Between chats with reporters at a two-day Jeep press event in Balocco, Italy, last month, Sergio Marchionne took his black Ferrari Enzo for a few spins at Fiat's nearby proving grounds.
Some Fiat executives even got to ride along with the Chrysler/Fiat CEO, noting later that Marchionne got the V-12, 651-hp Enzo up to 212 mph on the straightaway at the Balocco track.
Marchionne also made good use of the Enzo's Formula One-type carbon ceramic brake discs, which permit very late braking in the corner. In fact, he carried so much speed into the turns that some passengers began to wonder if such cozy access to the boss was worth it.
After a couple of highway runs from Turin to Geneva a few years ago, Marchionne decided the Enzo was too extreme for road use. So he keeps the car in Balocco, near Milan.
Ferrari built 400 Enzos from 2002 to 2004. In the United States, the car retailed for about $660,000. But Enzos sold by owners or auctioned in the past couple of years have gone for more than $1 million.
So Marchionne not only has a splendid speed toy sitting in Balocco, but a pretty good investment, too.