Cavallino Magazine - Issue 259
Out at Palm Beach Cavallino Classic on January 26th, 2024
Read in Cavallino Magazine issue 259
An exclusive double interview: the untold story of Luca di Montezemolo
We asked the “Presidente” Montezemolo about the extraordinarily important period (1991 to 2014) in the company’s history. In this interview, the first granted to a car magazine since 2014, the man behind Ferrari’s renaissance as a manufacturer of highly appreciated supercars and as a successful F1 team, shares some memories, behind-the-scenes insights, and personal feelings about the period now known as the Montezemolo era.
For Montezemolo, the Presidency of Ferrari was not his first stint at Maranello, as 20 years earlier he had been appointed, by Enzo Ferrari himself, as General Manager of the Scuderia’s F1 activity. That, too, was a very successful period (1973 to 1977), which we cover in a second, dedicated, interview.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT “SWB” Coupé Aerodinamico s/n 3615 GT
The “Superamerica” name tends to be associated with 4-liter Ferraris, but actually a 3-liter version was created too, based on the 250 Berlinetta “SWB”. In total, just five units were manufactured, as special cars to study aerodynamics, each one quite different from the others. They include s/n 3615 GT, a Superamerica styled body paired with a 3-liter engine, originally delivered to the son-in-law of Mrs. Lancia. The car has an intense history, featuring numerous owners, color changes, and the loss and recovery of its original engine. Now, as pictured in this issue, fresh from a painstaking restoration carried out by Strada e Corsa in the Netherlands, it is now exhibited at Palm Beach Cavallino Classic 2024: the same place and same day this issue of Cavallino, featuring it on the cover, will come out.
Tales of the road: passion and miles
The Driver: cars are meant to be driven, particularly if they are Ferraris. This is why, in Cavallino 259, we are launching a new section, called The Driver. In it, we’ll only be covering cars with substantial mileages, to prove that yes, it is possible to drive your Ferrari as much as you want and at the same time, should you wish, also keep them in concours condition. The 1984 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole featured, s/n 50301, had an amazing 239,000 miles on its clock at the time of the shoot, and still fulfils its main duty of giving its owner pleasure both on roads and on the show fields.
This year at Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, the Ferrari 308 protagonist of this story...