Stabilimenti Farina Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe #037S
The car pictured here is Ferrari 166 Inter #037S. The '166' in the model designation referred to the swept volume of a single cylinder in cubic centimeters, with all 12 adding up to 1,992 cc. The Gioacchino Colombo-designed engines in these models had a twin distributor and coil ignition system and were fitted with a single twin choke carburettor as standard, although a triple set-up could be specified. The Ferrari sales literature of the time claimed a power output of 110 brake horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The model featured independent front suspension via a transverse leaf spring, wishbones and Houdaille lever-type hydraulic shock absorbers. At the rear there were semi-elliptic leaf springs and similar Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers. The brakes were hydraulic drum type to all four wheels, with a mechanical handbrake to the rear wheels.
Various coachbuilders were employed to clothe this chassis, all with their own interpretation of how they felt a Ferrari should be bodied. There were examples of coachwork from the houses of a.o. Touring, Bertone, Ghia, Stabilimenti Farina and Vignale.
Stabilimenti Farina provided coachwork for just ten Ferraris, of which nine were on 166 Inter models. Eight were bodied from scratch, one was a rebody. Three were cabriolets, which makes the example shown here one of only six Ferraris wearing this fastback body style by Stabilimenti Farina.
Early in its life, chassis #037S was upgraded to the 2.5-litre engine specification of the 212 model. Many of the 166 models of the period were modified as such, or to 195 specification (2.3-litres), as the upgrade provided greater power at a relatively low cost.
Chassis #037 S was the sixteenth car in the series by chassis number. It was sold new to a Mr. Tamorri in Rome in June 1949. In the mid- to late-fifties, it was exported to the United States where it had a succession of owners over the years, a.o. Jerry F. Rosenstock in Hollywood, Ed Niles, Matt Jones and Carlos Monteverde. In June 1987, it was sold in partly restored condition to the notorious Lord Charles Brocket in the UK, who commissioned a full restoration.
The car was then sold to Peter Agg in the UK, who completed the restoration, repainted the car silver over metallic blue and spent more than 240,000.- USD. The interior was re-trimmed in grey leather with blue piping, the work being completed in the late nineties. The original disc wheels were replaced with Borrani wire wheels, but the original Carlo Borrani steel wheels are still with the car.
Mr. Schermerhorn of The Netherlands bought #037S in 2000 and has used it regularly in touring events. He has displayed it at a number of Ferrari gatherings and concours in Europe, including the 2008 Villa d?Este Concorso d?Eleganza.
In October 2009, Mr. Schermerhorn had decided to part from his entire Coachbuilt collection and #037S was put up for auction by RM Auctions with an estimate of £350,000.- to £400,000.- but without reserve.
The car was sold at a price of £302,500.- / 340,000.- Euros / 508,000.- USD.