I am new to this forum so don't know if there has ever been a discussion on the black 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta that was given to Henry Ford II by Ferrari. I have seen this car at Pebble Beach and it seems to be more of a luxury car than the barchettas it resembles. I don't know how well Ferrari was doing at this point, 1952, but it seems to be that gifting an entire car was a great economic sacrifice to make with no obvious return expected. Has anyone ever read or heard what Enzo expected in return? I am sure that way back in 1952 he was not yet thinking of selling off the production car side of his operation as he was a little more than ten years later when he opened negotiations with Ford to buy that portion of his business out. My theory is that he knew that Ford had giant presses and forges and other equipment that Ferrari would never be able to afford or justify purchasing and his motive was just that, in the event he needed some part made that required much more heavy duty equipment than he had, he could then call upon his new friend HFII, and ask him "please, can you knock out some differential cases,etc.?" I don't know, though, if he ever exercised this imagined option. I am not writing a specific book now , it's just that my Ferrari library is pretty small and confined to English so maybe someone reading in another language or owning more obscure books and magazines will have run across an explanation of why a man owning such a small company would give away a complete car.