ENZO FERRARI LOVED HIS PEUGEOTS

Recently http://www.curbsideclassic.com published an article about the relation between Enzo Ferrari and his Peugeot. Below you will find a part of this article, interview with Enzo's driver, translated by http://www.curbsideclassic.com/.

When did you start with Ferrari ? In 1966, at that time I saw Enzo Ferrari using a 404 saloon for his daily transportation.

Driven by a driver ? He always drove with a person who, from February 1969 until August 1988 when he died, was me. Up to 1972 he drove, and I was next to him; then because of a knee problem, he decided that I would always drive.

Did you go far with the car ? It was used for local trips up to 200-300 kilometres, like for instance going to the Monza racetrack.

How was the 404 saloon ? It was metallic grey with beige leather upholstery and radio. The steering wheel had been changed for a Nardi special, and fog lights from a Lancia Flaminia were installed in front. Ferrari and Mini CooperFerrari with F1 driver John Surtees.

What other car was Enzo Ferrari using daily ? In winter, mostly with snow, he preferred a front-wheel drive, a Mini Cooper given to him by Alec Issigonis, father of the Mini. He also had a Ferrari 365GT, which used mostly as a demonstrator.

How did Enzo Ferrari first begin to appreciate Peugeot cars ? Pininfarina and Ferrari He had a very close relationship with Pininfarina, who designed the Peugeot; and Martino Severi the Interauto Peugeot dealer, delivered them to him.

I had heard that there were relatives who first made him appreciate the Peugeot ? A sister of his wife was living in Marseille or Nice, and it is possible that she went to Modena with a Peugeot.

For how long was the Peugeot 404 Enzo Ferrari’s daily car ? Shortly after I arrived in 1969 it was replaced by a 504 saloon, in dark blue metallic with beige interior without sunroof and without modifications. He often drove it with me next to him and sometimes a bodyguard on the back seat.

Was it followed by other Peugeot ? Yes, in 1970 or 1971 arrived a 504 coupé first model blue with a blue velvet interior, a very comfortable and reliable car. The car was changed around 1973 and then we used cars from the Fiat group.

Peugeot 404 coupé

Peugeot 404 coupé

How did Enzo Ferrari first begin to appreciate Peugeot cars ? Pininfarina and Ferrari He had a very close relationship with Pininfarina, who designed the Peugeot; and Martino Severi the Interauto Peugeot dealer, delivered them to him.

I had heard that there were relatives who first made him appreciate the Peugeot ? A sister of his wife was living in Marseille or Nice, and it is possible that she went to Modena with a Peugeot.

For how long was the Peugeot 404 Enzo Ferrari’s daily car ? Shortly after I arrived in 1969 it was replaced by a 504 saloon, in dark blue metallic with beige interior without sunroof and without modifications. He often drove it with me next to him and sometimes a bodyguard on the back seat.

Was it followed by other Peugeot ? Yes, in 1970 or 1971 arrived a 504 coupé first model blue with a blue velvet interior, a very comfortable and reliable car. The car was changed around 1973 and then we used cars from the Fiat group.

Article Enzo Ferrari favorite car Peugeot

Article Enzo Ferrari favorite car Peugeot

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fabrizio 71 12/19/2013 21:58

ciao a tutti, condivido che le peugeot sono ottime auto, io ho 1 . 207 diesel ed è veramente 1 auto affidabile e sicura, silenziosa e potente, rombante come 1 leone furioso e dotata di tutti i comfort ad un prezzo stracciato, così a buon mercato che solo la peugeot è così buona da venderle ad un prezzo simile, ipercompetitivo, senza paragoni e poi le verniici sono stupendamente bellissime e luccican ti. Io ho scelto Peugeot 2anni fa e ne sono contentissimo, provare per credere..!!!
Grazie Peugeot, nella mia auto mi sento al sicuro... ;)