Jay Leno Drives The Cheapest Ferrari Enzo Ever Made
This ugly Ferrari Enzo replica is based on the Pontiac Fieroby Ciprian Florea, on
Named after the company’s founder, the Ferrari Enzo was produced in only 399 units and it’s one of the most desirable modern supercars. Currently valued at more than $2 million on the auction market, the Enzo isn’t the type of car most of us can afford.
But while we’re happy with just seeing it at car event or in YouTube videos, some guy took matter in his own hands and built an Enzo from a Pontiac Fiero. As you might have already guessed, the result is horrendous. But there’s a twist to the story and Jay Leno reveals it in his latest video.
Leno discovered the car at the Galpin Auto Sports dealership in Van Nuys, California, where it’s displayed alongside an impressive lineup of performance vehicles.
Apparently, this car remained forgotten on a field for a decade until it ended up on eBay. The current owner doesn't know the origin of the car, but he restored it and turned it into a celebrity car by showing it at The Quail Motorsports Gathering in Monterey.
The interesting part of the story is that The Quail is a highly exclusive, invitation-only event. There’s no place for a "frankenenzo" like this at The Quail, but the owner wanted to get it there as a joke. And a series of mistakes, including the organizers not verifying if the entry is an actual Ferrari Enzo, led to this ugly car being displayed at The Quail.
Surprisingly enough, the organizers didn’t reject the entry when they realized that it’s an awful copy of the mighty Enzo, so the modded Pontiac spent the day at The Quail.
The car gained some notoriety for this and it now ended up on Jay Leno’s Garage. Now that’s something cars a lot cooler than this can’t brag about.
The Pontiac Fiero has a history with Ferrari knock-offs
This isn’t the first Ferrari kit built out of a Pontiac Fiero. We’ve seen replicas of many iconic Ferrari models built on this platform, including the F40, the Testarossa, and the Ferrari 328 GTB. What’s more, the Fiero has been used for replicas from other brands over the years. We’ve seen bad replicas of the Lamborghini Countach and Murcielago, Porsche 911 GT3, Ford GT, and even a few of the Bugatti Veyron.
The Pontiac Fiero was a short-lived sports car that GM built from 1983 to 1988. It featured a mid-engined layout and was powered by either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 2.8-liter V-6. The most powerful version came with 135 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque.
Although it featured a light, composite body, the Fiero featured a heavy spaceframe that took total weight at around 2,700 pounds. A bit too much for its engines. Pontiac built a little more than 370,000 units and many of them were modified with body kits and bigger engines.