Two words: Grand Tourers. Ferrari built them from the moment the marque was founded in 1947. Musei Enzo Ferrari’s current display is an honourable tribute to these types of cars.
Photography: Max Lammers
We embarked on the two-hour drive to Modena from our rented home close to the town of Pontremoli. For someone who is used to a flat landscape, it’s incredible to experience the curving mountain roads of Italy. I personally never visited Musei Enzo Ferrari.
Arriving in Modena, you are first greeted by the factory of Maserati, which is located close to Ferrari’s Museum. Besides Ferrari and Maserati, automakers such as De Tomaso, Lamborghini and Pagani all have their roots in Modena. It’s basically the Italian version of Detroit. The city of Modena is rather old, with history dating back to 1175. However, approaching the Musei Enzo Ferrari gives you a whole different sense. The massive yellow roof structure is something you see from miles away.
The museum is located next to the former workshop of Enzo Ferrari’s father and has been carefully restored to house the Museum of Ferrari Engines (more on that later). When you enter the museum building, you have a Ferrari store on your right and a restaurant on your left. In front of you is the entrance to the actual display where you can just about see a 166 Inter Touring.
Impeccable 250 GTO
The current display is called ‘Timeless Masterpieces’ and timeless they are. Upon entering the room, you’re greeted by a 166 Inter Touring and a 750 Monza. Lurking in the back of the room is a Monza SP1, and it’s great to see the original and its modern counterpart in one room. Further down are a 250 GT California Spyder, 195 Vignale, 250 GTO and 250 GT Lusso. To each their own, but the California Spyder is truly a work of art . Words and photos won’t do the car justice, so let’s move to the 250 GTO s/n 4219GT.
Arguably one of the most iconic cars to leave Ferrari’s gates on Via Abetone Inferiore, this 250 GTO example is beautifully displayed in a very dark blue paint. According to barchetta.cc, it was sold in 1963 and went on to win the 1963 three-hour race of Daytona.
According to the website: “Mamie Spears Reynolds is the daughter of the former US Senator for NC, Robert Reynolds linked to the Tobacco industry, and Evalyn McLean Roberts of the McLean mining fortune and once owner of the famous Hope Diamond. According to contemporary newspaper reports, she met Luigi Chinetti, jr. (“Coco”) when she came to NY to buy a Ferrari race car for the upcoming Daytona Continental race from Luigi Chinetti, sr. As a matter of fact, she and Coco married on 28th July, 1963 but were already divorced on 14 September, 1965.”
Further down the hall
As a certain famous British car vlogger would say – “skittles”. And skittles they are. From a red 750 Monza and a golden 250 GT Lusso to a Verde Pino 275 GTB Longnose, a blue 330 GTC and more. Eventually you’ll arrive at the lower section of the room where you are greeted by a stunning Ferrari 365 GTS/4.
This model gained fame when it was used in popular outings such as the Cannonball rally and television series Miami Vice. Though the ones used in the latter were replicas, it still is recognized for its part in the series. The iconic white Ferrari Testarossas came about when Ferrari sued the car’s kit manufacturer and offered the producers two of their then-flagship cars.
Located at the back of the room were a Ferrari 550 Maranello, California, Superamerica and a GTC4Lusso. The newest of them all was the Monza SP1. This Barchetta-styled car is part of a new segment called ‘Icona’ and is inspired by the Monzas of the 1950s. The car is powered by the same engine as the 812 Superfast, meaning it sends about 800 bhp to its rear wheels. A proper crazy car that I can’t wait to see on public road.
The great thing about this museum is that all cars truly come to their rights. Each one has enough space around it to make sure visitors can see every angle. At certain points, the room will get dark and a film about Enzo Ferrari starts to play. The second time it started playing, I walked to the Ferrari 250 GTO and just stared at it while the rest of the visitors were watching the film. It’s truly something special to have a 250 GTO just for yourself to admire.
The Engine House
After we finished the main part of the museum, there was a whole other room waiting for us: the Engine House. The building is Enzo Ferrari’s father’s former workshop and has about 20 engines from the marque’s history, starting with a 1992 F1 engine and a 1994 experimental in-line 3-cylinder. Among others, Ferrari displayed the engines from the 360 Modena, F2000, 812 Superfast and F40.
At the end of the room a Ferrari 488 Pista and Alain Prost’s F1-90 are displayed. Overall, the Musei Enzo Ferrari is a great experience and occasion to learn about Ferrari’s history. The exhibitions always change on the 14th of February so it’s worth going back at some point next year.