Here we are in the hills above Lake Garda, north of Brescia, on July 10, 1949. For a number of years a race was held on a public road circuit in and above the town of Salò at the southern end of Lake Garda. The race was called the Circuito del Garda. It started as shown here on a straight section just above the town and then proceeded farther up into the surrounding hills before descending through several hairpins into the town itself before climbing again to the start/finish straight. The car seen here, being used as a marshal’s car, is an early Ferrari 166 MM which had participated in the 1949 Mille Miglia which took place in April, finishing 34th overall. It had been driven by its first owner Giovanni Vaccari who is probably behind the wheel in this photograph. The bodywork of this small series of Ferrari spyders was done by Touring near Milan and became known as a barchetta, meaning a little boat.
This Ferrari was probably chassis number 0006M and may have been the third barchetta produced. It appeared in various concours in 1949, including a photo session back in Milan in September as sen at the left. a unique design element of this early Ferrari was the oval rear view mirror which can be seen in both photos.
After various owners in Italy and France in the 1950s, this barchetta was brought to the United states where it still resides today.
Photos by Alberto Sorlini and Archive Corrado Millanta ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com
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Thanks for these pics & the story !