The cover of this book caught my eye. As much as I love the technologically advanced new era of Ferrari, I have a warm spot in my heart for the older cars, both race and road.
The photographs in this book are outstanding. Many are from angles that catch the beautiful handiwork wrought by the craftsmen of these early machines. There is no effort to hide the effects of age on these great machines. On the contrary, there are photographs of the fuel tanks, filler caps, camshaft covers and suspensions with spots of rust and the dings of use evident in most of them.
Rather than detracting from the cars, these photos add life to them. Most of the examples in this book are in lovely shape, but many have not been completely restored - actually a great thing.
Two things may keep this from being your favorite Ferrari book. First, it contains mostly race or race/GT cars. It is not an exhaustive catalog of all Ferrari models from inception to date. Secondly, certain cars only have 1 or 2 pictures and these may not be from the most encompassing angle. Other have 6-8 photos including the classic side shot. This may be a bit frustrating for some readers, especially those not fully familiar with all the models.
The models include 375 F1, 500 F2, 375 PLUS, 750 Monza, 250 GT Tour de France, 315S/335S, 250 GT California, 250 Testa Rossa/58, 250 Testa Rosse/59, 250 GT SWB, 196 SP/246 SP, 250 GTO, 250 LeMans, 275 GTB/GTC, Dino 206S, 330 P3/412 P, 512 S/512 M, 312 PB, 512 BB LM, F40/F40 LM, F333 SP, 212 E Montagna, 312 T5 Formula 1.
The text in each section describes the racing history of each model and gives a technical description. I found a few misspellings in the first two chapters (all I have read so far) but these may be a result of translation.
Overall a handsome book that I would not hesitate to put on the coffee table. It is sure to start a conversation.