1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export by Fontana
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Monterey, California | August 18-19, 2017
This early Ferrari is certainly a unique design. Check out how short that windshield is. Driving it has to feel as if you are just strapping yourself to an engine and hanging on for dear life. It sort of has a proto-pontoon fender look to it, but it all curves inward at the passenger compartment before the bobbed rear end. It’s aggressive, racy, and screams “competition Ferrari.”
This car was purchased new by the Marzotto brothers in Italy in 1950. It has serious competition history in period, including:
- 1950 Targa Florio – DNF (with Umberto Marzotto)
- 1950 Mille Miglia – DNF (with Umberto Marzotto and Franco Cristaldi)
- 1951 Mille Miglia – DNF (with Giannino Marzotto and Marco Crosara)
- 1952 Mille Miglia – DNF (with Guido Mancini and Adriano Ercolani)
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t super successful in it’s day, but it still ran at the biggest races in the world. After the 1950 racing season the car was rebuilt by Carrozzeria Fontana, with the body you see here having been constructed at that time. Dubbed “L’uovo,” or the egg, it was designed to be aerodynamic and light.
After the 1952 season, the original 166 MM engine was replaced by an engine from Ferrari’s newer 212 Export model, which would mean that it carries a 2.6-liter V-12, which makes 175 horsepower (though this is unclear from the catalog description). In 1953 the car made it’s way into Californian ownership. In 1986, an Italian buyer brought the car home from the U.S. and had it restored. Displayed infrequently, the car has competed in the modern Mille Miglia a few times in the last 20 years.