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Did the Ferraris in the book come from the factory with Chevy engines?

No, they were installed later in the U.S. or other places outside of Italy.

Why were the Ferrari engines replaced?
Two basic reasons, in race cars to get more power and reduce maintenance costs, in street cars to keep them on the road when the Ferrari engine needed expensive repairs.

What happened to the Ferrari motors?
Often they were set aside and later reunited with the original car as the cars increased in value. Many have been restored and sold for several million dollars.

Are there any Chevy powered Ferraris still around?
Of the ones covered by the book, only a couple still have Chevy engines; however, there are other later model Ferraris that still have Chevy power.

Were other American engines used in the earlier Ferraris?
Yes, several had Ford engines, a few had Buick power, at least one had a Chrysler and one had an Offenhauser. The former Offy powered Ferrari is currently on display at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen (www.racingarchives.org). It has been beautifully restored with a Ferrari engine.

What is the significance of the word "Bowtie" in the title of the book and why is it spelled that way?
The term "Bowtie" is synonymous with Chevrolet and describes the Chevy emblem (not bow tie neck wear). It is a trademarked term used with the permission of General Motors. Page 12 of the book explains the origins of the term.