When the Ferrari paraded the new Enzo Ferrari out in front of the masses at the Paris Auto Show in 2002, it was a special appearance for the limited edition that would only see production through 2004 with a total of just 493 examples ever produced. Pininfarina designer Ken Okuyama did the honors in creating the concept for the tribute to its namesake, the founder, and creator of the Ferrari legacy, Enzo Ferrari.
A Masterpiece that pays tribute to the master
The first Ferrari Enzo was endowed with a 12 cylinder engine that fully utilized Formula One technology as evidenced in its carbon fiber body and the same materials reinforcing the silicon carbide ceramic composite disc brakes. An F-1 electrohydraulic shift transmission and a little something outside of the ox such as the active aerodynamics along with the traction control that isn’t allowed in Formula One. It grabbed the best that the world had to offer at the time without regard to fitting into anyone’s preconceived notion of what it should be.
This Sports car inherited its 2 door body style from the Berlinetta with a rear mid-engine layout in rear wheel drive. It was preceded by the Ferrari F50 and would be succeeded by the LaFerrari in just a few short years, but it made an impressive appearance on the world scene and made us remember to whom we owe our thanks for the automotive sports wonders so highly desired throughout the planet. The name still stands on its own.
Horses in the stable
The powertrain features a 6.0 liter Tipo F140 B V 12 engine that was paired with a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission. When it came to performance, the Enzo put on an impressive show rocketing from zero to 60 mph in a mere 3.14 seconds. It only took 6.6 seconds to hit 100 mph from a standstill, taking out a quarter mile of track in 11 seconds. The top speed recorded for this firecracker was officially recorded at 221 mph. Of course, the tradeoff for this impressive burst of speed and power is a fuel economy rating of just 7 mpg in the city and 12 on the highway with a combined rating of 8 mpg. The V12 placed in the Enzo earned the distinction of being the leader in a new generation for the brand. It took its inspiration from Maserati’s Quattroporte with the basic design standards and bore spacing. This is the design that would make former layouts obsolete in those seeking to achieve contemporary status.
The count was on
At the time of the production of the first Enzos, a total production number of 399 was released as the official tally. The asking price was $659,330 in USD. These were first made available to the owners of previous purchases, namely those who had bought the F40 and F50 Ferraris. These special customers were given the first opportunity to choose from the limited supply prior to opening sales up to everyone else.
The Enzo was only intended to be around through 2004. Keeping the production numbers under 500 was an intentional act to preserve the special appeal of the celebratory model. The Enzo, like the master who first laid the dreams for the team that perpetuates the prancing horse, would soon cease production. Enzo Ferrari’s dream remains embodied in each of the limited edition vehicles that grace the planet as reminders of his great contributions to the automobile industry and for automotive racing throughout the world.
2003-20044 Enzo Ferrari
The last production model of the Enzo was made in 2004 and the number 400 was gifted to the Vatican as a charity act. It would later sell at a Sotheby’s auction hauling in a donation of $ 6 million for the church. Documentation supports a total of 493 Enzo Ferarris were made in total. Another Enzo was sold in 2005 bringing in $236,000.
Prior to making its debut at Paris, the new 2002 Enzo was flown to the US from Italy for a special appearance in the “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” film and actress Demi Moore took it for a spin on the beach. It returned after filming to make its important date in France and the rest is history.