Ferrari is an Italian company that was founded by Enzo Ferrari in Italy in 1929. The company started out making racing cars only. In 1947 they began to also manufacturer cars that were legal to drive on the streets as well. The company manufactured many popular styles of cars, but the one that is particularly commanding is the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta. There were 25 of these competition sports cars built. MM in the car’s name stands for Mille Miglia, a race in which a 166 MM Barchetta was a winner in 1949. Barchetta is Italian for ‘little boat.’
The body of the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta was designed by a company called Carrozzeria Touring. The car is lightweight, has a simple style, and has an oval shape with rounded edges. The length of the car is 142 inches, it’s 60 inches wide and 42 inches high, and has a curb weight of 1,433 pounds.
For a small car, the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta is packed with a lot of power. It has a V-12, 2-liter engine, has a 2,562 cc single overhead-camshaft, with horsepower estimated at 140. It has a 5-speed gearbox with a dry, single-plate clutch and it can go from 0 to 100 in 27 seconds.
Other features of the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta are an independent front suspension, a rigid rear axle, three Weber 36 DCF carburetors, Houdaille lever shocks, twin exhausts and four hydrualic brake drums. There is also a riveted fuel tank that holds about 23.76 gallons of fuel. Gauges in the car include a tachometer, a fuel pressure gauge, oil pressure gauge, and temperature gauges for the oil and water. There is no odometer in the car, however, because the car was intended for competition only.
Ferrari is a name that is synonymous with speed and power. The 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta fits the Ferrari brand perfectly.