THESE FERRARI COLOURS ARE NAMED AFTER FAMOUS RACEHORSES AND NOBODY KNOWS WHY
The 365 GT 2+2 pictured was recently for sale with O Davis Cars in the UK, and its official factory colour name is 'Grigio Le Sancy'. That names sounds odd, although less so when you consider that some other four-seat Ferraris were painted in colours such as 'Nero Dark Ronald', 'Arancio Vaguely Noble', 'Avorio Le Tetrarch' and 'Giallo My Swallow'.
While that all sounds rather exotic for a list that amounts to 'black, orange, ivory and yellow', the words after the colours are not as random as they seem. In fact, they're all the names of famous racehorses.
If you speak to Ferrari experts, they'll tell you that they've only ever seen these paint names on Pininfarina-built cars from very late 1968 up to about 1989 (i.e. the end of the 412 model run). But when asked to explain *why* they were named this way, nobody - and I do mean nobody - has so far been able to say with any certainty why it happened.
I asked Ferrari. I asked Pininfarina. I assumed that somewhere in a factory archive there might be a note explaining this temporary tradition. Perhaps someone in a marketing role had come up with it and wrote their idea down on a memo to their boss? It appears not. Near-identical responses came back: "We've got no idea."
So now it's over to you. Do you know something that most Ferrari experts - not to mention Pininfarina and Ferrari themselves - don't? If you've got a tip, post it in the comments.