Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupé 1949
Enzo Ferrari, born in Modena, Italy, in 1898, began racing just after the Great War. In 1920, he joined Alfa Romeo as a driver and tester, and then in 1929 established his own team, the Scuderia Ferrari, which was effectively the Alfa Romeo works team. The link was broken at the end of 1938. He began building Ferrari sports-racing cars in Maranello, 12 miles south of Modena, in 1947. His „Cavallino Rampante“ prancing horse badge had been presented to him in 1923 by the mother of World War I air ace Francesco Baracca, another native of Modena, whose emblem it had been.
The first series of Ferrari cars was the 1947 1.5-litre 125C sports racer, followed by the 2.0-litre 166 road car. The 166 was greeted as „the most advanced unsupercharged sports car in the world“ when it was launched in 1948. Its V12 engine, designed by Gioachino Colombo, came in four stages of tune; victories in the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Le Mans proved its sporting capabilities.
This unique car is the ninth production 166 and was delivered new to Jean Lodi of Paris. Its „Aerlux“ coupe body with its distinctive plexiglass sunroof was built by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. It’s built on Touring’s unique „Superleggera“ system, in which the aluminium body is fastened over a frame of small-diameter steel tubing welded to the chassis, creating a structure that is, as the name suggests, both light and strong.
It was exhibited at the October 1949 Paris Salon, and before the year was out had been displayed in the Paris showrooms of the Kléber Colombes tyre company and acquired by French enthusiast Jean Renaldo. He won a race at Orleans in 1951, and the same year took part in the Tour de France with Madame Rey-Mottet as co-driver. The 1952 season was particularly successful for Renaldo and his Aerlux Ferrari. He won the Albi GT Grand Prix and a race at the Montauban Circuit, was placed first in class in the Autumn Salon Cup at Montlhery and came fourth in class in the demanding Mont Ventoux hillclimb. However, when Renaldo emigrated to South Africa in 1953 he left his Ferrari in France.