Cavalleria Series

Giorgio Perfetti collection

When Italian billionaire Giorgio Perfetti wanted to have some documentation on his Ferrari collection, he did not cut any corner. He commissioned a bunch a renowned motorsports authors and a professional studio photographer to create a series of 15 books.

Ferrari collector and Italian billionaire Giorgio Perfetti and his brother Augusto inherited the successful family ‘Perfetti’ business. Their father Ambrogio and uncle Egidio started the company in 1946 as a chewing gum business in a small town near Milan. The second generation Perfetti brothers acquired Netherlands-based Van Nelle and Spanish Chupa Chups thus becoming the world’s third largest confectionery manufacturer.

In the early 1990’s Giorgio Perfetti start acquiring cars for his collection of classic competition Ferraris. The task of researching the cars and writing these books was assigned to a group of renowned motorsports authors like Christian Huet, Doug Nye, Antoine Prunet, and David G. Seibert. Other experts like Jean sage were attracted to add their eye-witness experience on certain cars. Professional car photographer Pietro Carrieri was trusted to shoot the whole collection in a studio.

Each hardcover book (protected by a dustcover) details the history of one of Perfetti’s cars and their sister-cars. The books were published between 1993 and 1996 and have been sold out for over 20 years. In 1997 the serie was extended with a third book, detailing the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Spider California but for some unknown reason, the design diverts from it’s precursors. Nowadays complete sets are fetching high bids at auctions worldwide.

Cavalleria Series publications

Book Published Car Chassis
1 July 1993 1970 Ferrari 512 S&M 1014
2 October 1993 1972 Ferrari 312 P/B 0896
3 February 1994 1952 Ferrari 500 F2 0186 F
4 April 1994 1951 Ferrari 375 F1 002
5 May 1994 1990 Ferrari F40 LM 88521
6 July 1994 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus 0392 AM
7 November 1994 1957 Ferrari 315 S 0656
8 January 1995 1958 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 0746
9 April 1995 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0732 TR
10 July 1995 1966 Dino 206 S Berlinetta 0852/002
1966 Dino 206 S Spider 004
11 November 1995 1966 Ferrari 330 P3/412 P 0848
12 February 1996 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB Competizione 2939 GT
13 April 1996 1995 Ferrari 333 SP 007
14 August 1996 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO 3869 GT
15 October 1996 1964 Ferrari 250 LM 6313
16 March 1997 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Spider California 3995 GT