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1988: Death of the Legendary Enzo Ferrari

1988: Death of the Legendary Enzo Ferrari
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  • Historical event:
  • 14 August 1988
  • To honor its founder after his death, the Ferrari factory named the high-end supercar Ferrari Enzo after him. Only 400 of those vehicles were produced and today they are considered to be collectable items. Interestingly, the last, 400th, Enzo was donated to charity.

On this day the famous Italian automobile designer Enzo Ferrari died. 

He died in the town of Maranello, known to many car enthusiasts as the headquarters of the Ferrari factory. The town is located not far from Modena, Enzo’s home town. Ferrari died at the age of 90 years, after a long and successful career, both in business and racing.

After his death, to honor its founder, the Ferrari factory named the high-end supercar Ferrari Enzo after him. Only 400 of those vehicles were produced and today they are considered to be collectors’ items. Interestingly, the last 400th Enzo was donated to the Vatican for charity and was later sold for $1.1 million at a Sotheby’s auction.

Under Enzo’s leadership, Ferrari won the World Championship in Formula 1 eight times. Interestingly, the Italian Grand Prix in Formula 1 was held just weeks after Ferrari’s death. Ferrari conveniently won first and second place at that Grand Prix, with drivers Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto. It was the most beautiful homage to the late “il Commendatore”.

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