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Enzo Ferrari on the Jaguar E-Type

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  1. Smiles

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    I apologize, Ed. I’ve misplaced the book.

    I’ll look closer when I find it again. I read it quickly but pretty thoroughly, if only because that was the sole reason I bought the book in the first place.

    I think my October 5 post, #7 above, was accurate in my findings.

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    And mine’s the English copy.

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    Thanks for clarifying, Matt. I've ordered an Italian copy to review next week. Will let you know what I find.

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    Great. Please do..

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    I finally found it. Page 166 of the English hardback:

    “When the E Type Jaguar cabriolet came out, he told me he considered it to be the most beautiful car in the world, but then he also told me that he wanted a Rolls-Royce, but could not afford it.”

    Rancati’s own words, not a direct quotation. And pretty much out of any relevant context. The previous paragraph was on Enzo’s desire to be prepared for meetings, the following paragraph on how he still found women interesting.

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    I’m still in denial though!

    :)

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    Well... all that shows so far is that it's in the English translation. Even if it's also in the Italian, that's pretty weak as evidence goes (and most likely the recent 'recollections' by people who were there in period are probably based on the book's claim as well).

    However, the really interesting thing will be if it's *not* in the Italian original. Watch this space.

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    This is indeed on page 166 of Gino Rancate, of the English language hard bound book "Enzo Ferrari the Man" published by Haynes in 1988.

    The previous book, in Italian, was Gino Rancati, Ferrari, Lui published by Sonzogno in a paper back book in 1977.
    Towards the bottom of of the last paragraph on page 164 appears

    "Quando esce la Jaguar E Type cabriolet mi dice che la considera la piu bella automobile del mondo, e anche che
    vorrebbe possedere una Roll Royce ma non puo permettersela."

    Admittedly not knowing much Italian, it looks to me that the English and Italian sentences say the same thing.
     
  10. Smiles

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    Thank you for that.

    So Again it’s Rancati’s loose recollection and not a direct quote. It sounds rather glib and not too serious, especially when the line about wanting a Rolls-Royce if he could only afford it is in the same sentence.

    It’s also interesting that it’s only in Rancati’s book, and doesn’t appear anywhere else. No other biographers, and no other contemporary sources.

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  11. Smiles

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    And the cabriolet?

    Surely the fixed head coupe is more beautiful!

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    Well, if he said that about the OTS (and I for one have no reason to doubt Mr. Rancati's recollection), just imagine how effusive he would have been if he had seen the FHC!! :D
     
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    If only Enzo Ferrari could have afforded one!

    :)

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