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1948 Ferrari 166 MM

The 1948 Ferrari 166 MM

The Ferrari 166 MM

Lot was Sold at a price of $1,870,000. RM Auctions - For three decades, RM Auctions has had the privilege of offering the world’s finest motor cars to a discerning clientele. From humble origins in the field of classic car restoration, we have grown to emerge as the industry leading collector car auction house. We are driven by a love of vintage automobiles, coupled with a desire to preserve the history of automotive design and technology. In support of this mission, we create exciting, memorable auction experiences that feature the best in classic cars and attract enthusiasts from across the globe.

The 1948 Ferrari 166 MM is the definitive 1950s sports car configuration, with its smooth envelope, long flowing hood and short tail. Named for the Mille Miglia race, it was created by Carrozzeria Touring in Milan, and compared to the 125S, from which it was developed, the Barchetta (“little boat”) is a masterpiece of simple style.

The 1948 Ferrari 166 MMFerrari expert and 166 MM owner David Seielstad has called it “the first beautiful Ferrari and fundamental to the brand's success,” and he continues, “its styling was unlike anything before and has influenced the design of vehicles from the AC Bristol to the latest Ferrari California.”

The 166 propelled Ferrari to the top of the sports car wish list. As Dean Batchelor wrote in Automobile magazine, “the real heart of the Ferrari mystique has always been that blurry distinction between racer and road car – the 166 MM was the model that started the magic.”