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We are visiting Florence next week, plan on taking the train to Bologna and visiting the Righini collection if they respond to my email.
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.
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 !!!
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…
Wow, what a collection, can’t believe I didn’t know about this, I feel another trip to Bologna coming, great food and cars 🙂
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.
It shouldn’t. We will take a look into it.
Just added another stop on my trip to Italy . Can’t wait to see this collection!
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
That’s a finished basement…. If that were my home, I think I would move downstairs.
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.
Is this my old friend in Toronto?
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?
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 »
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…
Mario’s father was one smart man. What an absolute beautiful collection, with such a fantastic setting.
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.
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
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.