RM Sotheby’s will offer a 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Spider, which competed in the 1953 and ‘54 Mille Miglia, at its Paris auction on 7 February
RM Sotheby’s has announced its full 84-car catalogue for its annual Paris auction, taking place at Place Vauban during Retromobile week on 7 February. Among the many consignments, a very special Ferrari 166 MM Spider will be offered.
The car – chassis no. 0272 M – was raced in 1953 and 54 Mille Miglia and featured in the 1955 Kirk Douglas film The Racers.
But the machine’s not just famous for its Hollywood appearances. Historians believe it was designed by Aurelio Lampredi and is thought to have been built by Ferrari itself. This unique spider coachwork, however, remains subject to much speculation and debate. The 0272 M is the fifth of 13 166 MMs built for 1953.
Mysteries aside, however, this was a car which meant business. One of 0272 M’s earliest track outings was at the 1953 Mille Miglia, with original owner Dr. Alberico Cacciari and R.H. Bill Mason—father of Pink Floyd drummer and noted Ferrari collector Nick Mason—at the helm.
During this time, the car was also used in the production of the 1953 Shell movie about the Mille Miglia, directed by Bill Mason himself. As far as provenance goes, the 0272 takes some beating.
As for performance, Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager at RM Sotheby’s, sums it up:
‘A 166 MM is truly a joy to drive – smooth and with plenty of horsepower on tap channeled through its might V-12 and five-speed gearbox.’
‘The reliability of this particular early Ferrari racer is clearly demonstrated by its long and continuous competition history and incredible originality, further set off by its unique coachwork and Hollywood connection.’
The Ferrari 166 MM Spider will be on sale on February 7, 2018 at Rétromobile, Paris, among 84 other vehicles – all set to go under RM Sotheby’s hammer.