Enzo Ferrari once said, “I don’t sell cars; I sell engines. The cars I throw in for free since something has to hold the engines in.” And there’s no doubt Ferrari put all his heart and soul into making beautiful cars to hold those engines, but then again, he did need something worthy to frame the true masterpiece under the hood.
You’ll find that if a car’s engine — as well as the bay it sits in — is beautiful, then the rest of the car’s design follows suit. And since most of a car’s moving parts are under the hood, there are infinite possibilities for creative use of space and masterful design work. That’s why it’s a shame to see most modern manufacturers cover up the engine with cheap plastics and crowd the engine bay with machine-stamped, mass-produced parts all in the name of efficiency. These are our 15 favorite
engine bays mechanical canvases of all.