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Il Cavallino manager’s Ferrari automobilia collection going to auction

Giuseppe Neri managed Enzo Ferrari’s favorite restaurant for 36 years


Ferrari fans know Il Cavallino, the restaurant in Modena, Italy, favored by Enzo Ferrari. They also likely know that the restaurant was managed for 36 years by Giuseppe Neri. Now, they may be excited to learn that Neri’s collection of Ferrari automobilia is being offered for auction February 6 at a special Ferrari Automobilia sale by Artcurial Motorcars.

Neri, who died in 2020, was born in Modena in 1938 and grew up in his family’s construction business. In the 1970s, under Neri’s leadership, that business expanded to include restaurants. 

Neri also grew up as a Ferrari fan, though it wasn’t until the 1970s that Neri and Ferrari met on a construction project commissioned by Ferrari. A friendship was founded. Neri organized the first Ferrari Day in 1982 and fed lunch to 2,000 people. 

Two years later, Ferrari asked Neri to handle the renovation of Il Cavallino, the restaurant located near the factory at Maranello. Neri became the restaurant manager, a role he held until January 2020. 

Alan Prost car bodywork from 1990 season

Among the items going to auction from Neri’s collection are the engine and monocoque (separate lots) from the F1 412 T2 driven by Gerhard Berger in 1995, pieces of bodywork from the 641 raced by Alain Prost in 1990, an engine cover from a F-2002, and a Michael Schumacher helmet from the 2005 season.

Also going up for bidding is a collection of items from another consignor including spare parts, tools and technical manuals from the automaker’s workshops.

To view the docket, visit the Artcurial Motorcars website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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