Jay Leno is not really a Ferrari fan. Every Ferrari that comes to his garage belongs to either a celebrity or a museum. This particular car, a 1952 Ferrari Barchetta, has actually both things going for it, as it used to belong to Henry Ford II and currently resides at Petersen Automotive Museum.
This car was a gift from Enzo Ferrari to Henry Ford as a sign of good faith when the companies started talking about a possible merger. That merger went south when Enzo decided not to sell his company, but the Barchetta remained in Ford’s possession and preserved in original condition to this day.
It is amazing that the paint, the wheels, even all the bolts on this 1952 Ferrari Barchetta are all original and all working. On originality alone, this car would fetch upwards of $20 million dollars in an auction. Add the historical significance to the equation, and we end up with a truly priceless automobile.
Ford’s 1952 Ferrari Barchetta was longer than the standard models and had special visual features, plus a race-spec V12 engine.