Pride doesn’t always get the best press. It’s in the top seven on the deadly sins chart, making it widely considered something to steer clear of. Pride is important, though; you just need to do it right. It’s not about putting yourself on a pedestal. It’s about placing value in something, and in our throwaway culture that can be easily overlooked.

A beautiful illustration of this concept is the Ferrari 250 GTO. Everything about this stunning vehicle glows with pride. The design, the craftsmanship, the racetrack prizes. They all speak for themselves. Not to mention Enzo Ferrari’s personal approval of each and every owner of this automobile.

It’s easy to look back on the past through rose tinted glasses, but some things were better in days gone by. Mass manufacturing brought an end to the pride, love and care that ensured the highest quality workmanship. The 1960s produced some of the world’s greatest automobiles. Our technology is super sophisticated nowadays. Even so, cars from that era remain unsurpassed in excellence.

The pleasure and privilege of getting behind the wheel of a handmade car may be no more than a beautiful dream. You only need to look at one to get a feel for how exceptional these motors are, though. It’s something that can be translated into other areas of life. You can understand that attention to detail is worthwhile. You can see it produces something to be appreciated and admired, now and in the future.

It’s a way of looking at the world that adds meaning and value. It's at the heart of why these cars are held in such high esteem. They represent something we can all aspire to. It's not about ownership, it's about achievement. It can be the achievement of humankind or our own personal achievement. These cars are a representation of beauty, skill, and belonging. Without every person involved in the process the result would be far less magical.

Last but not least, a car like this represents freedom. The best kind of freedom. The kind that you can guide and control, giving you the possibility of mastering your own destiny.

There’s no denying that this is a car with a gorgeous body. Look beyond that, though, and you discover an entirely different kind of beauty. It highlights the best of an era. It shows the values of a generation that believed anything and everything was possible.

So, if you’re looking for inspiration, this is a pretty good place to start. It may be paradoxical to view a race car as the vehicle to help you slow down and appreciate what’s around you. Cars like this demands a level of attention that can teach us all a thing or two, though. They can teach us about creating something to believe in. They can teach us about leaving a legacy to inspire future generations. That's got to be something worth taking pride in.