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Chassis no. 0272/M - Engine no. 0272/M
Coachbuilder: Ferrari - Carrozzeria Autodromo
Categories: E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; G- Team cars; H- Works cars; J- Movie cars; L- Limited edition cars (no. 3 remaining of no. 3 manufactured, no. 2nd built)
Owner: Private Collection
Two time Mille Miglia entrant and one-off body by Aurelio Lampredi.
Bill Mason‘s (father of Nick, Pink Floyd drummer) was co-driver in the 1953 Mille Miglia and directed the Shell Mille Miglia Film in this car. 1954 movie car for Kirk Douglas in "The Racers" at the Mille Miglia. One of the most original early racing Ferraris in existence.
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The Ferrari 166 - the number assigned to a Ferrari model traditionally corresponds to the displacement of each cylinder - was the direct evolution of the first 125 (fitted with a 60° V12) from 1947. The engine of that early car, designed by Gioacchino Colombo, had first been transformed into the 159 and then into the 166, to reach the limit of the two litre class.
To pay tribute to the first great success at the 1948 Mille Miglia, Ferrari upgraded the 166 Sport into the 166 MM. In 1953, an evolution was developed that brought the power to around 160 hp and other improvements. These cars contributed more than any other previous model, scoring many of Ferrari's first international victories and made the company a great manufacturer of sports cars.
All 166s sat on a dedicated tubular chassis designed by Ferrari but produced by the specialized Gilco in Italy.
A total of 46 Ferrari 166 MM were built in two series in both berlinetta and spider (barchetta) versions: 33 cars of the first series and 13 of the second from 1953. Most of them were bodied by Carrozzeria Touring. A few others were bodied by Allemano, Vignale and Zagato. One was completely revised by Abarth.

Chassis no. 0272/M was built by Ferrari in early 1953. This 166 MM was sold new to its first owner, the gentleman driver Dr Alberico Cacciari. The fifth of the 13 model 166 MMs built for 1953, 0272/M features a spider “barchetta” coachwork, though its specific builder is still unclear. Most historians agree that the body was designed by Aurelio Lampredi and was produced in-house in Ferrari. The coachwork may have later been refined at Carrozzeria Autodromo. 0272/M is the second of 3 nearly identical cars based on the 166MM/53. The first one, chassis no. 0262 was later rebodied by Fantuzzi as a Touring barchetta. The third one, chassis 0428/M, had some slight body differences. This car, probably born 166MM/53, suddenly became a Ferrari 735 Sport Spider, receiving a 4 cylinder engine and (a little) later a new body by Scaglietti, after an accident.
Chassis no. 0272/M’s first event was the 1953 Giro di Sicilia, followed by the Mille Miglia. At the wheel was Cacciari alongside R.H. Bill Mason, father of the Pink Floyd drummer and renown Ferrari collector Nick Mason. The car was also used in the production of the 1953 Shell movie about the Mille Miglia, directed by the co-driver Bill Mason. It ranked anyway 3rd in class. Before 1954, the car must have suffered a small racing accident, as the shape of the nose has changed. While the car was entered in the 1954 Mille Miglia under the Scuderia Ferrari name, it was used exclusively by MGM Studios for its movie “The Racers”. The starring role was played by Kirk Douglas. Much of the driving during the actual race was done by John Fitch and Kirk Douglas himself. Then, 0272/M was exported to California, where additional work on “The Racers” was undertaken. Sold to Pete Lovely, the car was painted white and gold. Lovely continued to race the 166MM/53 in 1955 and 1956, later selling the car. It was shown at several concourse events in the years. The nose has recently been returned to its original configuration as it was in 1953. Italian Ferrari historian Andrea Curami called 0272/M “one of the most original early racing Ferraris in existence!”
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history - owners & events
12th April 1953
Giro di Sicilia
| Palermo | Italy
driver: Piero Scotti
co-driver: Alberico Cacciari
entry number: 442
25th April 1953
Mille Miglia
| Brescia-Roma-Brescia | Italy
driver: Alberico Cacciari
co-driver: Bill Mason
entry number: 514
24th May 1953
Trofeo Internazionale della Sardegna
| Cagliari-Sassari-Cagliari | Italy
driver: Alberico Cacciari
co-driver: Luigi Zanelli
entry number: 18
21st June 1953
Circuito di Caserta - Coppa Pasquale Amato
| Caserta | Italy
driver: Alberico Cacciari
6th September 1953
Gran Premio Supercortemaggiore
| Merano | Italy
driver: Alberico Cacciari
entry number: 50
20th September 1953
Salita del Castellaccio
| Livorno | Italy
driver: Alberico Cacciari
29th September 1953
Volterra - Saline
| Volterra | Italy
driver: Alberico Cacciari
11th October 1953
Vermicino - Rocca di Papa
| Roma | Italy
driver: Alberico Cacciari
18th October 1953
Coppa d'Oro Sicilia
| Siracusa | Italy
driver: Alberico Cacciari
1st May 1954 - 2nd May 1954
Mille Miglia
| Brescia-Roma-Brescia | Italy
driver: Emmanuel de Graffenried
co-driver: Giannino Parravicini
entry number: 556



 




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