Rare 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta hits the auction block

The thing about vintage sports cars is that they have this unique adrenaline appeal that’s unparalleled. True, their modern-day bros have better horsepower and grunt but miss on the raw rush of blood that these oldies delivered the moment the tire hit the tar by a mile. So if you’re in the market to experience something similar? Head to the RM Auctions’ Arizona sale slated for January 20 – 21, 2011. On offer this season is the rare race-bred 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta. Commissioned for the 1949 Paris Motor Show, the 166 MM is considered one of the rarest and most historic Ferrari, having been owned and raced by many notable individuals in the Ferrari world, including Aprile Palmer in 1951.

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Featuring the striking “Barchetta” coachwork from Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, the car made its racing debut at the 1950 Mar del Plata in Argentina, finishing an impressive first overall. And while this red beauty is restored for the auction, the chassis, numbers-matching engine, gearbox, and differential are originals.
Expected to fetch between $1.9 million – $2.4 million, this beautiful racer is one of 11 Ferraris slated to cross the auction block during the marquee event. Ready to bet on the red!

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