14 of the greatest Ferraris, and a whole lot more, currently feature in the London Design Museum’s latest exhibit, Ferrari: Under the Skin
A new exhibition showcasing an estimated £140million worth of Ferraris has opened at The Design Museum in London.
: Under The Skin celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Maranello marque via 14 mouthwatering and priceless cars at the relocated museum, which is now in the former Commonwealth Institute just off Kensington High Street.
Open until April 2018 it is for the most part the same exhibition as one that has been running in Italy for the past six months.
In terms of the cars featured, visitors are greeted by an Ecurie Francorchamps Daytona in the foyer, while the timeline inside the expo starts with a recreation of the first Ferrari, a 125S, and concludes with the current LaFerrari Aperta belonging to TV personality Gordon Ramsay.
Highlights include a 250LM shell suspended from the ceiling, an ex-Peter Collins 250GT PF Cabrio plus the ex-Gianni Agnelli Testarossa that was turned into a convertible by Pininfarina. One of the real standouts was the 1961 250GT passo corto Sperimentale that ran at Le Mans in 1961 and chalked up a class win with Stirling Moss in the Daytona Continental 3 Hours the following year.
The cars are supplemented with a fascinating selection of personal letters and effects, celebrity photos, styling models and drawings, engines on stands and even a wire frame of a GTO and a full-size wooden bucks for the 365P and the 156. There is a wonderful display of race helmets from a host of Ferrari drivers including world champions Ascari, Fangio, Hawthorn, Hill, Surtees, Scheckter and Schumacher.
Design Museum founder Terence Conran said: ‘The Ferrari story is truly one of the great adventure stories of the industrial age and I am proud that we are able to tell it at The Design Museum.’
The exhibition is open daily from 10am until 15 April and tickets are £18 (adults), £13.50 (students/concessions), £9 (6-15-year olds, under 6s free). Visitors be warned: no flash photography is permitted and neither are any pictures allowed to be taken of Lord Bamford’s 1963 250GTO, slightly bizarrely considering it is surely one of the best-known examples in existence.
Words and photography: James Elliott