Rosso Corsa, UK supplied, low miles – but that's not the really special bit…
By Matt Bird / Thursday, 19 May 2022 / Loading comments
There’s no easy way to say this, so here it comes bluntly: the Ferrari Enzo is now 20 years old. Yes, really. Though the first drives were in 2003, the F50’s replacement was shown to the world at the 2002 Paris motor show. Which is a heck of a long time ago.
You might go so far as to call the Enzo a classic Ferrari now. It’s as old as the McLaren F1 was in 2012, or the F40 in 2007 – plenty has happened since its launch. And while it can be hard to look on cars with paddles as classics already, there’s plenty about the Enzo to remind us of days gone by. The gearbox is certainly one of them, because automated manuals are very old hat these days – although the engine is a welcome throwback as well.
In the early 2000s, you’d think nothing of a 6.0-litre V12 powering a hypercar – now their days are very much numbered. What a V12 it was, too, Ferrari F140 unit still seeing service today in cars like the 812 Competizione in much modified form. For the Enzo, it made 660hp; barely more than a 911 Turbo S these days, but enough to be getting on with.
Having F1 influence the styling of cars dates the Enzo as well, but there’s plenty about it that keeps the old Ferrari contemporary – and hugely important to the brand, too. Nowadays indicators on the wheel still look a novelty, but here they are on a 20-year-old supercar, along with vital buttons on the spokes. It’s not quite a manettino, but it’s not far off – and you can’t imagine modern Ferrari without the little jelly bean.
Similarly, this was a car with carbon ceramic brakes, active aero and a flat underfloor – all familiar supercar tech in 2022, but a big deal at the start of the millennium. Sometimes it can feel that the Enzo isn’t as revered as the ‘F1 engine in a road car’ F50 and wild hybrid LaFerrari, yet there can be no doubting its significance in the Ferrari hypercar hierarchy.
This one is even more special than most. It’s a UK supplied car, for starters, one of just 31 allocated for us out of the 399 production run. Owned by what the advert describes as a “well-known Ferrari collector and enthusiast”, they even had pals amongst the F1 team and factory staff. Which would explain the spec…
Of course, red is no real surprise, but look under the bonnet and you’ll see the signatures of members of the 2004 Ferrari F1 team – a special request of that original owner. So there’s Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and more besides. This one even has ‘Enzo Ferrari’ stitched into the seats and a diamond quilted rear panel “inspired by the 250 GTO.” That’s a very, very special Ferrari customer.
This 2004 Enzo is now 13,000 miles old and is being offered following a no expense spared prep for the new owner. Looks stunning, right? The passage of 20 years has arguably softened what was a controversial look, and the condition is evidently second-to-none. Which is reflected in the asking price: it’s yours for £2,849,990. But then the best never did come cheap; especially not when we’re talking Ferrari’s best…
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