Ferrari 166MM #22 – Hot Wheels

1949 Ferrari 166MM
Pilots: L. Chinetti, L. Seldson
Team: Lord Selsdon
Race: 1st overall (S class) at Le Mans in 1949
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Published 03/11/17

So where to start? With the 1st one, where else . This Ferrari 166MM is the one that started the 1:43 ball rolling for me. I bought it in a brick & mortar store (much rarer nowadays than the model), and obviously paid more then what I would have paid online, but it’s a nice  sensation to pay and get the car in hands right away. Unfortunately though, this one was all the store had for me. The sad part is that it was a store that had loads of 1:18s back in the day .

Pretty decent model, if you ask me. Basically as good as most of Hot Wheels’ 1:18s.

This 166MM was the first Ferrari to win at La Sarthe. It used a 2.0-liter version of the “Colombo” V-12, the smallest displacement of all Ferrari V-12s. Displacing 1995 cm³, it produced 140 hp, enough to take the barchetta to 220 km/h. The 1949 24 Heures du Mans was the first race after the war. Ferrari had two 166MM in the race, and this #22 came in first, completing 235 laps.

VERY nice model indeed.

A few years ago I had the 166MM in 1:18, but it was the civilian version. At the time this Le Mans version was not available in 1:18 – Le Mans’ cars were scarce in 1:18th. So I had the decals made and transformed my car into the winning #22 version. Fortunately, with the huge variety of Le Mans cars in 1:43, this time I could go directly to what I wanted.

I think my collection started out in the right direction.

Well, here we start. My first 1:43 and also first Le Mans car. With my love for all things Le Mans, I think I started out okay. And I have a suspicion that there will be many after this… 😋

Consequently, stay tuned for more. Many more 😁

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