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Alfa Romeo's Triumphant Return
One of the most anxiously anticipated vehicles of the past few years is Alfa Romeo’s sultry new 4C sports car. Since the first concept version bowed in 2011 this product has seemingly whipped all of automotive journalism into a froth that’s stiffer than the peaks of a baked meringue. This much-hyped and oft-delayed product is set to launch this fall and we had a brief opportunity to sample it.
Located at the actual birthplace and childhood home of Enzo Ferrari, an all-new Ferrari museum recently opened called Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena, Italy.
Unlike the Ferrari museum in Maranello however, Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari puts a focus on celebrating Enzo Ferrari’s life in addition to the exotic automobiles Ferrari produces.
Originally designed by architect Jan Kaplický, the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari project went to the capable hands of Andrea Morgante when Kaplický tragically passed away. Morgante, Kaplický’s protege, continued the project in the vision that he believes his mentor would have, but emphasized that they wanted the museum “to be more of an art gallery than a place dedicated to hard-core motoring.”
The museum is built on the same European home that Enzo Ferrari sold to finance his dreams of building exotic automobiles. A group of investors were able to convince the owners to convert it to a museum that now showcases much of Enzo’s life as both driver and builder. Some of the things visitors will be able to see include Enzo’s trademark dark sunglasses, his birth certificate, and a violet pen he used to sign contracts.
Though that may not sound overly exciting to some, there is also an exhibition center that was designed to “resemble a piece of a Ferrari.” In there will be exhibits showcasing a mix of automobiles that will change from time to time. The first exhibit is titled “The Origins of the Myth” and has a mix of Ferraris, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, and Fiats that Enzo Ferrari raced and built.
Visitors to the museum will also be able to stop at a documentation center, an education center, a conference room, a book shop, and a cafeteria. The museum will also be available for conferences, launches, and cultural events.
GALLERY: Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari
[Source: Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari]
High-end luxury cars really do inspire us. Some people take that inspiration and make other luxe products – like chairs. One such person is designer David Clark, whose new collection – the Veloce, Infiniti and Modena – takes its inspiration from a variety of luxury auto brands.
The Veloce takes its inspiration from the Alfa Romeo. Combining wood, faux leather and aluminum, the Veloce boasts detail – in fact, every aspect of this chair was sketched out and transferred to 3D Autocad design platform. It costs $973 for the frame alone, and for the completed Veloce, it will set you back $1,137.
The Modena takes its cues from Bentley’s grandeur and comfort. You can choose from side panels of natural wood or steel with artificial wooden finish. It costs $810 for the frame, and the whole seat is $973.
Porsche is the inspiration for the Infiniti, and it comes with a stainless steel frame that is super lightweight, making it ideal for the office reception or showroom floor areas. It is priced at $647 for the frame alone, and with the seat it costs $810.
[Source: Born Rich]
Who says money can’t buy… creativity? Arguably the ultimate garage we’ve ever set eyes on, this owner and collector of very fine vehicles clearly not only has taste, but the willingness to think outside the box when it comes to customizing his exotics.
But before we get to the yellow Ferrari 360 GT that’s the topic of this post, it’s worth mentioning just what resides in this garage: a Ferrari 360 Challenge, two Ferrari 360s, a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, a Ferrari F430 Spyder, a Lotus Exige, Pagani Zonda, Pagani Zonda Monza, Porsche GT3, Porsche GT3 RS, Porsche GT3 RS MK2, two Porsche Carrera GTs, a Ruf R Turbo Widebody. And missing from the photo? A few Porsche cup cars and a yellow Pagani Zonda C12S.
But of all the cars in this ridiculous garage, its the yellow Ferrari 360 GT with Chevrolet badges and ‘SS 427′ on the side that’s the most original. Apparently the owner blew the stock 360 GT powerplant while at the track (gotta respect a Ferrari-owner that takes their car to the track!) and rather than forking out the money to replace it with another Ferrari engine, he got clever. In went a fully built 427-ci Lingenfelter Performance-built power plant that pushes out over 1,000-hp.
A one of one garage that features a one of one car.
GALLERY: Chevy-Powered Ferrari Modena 360