Beautiful Details From the Ferrari Museum
Photography by Christian Baumann for Petrolicious
Depending on whom you believe, conventional wisdom or master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, either the devil or god is in the details. Checking out this photo set, we’re inclined to agree with the latter. These photos were shot at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, next door to the famed factory. Highlighting different components of each car, they help to capture the essence of Ferrari: polished aluminum and steel, searing blood-red paint, and mechanical details that speak to a champion’s racing heritage.
Among the Museum’s collection are legendary F1 cars, resilient endurance champs, icons of style such as the 275, even the little Dino gets its moment. And throughout the collection, Enzo Ferrari’s vision is evident. Turn one way and you see an F40, then look back and there is Mr. Nigel Mansell’s Formula One car. Of particular interest to race fans is that every single Scuderia F1 car to have won the World Championship since 1999 is on display (yes, all of Michael Schumacher’s Championship winning Ferraris are here). As is American Phil Hill’s Championship-winning 156, Mario Andretti’s 312, Alberto Ascari’s 375 Indy racer, and the dominant 333SP is here too.
But it’s not just racers. As mentioned there is an F40, but there are others such as a 512 Berlinetta Boxer, a Daytona, and a 500 Superfast too; the collection seems to include all of their significant road-going cars as well. If you happen to be in Northern Italy then we heartily recommend a visit as there simply is no substitute for seeing the collection in person, especially if you count yourself as a tifosi. And yet, modern technology does allow you to get a much better flavor from afar than was ever possible: allow Google to open the door, virtually, here. But if you’re headed to Maranello, you can find it here and feel free to share your photos and story with us when you return!