Among the highlights of the Ferrari celebration:
Seven Ferraris were stolen during the 10 days of celebration, including four 512s, two F40s and one Testarossa. Thieves made off with the cars after they were left unattended by Italian, German and Dutch collectors.
A US collector saw a car in a CNN television report that he claimed was stolen from him in 1977. The current owner, UK resident Carlos Monteverde, is a well-known Ferrari client who reportedly was able to show documents proving that the car was not stolen.
Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro was scheduled to give a short speech and have a brief look at the Ferraris in Rome's Dei Marmi stadium, then leave for other official duties. Security officers planned for a half hour visit, but Scalfaro stayed more than an hour, looked at almost all the cars and nearly drove his security men crazy.
The estimated value of the 271 cars that came from 24 nations to be displayed in Rome was L500-800 billion ($300-470 million).
Among the highlights was a 375 MM spider that was a gift from the movie director Roberto Rossellini to the actress Ingrid Bergman. The car was built in 1954 by Pininfarina. It is painted a metallic champagne color, and it features pop-up front headlights. Some say it was the first car in the world to use them.
The oldest Ferrari on display was the AAC 815 that Alberto Ascari drove in the 1940 MilleMiglia. After he left Alfa, Enzo Ferrari was forbidden to use his name on racing cars for four years. AAC stands for Auto Avio Costruzioni.
The old MilleMiglia roads were used to drive 140 of the 271 cars displayed in the stadium from Rome to Maranello.
More than 10,000 people listened to Gino Paoli, Chris Rea, Roxette and Alessandro Bergonzoni at the Formula One cars and music show at Braglia Stadium in Modena.