Two additions to my Ferrari library arrived this week: “Original Ferrari V8” by Keith Bluemel and “Inside Ferrari” by Michael Degni.
Bluemel’s “Original Ferrari V8” is a seminal work, that while not thorough enough, nor accurate enough, to be a real restoration guide, is about the best book widely available on these cars. Prices for this book reached $200 in 2015 but prices have since retreated. I paid around MSRP ($40) for this copy to replace a previous copy I had sold several years ago.
However, the more interesting book of the two is Degni’s “Inside Ferrari. This is an informal history of the company and its facilities/factories rather than the man himself or his cars and
There are two chapters documenting the Modena, then Maranello factories from 1929-1959 and another from 1960-1990. As such, the book is a perfect accompaniment to Ludvigsen’s “Ferrari The Factory – Maranello’s Secrets 1950-1975” since it covers the period of rapid industrialization at Maranello in the 80s that Ludvigsen’s does not.
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There are separate chapters on the foundry – the historical heart of the Maranello factory, and the construction of the engines – the heart of each Ferrari that roles out of the factory. A separate chapter documents F40 production since that represented a significant deviation from the main V8 and V12 production lines in 1989 when many of the photos for the book were taken.
“Inside Ferrari” is currently a bargain; listed at $5-$10 second-hand on Amazon. Any vintage Ferrari enthusiast would do well to add it to his or her library in my
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