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Inside the Enzo Ferrari museum in Modena, Italy (38 photos)

The legend starts here, from the first Ferrari to the LeFerrari hypercar

  • Deep in the heart of Italy’s Modena is a modest home. It has unassuming tiles and ordinary guttering. Time has gnawed at the colouring of its bricks and the paint is slowly fading and chipping. Few things about this building are remarkable, and yet it serves as a place of worship. Here, the religion is speed and the deities are the cars born from Enzo Ferrari. It is the home in which Enzo Ferrari was raised. Written on the outside fence, in both English and the native Italian tongue, is: “This house was sold by Enzo Ferrari when he was 20 years old to buy his first race car: the beginning of the Legend”. The home and workshop have since been converted into a museum commemorating Enzo and his legacy. Not so long ago another building was built on the property. This one is radically designed and it strikes an intriguing juxtaposition against the 19th century home. Inspiration has been sourced from the shape of a Ferrari’s bonnet. The roof and ceiling curve into one another just as the front- and rear-lines of Ferrari’s concept F100r. Yellow is the colour of this building because that is the colour behind the Prancing Horse. The first building stands testament to Ferrari’s history. The second is where the company is going. Inside tells a similar story. The museum displays cars poignant to Ferrari’s history. There’s everything from the first Ferrari ever made, the 125 S of 1947, right up until today’s LeFerrari. Stripped engines, Formula 1 cars and hydroplanes are found in between. All of the legends are present, coloured in iconic Ferrari red. Upon his return many years later, founder Enzo Ferrari said: “I went back to see that place, sixty-two years later, moved by a sharp feeling of nostalgia. Only the canals have disappeared; the building is still there, with its bricks that show the insults of time, surrounded by modern cement. On the blackened and chipped front you can still make out the writing. ‘Officina Meccanica Alfredo Ferrari’.” The following photos are joined by captions quoted directly from the museum and its exhibitions.

  • "This magical area was once the workshop that belonged to Alfredo Ferrari, Enzo’s father. At the far end, along with the machine tools used to shape the metalwork, there was a small stable with horses for the sulkies and carts. It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that the Ferrari family could finally have one of the first of the Modena cars, the DeDion Buton, similar to the one on display here loaned by the Car Museum in Turin."

  • "The cars on display represent the life of Enzo Ferrari: the Alfa Romeos he used as a driver and creator of the Ferrari Scuderia in the 1930s, the first Ferrari ever built, the first World champion winner with Ascari, the single seater that won immediately after his death and the Enzo. This rare item is a tribute by Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari’s successor at the head of the company, to the great man who was born within these very walls."

  • Another party trick makes the second building unique. The inside of the building is white – clinically white – like a canvas in which the cars can be viewed against. Then, in chunks of half an hour, the side and front walls serve as a projection screen to a movie documenting the life of Enzo Ferrari.

  • Ferrari 125 s (1947) The first car to wear the Ferrari badge.
  • Ferrari 360 GTC (2004) The caption to this car reads: "This all-aluminium model marked the beginning of the long success story of Ferrari V8 engines in International GT Championships. Ferrari has won 5 world titles, 2 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup e 3 FIA World Endurance Cup."
  • GTO Evoluzione 1986 The caption reads: "This was a development of Ferrari’s first Supercar, the GTO, which, like the Formula 1 race cars of the era, was powered by a turbo engine. While originally intended for the track, it was actually used to develop the legendary F40."
  • Ferrari GTO Evoluzione 1986
  • Motoscafo Arno X1-Ferrari (1953) The caption reads: "The engine from the 375 F1 from 1950 powered a Ferrari race car to win the marque’s first F1 victory at the 1951 British GP. This same engine, with power increased from 350 to 510hp with two Roots volumetric superchargers, was installed in this hydroplane, which set a world speed record of 242km/h."
  • Motoscafo Arno X1-Ferrari (1953)
  • Ferrari F40 (1987)
  • Ferrari 750 Monza (1954)
  • Ferrari 750 Monza (1954)
  • Ferrari Dino 206 GT (1967)
  • Ferrari Dino 206 GT (1967)
  • Ferrari Enzo (2002)
  • Ferrari Enzo (2002)
  • F60 2009 The caption reads: "This was the race car built to compete in the 2009 season – the year that saw the introduction of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), which is now also used in the road-going LeFerrari. This race car won the Belgium Grand Prix with Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel."
  • Ferrari F100r concept car
  • Ferrari F100r concept car
  • Ferrari Testarossa (1984)
  • Ferrari F50 (1995)
  • LeFerrari (2013)
  • LeFerrari (2013)
  • LeFerrari (2013)
  • Alfa Romeo 158 (1937)
  • Ferrari's first Formula 1 car

  • Ferrari 348 Spider
  • Ferrari 348 Spider
  • Ferrari 575 GTC (2003)
  • Ferrari 575 GTC (2003)
  • Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Ferrari California Sitting outside the premises, casually, is a Ferrari California
  • De Dion Bouton (1903) Alfredo Ferrari owned a De Dion Bouton like the one pictured. It is the first automobile in which Enzo Ferrari had access.
  • Alfa Romeo G1 (1921-1922)
  • Bare engines line Alfredo Ferrari's workshop.

  • A recreation of Enzo Ferrari's office.

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