Ferrari 166 for the 2013 Mille Miglia

Ferrari 166 In Epoxy Primer

166 Berlinetta in Primer

After years of extremely taxing labor, we finally finished up the 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Berlinetta in preparation for its maiden voyage, the 2013 Mille Miglia in Italy. It was an incredible task spearheaded by Casey who had more on his mind than just completing the car in time to catch a flight to Italy, he was going to celebrate his honeymoon in Italy after the Mille Miglia!

In 1999, a gentleman from Tennessee asked us to begin a restoration on this car and as we dug into it, he wanted everything modified. He wanted an alternator in place of the generator, he wanted fuel injection in place of the carburetors and insisted on aircraft wiring harness and “bear claw” door latches, the list went on and on. We suggested he buy a brand new BMW Z3 and drape a classic style Ferrari body on it but he didn’t think that this was a great idea. He wanted all of these modifications ANY take it to Ferrari shows such as the Cavallino Classic and win! He wanted to have his cake and eat it I guess. Anyhow, we couldn’t destroy this car so we dragged our feet for 10 years and eventually he asked us to sell the car.

The current owner asked us to put the car back together and paint it the original “Touring Blue” color that it was from new. This was a true body off restoration with not one screw or part that wasn’t thoroughly “massaged” and if we didn’t massage the original parts, we made new stuff, lots and lots of new stuff.

We bought brand new parts and restored them because they weren’t good enough such as the re-plating the new headlight rings because horrible chrome that was dull, and restoring the brand new push button start switch that didn’t work. The entire grille and front end was re-made since the car was crash damaged and had ’55 Ford headlights installed as well as the windshield surround that was too delicate to reuse.

Berlinetta Touring Ferrari 166

Instruments for the 166 Ferrari Touring Berlinetta

This car was a labor of love and it brings me to one of my favorite subjects, Human Energy! There was so much Human emotion to dream up these cars and then tons of human effort to build them because every part is hand made and custom fitted to each car. Every day that we touched this car, we were in disbelief at how long it must have taken for it to be build. So, with all of that energy, we essentially built it all over again which takes even longer than building it the first time around!

Needless to say, the car in incredible and it drives very well. It completed the Mille Migila gracefully only needing a brake adjustment and a replacement distributor cap. It rained every day but the little blue coupe took the weather, the mountains, the stop and go pace through town with ease.

Restored Ferrari 166 Berlinetta

Ferrari 166 Berlinetta nearing completion

Mille Miglia Bound

Ferrari 166 and 212 prepared for the Mille Miglia

And Casey spent the following week in Italy with his lovely wife Jessica.

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5 Comments »

  1. Christian Scott said,

    May 30, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    It looks gorgeous! What a long journey but clearly the end result was worth it. I hope to see and hear it in person again someday.

  2. Reuben said,

    June 13, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Really good job. keep going!

  3. Jeff Liroff said,

    August 21, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    I was at Shoreham Upholstery today and saw this car in person. What a surprise it was to pull in and see this amazing car! The split windshield is so unusual and the Superleggera badges along the edge of the hood completely captivated me. Jim says the glass sunroof is a rare factory original – which is hard to believe in a 1950 car. If it is, then this is an even more amazing car!

  4. Dave H. said,

    September 12, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    Took a course in 1975 @ Brown entitled “The Psychology of Smell” where the main thrust was that smell is the only sense that can evoke vivid memories; transporting the mind to a time and place…seems quite true for your posters. Mine would be the smell of my grandmother’s famous coffee cakes (what might be called Irish tea rings also).

  5. Dave H. said,

    September 12, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Hey that comment was supposed to be in the 308 entry…WTHH

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