Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday's Ferrari

This is the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta of Sally Mason-Styrron seen at the Silverstone Historic Festival meeting in August 2001. Why the number plate is upside down I don't know. At one time the model number Ferrari gave to his cars was the displacement of one of the cylinders so as the car originally had a 12 cylinder engine of 1995cc capacity it was given the designation 166. At some stage, however, it's apparently had a new engine fitted, the programme of the meeting showing the capacity as 2300cc. The bodywork was a revolutionary shape at that time and it was likened by one observer to a 'little boat', or 'barchetta' and the name stuck. The serial number of the car is 0040M.

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