There are degrees to Ferrari ownership. Anyone can go in on the ground floor and come out with an official branded baseball cap. Go up to tier one, and anyone, cashflow permitting, is eligible to buy a 458 Italia or an F12 Berlinetta. It’s only then that exclusivity kicks in. You had to be invited to buy a LaFerrari, but there were 499 of them. Common as muck.
Welcome, then, to the realm beyond: Corse Clienti. Your very own Ferrari F1 car. Complete with all the associated heritage, provenance and sonic shock value, perhaps even with a world championship to its name. So far, Ferrari has allowed its most valued customers to take ownership of more than 50 of its cars, all post-1970, and allowed them to live out their Villeneuve/Berger/Schumacher (delete as appropriate) fantasies at racetracks all over the world.
And it’s not only F1 cars. Remember the Enzo-based 850bhp FXX and the later Evoluzione version? Ferrari built 32 of them (plus one more for a certain Michael Schumacher) and, a few years later, “around 35” of the 599XX. They’re part of the Corse Clienti programme too, a programme that might best be viewed as the world’s most exclusive, most revered racecar club.
And this - assuming you don’t want to take yours home with you, which Ferrari does permit - is where they’re kept, an unassuming warehouse right next door to the Fiorano circuit at Maranello. The inner sanctum.