Ferrari 166 Inter

Ferrari 166 Inter

This was Ferrari’s first 12-cylinder engine to reach a 2-litre capacity. As in the case of the 159 S, bore sizes and strokes were both increased to achieve this, and as usual both open-wheel and full bodywork models were produced.

Although any two models from one coach builder might appear identical, each body was hand-built, and the client had the opportunity to indulge in his or her personal styling whim, so that virtually every car was an individual, and there would often be numerous detail differences, perhaps in the radiator grille design or lighting layout, between one car and another from the same source.

The mechanical layout on a 2420 mm wheelbase tubular steel chassis was very similar to the 166 competition models, with a 2-litre V12 aluminium engine coupled with a 5-speed gearbox driving through a rigid rear axle.

The engines on these models had a twin distributor and coil ignition system, and were fitted with a single twin choke carburetor as standard although a triple twin choke carburetor set-up could be specified as an option to obtain extra performance.

All 1940 Models

Production Decade Production Year Ferrari Model Ferrari Model Type
1940 1947 Ferrari 125 S Sport Prototypes
1940 1947 Ferrari 159 S Sport Prototypes
1940 1947-48 Ferrari 166 Inter GT
1940 1947-48 Ferrari 166 S GT /Sport Prototypes
1940 1948-53 Ferrari 166 MM Sport Prototypes

Ferrari 166 Inter Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1948

type front, longitudinal 60° V12
bore/stroke 60 x 58.8 mm
unitary displacement 166.25 cc
total displacement 1995.02 cc
compression ratio 6.8 : 1
maximum power 66 kW (90 hp) at 5,600 rpm
power per litre 45 hp/l
maximum torque
valve actuation single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
fuel feed single Weber 32 DCF carburettor
ignition single spark plug per cylinder, two coils
lubrication wet sump
clutch single-plate
frame tubular steel
front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, transverse leaf spring,  hydraulic shock absorbers
rear suspension live axle, semi-elliptic springs, hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
brakes drums
transmission 5-speed + reverse
steering worm and sector
fuel tank 72 litres
front tyres 5.50 x 15
rear tyres 5.50 x 15
type coupé, cabriolet, 2+2 or two-seater
wheelbase 2620 mm
front track 1250 mm
rear track 1200 mm
weight 900 kg (dry, coupé)
top speed 150 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

Ferrari 166 Inter Valuations

Only 38 inters were produced from 1948 to 1951 – in 2012 a 166 Inter Berlinetta sold for over £350,000 but in 2008 A 166/195 Inter Berlinetta sold for nearly double that.

Ferrari 166 Inter Servicing