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1948 166 Spyder Corsa On Offer
On offer from Mike Sheehan...
We are pleased to offer 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I, a milestone in Ferrari's early evolution. The 166 Spyder Corsa was the first series of race cars built by Ferrari for clients and exemplifies Ferrari's continual evolution of existing designs. In May of 1948 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I was built as one of only two "short chassis" 166 Spyder Corsas. This new short chassis design was next used for the famed 166 MM Touring Barchetta that dominated the great races in 1949, putting Ferrari firmly on the motor racing map. S/n 014 I has an extensive race history with Farina, Bianchetti and Sommers. In 1956 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I was given a new life when it was rebodied by Scaglietti with a very attractive full-width Spyder body styled with the then-current 500 TR body style. Today 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I is wonderfully original and almost exactly as imported in 1957. The engine has just been rebuilt by Patrick Ottis and dynos at 120 hp. Weighing in at a mere 1,575 pounds, the performance is competitive with any early Ferrari. For those who want to do the show circuit, new paint, leather and detailing would be simple on s/n 014 I. Fully sorted and ready to go, 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I is the perfect weapon for the Colorado Grand, Mille Miglia or any other prestigious event. Ferrari Classiche Attestation certification is now in process. Exhaustively researched and documented, with a photo and document album with dozens of period photos and information. Priced right at $2,195,000.
Tracing the race and ownership history of early Ferraris is an in-exact process, but it is relatively easy to spot the visual clues identifying the shorter chassis s/n 008 I and 014 I in period photos. Because of the short chassis, the rear tire is very close to the driver's right elbow, the coachwork features a shorter rear end, the fuel filler is in the middle of the rear upper body and the spring shackle location under the rear axle level all point out the new short chassis. Additionally, in 1948 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I was sold to Giampiero Bianchetti who almost certainly raced his own car.
S/n 014 I has an extensive race history with Farina, Bianchetti and Sommers in 1948, 1949, 1950 and was entered in six races as late as 1951 with Bianchetti behind the wheel. The Spyder Corsa body was continually evolved, and by 1951 s/n 014 I was fitted with a nose similar to the 125 GP cars. By 1952 the four-year-old Spyder Corsa was showing its age, and Bianchetti entered only one race, at Monza on 8 June at the 5th GP Autodromo Monza, but his outclassed Spyder Corsa retired on the first lap.
During its race career s/n 014 I was extensively updated in period with newer Houdaille shock absorbers, traction bars, lightening holes and extra bracing. The engine block was replaced with a later type 166 block # 63 with the timing window at 12 o'clock, while the Spyder Corsa flywheel retains the timing marks that are read at 2 o'clock. The Weber carburetors are original 32 DCFs, but were fitted with more modern velocity stacks. The cam covers are the later type with ribs and Ferrari script. By late 1952 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I was just another old race car and was pushed to the back of a garage somewhere in Italy.
In 1956 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I was given a new life when it was rebodied by Scaglietti with a very attractive full-width Spyder body styled with the then-current 500 TR body style. It featured egg crate grilles in the square side vents, had a headrest fitted and the gas tank was cut down to fit under the low bodywork with the spare tire mounted on the cut-down original Spyder Corsa fuel tank. The instruments, steering wheel and concentric ring aluminum horn button are all original Spyder Corsa type. The round-top radiator and firewall clearance bumps for the magneto bases also date to 1948. 166 Spyder Corsa never raced with its new bodywork but instead was sold to Nico Gianella who immigrated to the US in 1957. Today, 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 014 I is wonderfully original and almost exactly as imported in 1957.
The engine has just been rebuilt by Patrick Ottis at a cost of $95,000 and dynos at 120 hp. Weighing in at a mere 1,575 pounds, the performance is competitive with any early Ferrari.