglia or any other prestigious event. Classiche certification now submitted. See it at The Quail. Priced right at $2,950,000.
From new with the "Lusso" interior but with full competition engine, gearbox and suspension. 166 MM s/n 0024 M was new in the Argentinean National colors of Blue and Yellow and was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in October, 1949. After the Paris Motor Show, it was invoiced to the Auto Club of Argentina as a gift to Eva Peron and shipped to Argentina where Carlos Menditeguy raced s/n 0024 M in the Mar del Plata Road Race on January 15th, 1950 winning the race with a 1st place overall! 166 MM Barchetta s/n 0024 M was then shipped back to Europe and raced in the 1951 Mille Miglia, driven by Aprile Palmer, a noted lady driver of the time, finishing 8th in class. Ms. Aprile Palmer next raced 166 MM s/n 0024 M on 21 July, 1951 at the XVI Susa Moncenisio hillclimb, placing 11th OA.
In 1953 the Touring Barchetta body was removed and replaced by a very attractive Vignale Berlinetta body. In 1956 s/n 0024 M was sold to Theodore Samuel "Ted" Pala, an American from Los Angeles, who used s/n 0024 M as a chase car to follow the 1956 Mille Miglia before shipping it home to Los Angeles. In 1986-1989 a major restoration was completed and an all new alloy Touring Barchetta body was built and fitted by Neil Twyman of Potter's Bar, England on the original chassis. S/n 0024 M has its complete original, numbers-matching engine, gearbox and differential. The complete suspension and all gauges are original to the car.
Over the last thirty-five years we have sold over 2,000 Ferraris, and we have never had an early Ferrari as well documented as is 166 MM s/n 0024 M. We have copies of the build sheets, copies of all of the original Italian Automobile Club registration documents, original shipping invoices, voluminous correspondence and amazing period photos plus hundreds of restoration photos. The records, photos and documents for this car stack over four inches tall!