The First “Barchetta”
When Touring displayed the first Ferrari 166MM at the Turin Salon its styling was unlike anything seen before. It broke new ground with its clean and uncluttered lines. Its widest point, unusually, was at hip-level and the sides tapered in gently towards the bottom, like a speedboat. Famous automotive journalist, Giovanni Canestrini saw it and remarked “Ma, non e una macchina. E una barchetta!” (But this is not a car. It’s a small boat!). Ever since, two seat, open sports cars have copied this famous epithet.