Enzo Ferrari was laid to rest in his family’s tomb, near the Ferrari plant in Modena, in 1988 at the age of 90 shortly after giving his blessing to the famous Ferrari F40 supercar. Ferrari rested here peacefully up until recently.
According to Reuters, this past Tuesday Italian investigators stated that they had successfully interceded in a conspiracy to abscond with Enzo’s body and hold it for ransom.
Details were scarce. Police in Nuoroa City in Sardinia, Italy revealed only that they discovered the plot during an investigation into arms and drug trafficking in the region. Police said during a news conference that the gang suspected to be responsible for the plot was going to demand a ransom from either the Ferrari family or the supercar company itself, after exhuming Ferrari’s body and stealing away with it.
No other details, bizarre or otherwise, were available at the time.
Through the 70’s Enzo Ferarri and the racing team continued to win championships and innovate new racing vehicles and receive honors from the Italian government. In 1987 Enzo would commission his last car, the F40. In 1988 Enzo Ferrari dies at the age 90.
In 1993 the hiring Jean Todt as Sporting Director revitalized the F1 racing team. Sporting Director Michael Schmaucher helped earn the team three wins in 1996. Schmaucher and the F1 team continued to take home championships in the early new century.
Today Ferrari, the “prancing pony,” remains emblematic of style, fashion, speed and championship racing. There vehicle line is much desired the world over and through the decades have been featured in pop media from movies to music videos to video games. Many gear-heads fascinated with speed remain fascinated with Ferrari as the spirit of Enzo lives on into the 21st century.
The Victor crew continues with more information about Enzo Ferrari and his contributions to the car world.
Throughout the decades after the release of the 125 S Ferrari would become name chiseled in the stone of of racing legend. In 1952 Ferrari become World Champions for the first time thanks to Alberto Ascari and again in 1953. Also in 1952 Enzo Ferrari is made a Cavaliere del Lavoro for his services to the industry and to help enhance Italy’s international reputation.
The next decade or so would see continued success, but not without hardship. 1956 was a tough year for Enzo personally, his much-loved son Dino would die from his life long battle with muscular dystrophy. Enzo and Dino had been working on a new1500cc V6 engine and Enzo kept him on the design team right up until the end. 10 months later the engine was completed—this and every other V6 engine ever created by Ferrari have been named after Dino in his honor.
The 60’s saw Ferrari company become a Limited Liability Company and Enzo would be given an honorary degree in mechanical engineering by Bologna University. The United Nations would give Enzo a Hammarskjöld prize. Enzo builds a professional and artisanship training institute dedicated to Dino.
However, 1961 would be a year of great loss for the company as tensions between Enzo’s wife Laura (who helped run the company) and long time sales manager Girolamo Gardini would cause the walk out of not only Gardini, but the racing team manager, the chief engineer and experimental race car development chief. This group of ousted employees would go on to immediately form a rival company know as ATS. Some cite Enzo’s strong personality as another reason for the so-called “great walkout”.
Despite these setbacks Enzo Farrari continued to win races, grow his brand and increase the legend of the “prancing pony”.
How far back must on look to find the origin of the prancing horse now worth multi-millions? If we go all the way back to the beginning, we have to go all the way back to 1898 when Enzo Ferrari was born. Like many great men, Ferrari’s past is littered with interesting career trail markers as he was not always the racing and car making legend we know him as today.
He had many aspirations and odd jobs before making the pages of racing history. As children will, Ferrari had many varying aspirations—everything from journalism to that of an opera signer. He also worked as an instructor for a fire brigade’s garage, shoed mules in World War I and after the war was a test driver of cars constructed from modified Lancia light trucks, a job which introduced him to some famous race car drivers. These modified vehicles were the highly regarded Torpedos. Ferrari took this after attempting to get a job at Fiat.
Just a year afterward getting this job Ferrari goes to Milan to work for Construzioni Meccaniche Nazionali as a test driver. It was 1919 at the Parma-Poggio di Berceto hill-climb race that Ferrari makes his racing debut taking 4th place.
Between this time and 1947 Enzo Ferrari enjoys a healthy racing career. In the early 40’s Enzo Ferrari turns his racing passions toward building his own cars. Though slowed by the World War, Ferrari eventually releases his first car, 125 S in 1947.