Books about cars are plentiful, and there are some wonderful marque and model histories that are very much sought after by collectors. This latest book is so much more. It’s not a book about cars, it’s a book about – for many people – the only cars worth reading about: Ferraris.
Published by renowned publishing house Taschen, which specialises in tomes of this type, ‘Ferrari’ is a very special publication indeed, featuring extremely rare photographs and images from the Ferrari archives and from private collections across the world.
‘Ferrari’ is a magnificent volume covering the history of the company from its inception in 1947 – hence it will be limited to just 1947 copies – and comes in two different formats. 250 copies will come with a beautifully conceived stand and bookcases, designed to replicate a Ferrari V12 engine by renowned artist Marc Newson.
A highly respected industrial designer, Newson is also an enthusiastic racer of his collection of vintage machinery, so is a fine choice for what is a quite spectacular stand and case. All copies of the book are signed by Piero Ferrari, the only surviving son of company founder Enzo Ferrari.
The 250 ‘Art’ copies are also signed by the late Sergio Marchionne, the former CEO of Ferrari who sadly died just last week, as well as by John Elkann, Chairman of the company. The opportunity to own such a book – which in addition to the wealth of rare photos, drawings and documents relating to both road and race Ferraris also includes a comprehensive list of all Ferrari victories since 1947 – will be pounced upon by serious collectors, especially with the ‘Art’ copies costing some $30,000.
This is undoubtedly the finest book ever published on Ferrari and its history, and complete with the stand and case would make a very fine centrepiece for any Ferrari collection.