Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta: Oblin’s version

Ferrari 166 MM spider Oblin

Various designers and mechanics tried their hand at “dressing” the Ferrari 166 MM between 1948 and 1953.

Only 46 of this race sports car born in Maranello were ever produced, with different “looks” by various body shops, including Touring, Zagato, Allemano, and Vignale. The latter entrusted no other than Giovanni Michelotti with creating the Barchetta and Coupé versions.

In 1953, Belgian pilot Jacques Herzet purchased one of these models and later commissioned Martial Oblin, in Brussels, with designing a new version: a swift two-seater convertible.

The 166 MM (the double M stands for “Mille Miglia”) won a number of races, including the Mille Miglia in 1948 and 1949, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1949.

Here is Oblin’s wonderful version, in black.

Photos via:
www.artcurial.com/en/departments/classic_and_racing_cars/

July 18, 2014