Lot 189: Ferrari Enzo
650 bhp, 5,998 cc V-12 engine with double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, Bosch Motronic engine management and electronic fuel-injection, six-speed computer-controlled sequential gearbox, limited-slip differential and traction control, front and rear pushrod-actuated double wishbones with horizontal coil-spring damper units, and four-wheel, ventilated carbon-ceramic 15-inch disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 104.3" - One of only 400 built - Complete with full service history and Ferrari Classiche certification - Two-owner car from new with just 9,000 miles - Recently serviced and fully detailed Announced at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, the Enzo was created to celebrate Ferrari's return to Formula 1 dominance and coincided with Ferrari's 2002 World Championship win. It also seemed fitting to name the car in memory of the company's legendary founder, who never wavered in his commitment to racing, particularly Formula 1. At its core, the resulting supercar can be likened to Schumacher's championship-winning F1 car with a sports car body. The spec sheet certainly reads like that of an F1 car, with a carbon-fibre chassis, carbon-ceramic disc brakes and a paddle-operated six-speed gearbox. Pininfarina highlighted the Enzo's F1 heritage by incorporating a pronounced nose and giant rear air diffusers. The aerodynamic package, including computer-controlled adaptive aerodynamics, was so effective that unprecedented levels of grip were achieved with minimal drag penalties. The 5,998 cc V-12 is a paragon of engineering wizardry, producing 650 bhp and 484 pounds-feet of torque. In contemporary tests, Road & Track noted that the Enzo recorded the best acceleration figures ever for a production road car 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and the ¼-mile in 11.1 seconds at 133 mph. Testers also marvelled at the Brembo-developed, race-bred braking system, and their best 188-ft stop was another record. Yet another best was the 73-mph run through the slalom and a skid-pad reading of 1.01 g of lateral acceleration! Other road testers indicated a top speed of 218 mph. Production was very limited, and only existing Ferrari owners were invited to buy one. Just 349 cars were originally planned, all of which sold before production began. Later, after numerous requests, 50 more cars were made, bringing the total to 399, with the 400th Enzo presented to Pope John Paul II. As a two-owner car with just 9,000 miles from new, 137339 is a European-specification 2004 Enzo Ferrari finished in Rosso Corsa and includes such desirable features as a Nero hide interior, medium racing seats, a four-point safety harness, a Rosso instrument dial, Scuderia Ferrari shields and black brake callipers. Supplied new to Italy on 18 May, 2004, the first Bolognese owner acquired it and registered the car on CP 660 CJ. In October 2005, it attended the first International Enzo Ferrari Rallye at Mugello, and then in 2009, the second owner acquired 137339. The car benefits from a recent service by official Ferrari service centre Graypaul Ferrari and is fully detailed and immaculate throughout. It is also complete with its full Ferrari service history, Ferrari Classiche certification and a car cover. Ferraris have always stood proudly at the very top of the automotive food chain, and without doubt, the Enzo represents the highest-performing and most advanced model in the modern lineage of this storied marque. This car is outstanding in its cosmetic and mechanical condition, as might be expected of a car with such limited mileage and proper care. Of the 400 Enzos built, however, an alarming number have succumbed to irreversible damage at the hands of lead-footed drivers. Unmolested and properly maintained examples such as this are therefore highly desirable and worthy of very close attention.
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