Monday, December 15, 2014
One More From The Ferrari "All Hat, No Cattle" Department
A footnote to my recent post about the Ferrari 312 Formula 1 car: apparently Enzo Ferrari once said "Aerodynamics are for constructors who can't do engines." Or he might have said "Handling is for constructors who can't do engines." He put so many cattle... er... ponies... into the 410 S that he needed the biggest hat seen then or since.
It's interesting that Enzo Ferrari is quoted so often, a quarter-century after his death. I recently saw the same quote in two different places by fans of the XK-E, that Enzo said it was the most beautiful car ever made. The likes Colin Chapman, Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche, Ferruccio Lamborghini, David Brown, and William Lyons should be so lucky. Of course Enzo knew how to turn a colorful phrase--perhaps better than any other auto magnate except Henry Ford. Both said some outrageous things, but Enzo had the good sense to confine his pronouncements to cars.