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Museo Enzo Ferrari celebrates unique creations in special One Of A Kind exhibition

Words: Nathan Chadwick | Photography: Nathan Chadwick

The Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena, Italy has opened a new, themed exhibition entitled One Of A Kind, which celebrates not only individually specified cars, but one-off bodies and coachbuilding, too.

Many of the cars are on public display for the very first time – and if you’ve ever wondered just what the possibilities of an Atelier Ferrari might be, you can get a sense of the materials and colours available via a curated display. There’s also the chance to configure your own Purosangue, plus plenty more besides. Magneto went along to see what special sights await.

One Of A Kind celebrates not only individually specified cars, but one-off bodies and coachbuilding, too

One Of A Kind celebrates not only individually specified cars, but one-off bodies and coachbuilding, too

Ferrari’s Atelier service is one of its key brand pillars, and the eye-catching 812 Competizione that welcomes you to the collection demonstrates just what is possible; not only is the yellow paint individually chosen, but also the graphics. However, if your tastes are for something more from the 1950s and ’60s, there’s plenty to devour.

The above 166 MM features a Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera body, one of just 25 so equipped and the only one finished in two-tone teal and blue. This car was first delivered to Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli, with a long bonnet, no air scoop, a leather strap and thicker headlights.

Agnelli kept the 166 MM for two years before it was sold to Vicomte Gery d’Hendecourt, who entrusted Garage Francorchamps to upgrade it to a three-carb set-up. D’Hendecourt would drive the Ferrari in several races, sometimes with Olivier Gendebien, before selling the car to Pierre d’Haveloose in the mid-1950s. It was then owned and raced by Jean and Armand Blaton. Since then, it’s had several owners – the latest a British enthusiast who’s scooped concours awards around the globe with the car, including Best of Show at Concours on Savile Row.

It’s rare to see one green Ferrari, let alone two – but alongside a 212 Inter, this 250 GT Short Wheelbase certainly catches the eye. Presented in dark green with a black centre stripe, this car – the 57th built – is believed to have been first sold by Franco-Britannic Autos to an F Foussier, who kept it only a short time before he sold it to an F Gal, who kept it for ten years. It was then part of the Delieres Collection for 26 years. The present owner bought it in 1998.

This Ferrari 330 P4 is the first of three built, and it finished second at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours with Mike Parkes and Ludovico Scarfiotti behind the wheel. Chris Amon and Lorenzo Bandini would win the Monza 1000km with the car, before Willy Mairesse and Beurlys took third overall at Le Mans. Its later ownership includes Bernie Ecclestone and Lawrence Stroll, and it has been with its current owner since 2020.

Another former star of the Concours on Savile Row is this one-off Testarossa Spider built for Gianni Agnelli with a semi-automatic gearbox. It’s the only example officially commissioned and built in-house by Ferrari, and it features paint referencing the first two letters of Gianni’s surname (Ag) to the periodic table abbreviation for silver. Nearby, there’s an 812 GTS that pays tribute to the Testarossa Spider, with similar blue highlights around the cabin area.

Notice something slightly different about this topless model? It’s the 360 Barchetta, gifted to then-Ferrari and Fiat boss Luca Cordero di Montezemolo by Gianni Agnelli to celebrate the former’s wedding. Although very similar to the donor car, the soft-top system and roll bars have been removed, and there is a different engine cover, plus there’s a visor in place of a windscreen for better airflow over the car.

There are several more modern Atelier cars on display, but the SP3 (foreground, above) and SP1 Monza are both unique colours – the latter a matt-finish gold colour inspired by Ferrari’s racing heritage.

These are just a few of the cars on display at the exhibition, which runs until January 2025. For more details on the museum, head here. Further highlights can be seen below.

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