Always held a fascination for the mysterious GTO prototype, ‘Il Papera’ (The Duck). If any car proves the mastery of Giotto Bizzarrini and the Maranello boys it’s this one. Legend has it that Jaguar’s launch of the E-type at the 1961 Geneva motor show had Enzo Ferrari impressed and rattled in equal measures, and he immediately instructed his best engineer - Bizzarrini - to set about building a top secret car that would beat it. Bizzarrini locked himself and a handful of his preferred engineers in a workshop, along with Enzo’s old daily driver, a 1956 250 GT Boano. Then they started hacking it to bits. There was no forward planning, no artists’ drawings, and absolutely no budget for new parts; there was just a man with vision and a select team of the world’s most skilled artisans who could create it. They cut and shortened the chassis, lowered and moved the engine position right back and fitted a fully tuned #6carb Testa Rossa unit. Then they stretched a super thin aluminium body over it which had been beaten out over tree stumps. In a matter of days they produced this lithe and wicked masterpiece, which would serve as the prototype to the most successful racing car in history. The tragic end of the story is that, just months after its completion, Bizzarrini and Enzo Ferrari had a bitter falling out, and instead of Bizzarrini keeping the car as had been agreed, Il Papera was destroyed.