This week’s Ferrari Friday subject is a car I saw and photographed at the 2007 Northwest Historics. This is a 1949 166 MM Touring Barchetta and is one of the very first Ferraris built. Enzo Ferrari starting producing cars under his own name in 1947, following a long career with Alfa Romeo (I’ll feature a Scuderia Ferrari Alfa racer in coming weeks). The very first Ferraris were the two 125S cars and single 159S produced in 1947. These were followed by the run of 39 166S cars in 1948 and 1949 which produced the car featured here.
Jon Shirley owns this 166 MM and drove it at the 2007 Northwest Historics as well as in rally events. This car is no stranger to racing, having won the 1949 24 Hours of Spa with Luigi Chinetti behind the wheel.
A 2 liter v12 with 140 horspower moves this car. While not a fast car, I’m sure it’s a ton of fun. Cars like this inspire passion, even if they’re not the fastest thing on the street. The 166 Barchetta was the inspiration for the Rush song “Red Barchetta”.
More information about Jon Shirley’s collection can be found in this Sports Car Digest article.