Films: The Righini Collection Is a Hidden Treasure

The Righini Collection Is a Hidden Treasure

In real estate, location is everything, and surely there’s none better than a centuries-old castle among vineyards outside of Modena, Italy. What lies inside Castello di Panzano Castelfranco Emilia transcends even this bucolic location. Collezione Righini is one of the finest private automotive collections in the world, housing several landmark Alfas including Tazio Nuvolari’s 8C 2300, many Lancias (including a Stratos), important Formula 1 cars, and the very first car that Enzo Ferrari built after departing Alfa Romeo, the only Auto Avio Costruzioni (AAC) Type 815, which was raced in the Mille Miglia by famous driver Alberto Ascari.

Mario Righini is the current owner of this collection and resides in the castle with his family, but many of the cars were acquired by his father. During World War II, obsolete vehicles were sent by the government to the family’s scrap yard to be torn down for their raw material. Mario Righini’s father noticed that many of these vehicles didn’t deserve to be destroyed, and over the years, he kept many of the vehicles that he felt would someday be significant once again.

Last summer, right after we visited the Casa Enzo Ferrari, we drove to the castle, where the guardian and overseer of the castle opened the two tall, heavy, wooden doors for us to enter. We drove into the courtyard while stepping back in time to a rustic garden which provided a perfect backdrop for a handful of stately automobiles assembled around the courtyard.

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Paul Steel
Paul Steel

We are visiting Florence next week, plan on taking the train to Bologna and visiting the Righini collection if they respond to my email.

Jeff Swain
Jeff Swain

A group of us just visited this pas May after the Mille – we were saddened as we felt there was a moldy odor emanating from within the building and many of the cars appeared to be just rotting away and not used/being protected from humidity.

Marcel Jöris
Marcel Jöris

We were here during the Mille Miglia this year. First we had to go to Righini Demolicione. That’s the scrap yard you were referring to. And it still is a scrap yard. Although when looking well you still can find some very nice cars for sale there. Then on to the castle. WOW !! What a collection!! This is heaven for a fan of Italian cars. Some restored, but most in original shape, well preserved, which makes it even more special. An absolute must see !!!

Jeff H
Jeff H

I tried to visit this collection a few years ago while in Maranello. There were no responses to my inquiries. I’m not sure why I felt I was important enough lol. I went to the Panini museum instead…

Paul Steel
Paul Steel

Wow, what a collection, can’t believe I didn’t know about this, I feel another trip to Bologna coming, great food and cars 🙂

Paul Varjak
Paul Varjak

What a great hidden treasure trove. Thanks.

One thing though, why does Petrolicious seem to disable the back function on Firefox? Not a big deal; but odd.

Josh Clason
Josh Clason

It shouldn’t. We will take a look into it.

Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman

Just added another stop on my trip to Italy . Can’t wait to see this collection!

Andrew TheBoss
Andrew TheBoss

Don’t miss http://www.museonicolis.com in Villafranca di Verona.
This is one of my favorite museums.
Inside you can find the really FIRST engine.
Yes, the inventor of the first Engine was Italian, some months before the Germans.
Don’t miss near nicolis museum some vineries (like this http://www.bonazzivalpolicellawine.it/ita/photogallery.htm) and Borghetto di Vallegio sul Mincio..
Don’t hesitate to ask me more destinations.
Take a look also on castellidelducato.it.

Take more than a week to visit Italy. There is a lot to see… Ciao

Taras Odulak
Taras Odulak

That’s a finished basement…. If that were my home, I think I would move downstairs.

Richard Diver
Richard Diver

Anyone can visit the Righini Collection: http://www.righiniauto.it
They sell cars and parts, too.
Another YouTube vid (in Italian) on the collection thanks to Motor Valley:

Watch them unload a new acquisition – an F1 Ferrari driven by Villeneuve.

Yanick Kuper
Yanick Kuper

Good stuff. Was it all look but don’t touch, or did they give you guys the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of any vehicles? I’d be so tempted.

I assume this was shot right after the 1000 Miglia? Will you guys be back this year?

Iago
Iago
What a great article. This is the type of content I really like on this site. The Righini scrap yard reminds me of something I read either late last year or early this year. Apparently there was a prototype pre-war Alfa Romeo engine in a V-8 configuration found. An American collector bought the engine to put in a period correct Alfa chassis. Everyone thought the engine was seized and useless, but it turned out to be a piece of gravel stuck in the crankshaft. The gravel matched the rocks in the Righini yard so they knew it had to have… Read more »
Bertram Wooster
Bertram Wooster

So he who dies with the most (or best!) toys wins?

We have a winner!

This looks like the triple-distilled embodiment of Petrolicious’ ethos, “drive tastefully.” It can’t get any closer to the bullseye than a fleet of historic Italian cars, in survivor condition, in a castle on the Lombardy Plain.

On a clear night, if you listen closely enough, you can hear the moans of envious agony from collectors around the world…

Mate Kosor
Mate Kosor

Mario’s father was one smart man. What an absolute beautiful collection, with such a fantastic setting.

Charles Brandi
Charles Brandi

What an amazing collection and in such a lovely setting. This is so very Italian, to acquire these amazing cars and just park them in an old building, though this is a villa worthy of the treasures within. I’m glad to know these cars weren’t destroyed for scrape metal.

Conni Menschel
Conni Menschel

Hi,

the collection is great. Thanks a lot for sharing it. I would also love to see the video, but youtube says, that it does not exist.

Best regards and Happy New Year

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

The video works if you go to Petrolicious’ You Tube channel. Something not quite right in the embed code I guess?

Any more pictures of the Daytona tucked away at the back? Unusual front end treatment on that car.

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