Some Iconic Ferraris (NYSE:RACE) of the Marque’s 70-Year History
This is Ferrari’s 70 anni celebration so we have put together a list of some of the marque’s iconic models.
Brand Finance’s Chief Executive David Haigh said “Ferrari inspires more than just brand loyalty, more of a cultish, even quasi-religious devotion”.
That is so true, I 1st read about Ferrari in a 1953 Esquire of my father’s and 14 years later I bought my 1st a 275 GTS in Fly Yellow, and I have owned them ever since.
The 250 CALIFORNIA, 1957
Thanks to Ferrari’s reputation in motor sports for 10 years, and the work of importer Luigi Chinetti, the United States became an important market.
Johnny vNeumann, the west coast dealer, thought that there was potential for an open Spider suited to the Californian sun, a sort of open 250 GT Berlinetta.
Scaglietti was therefore given the opportunity to create this now almost legendary car, building 106 of them, 9 with aluminium bodies, 4 without covered headlights. I owned one of those in the 1970’s.
275 GTB COMPETIZIONE, 1965
2 prototypes of this model were built in Y 1965. The story goes that the bodywork, created as always by Pininfarina, was supposed to have been for the new berlinetta. But, Enzo Ferrari kaboshed the proposal and the cars already built were initially put into storage.
They were later reworked and lightened to make them more suitable for racing and went on to take part in the Targa Florio, the 1000 km at the Nürburgring and the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1965.
The Testarossa captured the world when it was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1984. Pininfarina’s design broke somewhat with tradition and was striking and innovative.
The side intakes were larger than on the previous model and this constraint saw the introduction of the long side strakes that would become the Testarossa’s most recognizable feature.
The evolution of the V-12 Boxer engine saw it equipped with 4 valves per cylinder: the most powerful engine mounted on a production sports car at the time of its launch.
I bought one in October 1987, just before the US stock market correction. Drove it a few months, did not like it, sold it and never looked back.
The F40 was built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anni. A speedy berlinetta designed by Pininfarina, it was built mainly from composites.
Its sophisticated high-performance, turbo-charged running gear combined with a first class chassis gave it the kind of great dynamic prowess that was close to that of a racing car.
Before it was officially unveiled, there were various spy pictures in motoring magazines of a radical prototype around the streets of Maranello, with all sorts of hypothesis as to what Ferrari was up to.
The 1st time I saw it was in Zurich at the Bauer Lac Hotel’s car park, Wild!
Created to celebrate Ferrari’s 50th ann, the F50 was the closest thing to a road-going F1 car the Maranello outfit ever built.
Given its uncompromising, purist approach to high performance, the F50 had no power steering, power assisted braking and ABS, but made extensive use of sophisticated composite materials, F1-style construction technology and aerodynamics.
The F50 was the Ferrari “extreme machine” of the 1990’s taking over the mantle from the F40.
I really like the Classic and Vintage Ferrari’s better. Wind Tunnel cars are not for every day motoring.
ENZO FERRARI, 2002
Over the years Ferrari introduced a series of Supercars and HyperSupercars representing the pinnacle of the company’s technological achievements transferred to its road cars.
This family of HyperSupercars began in Y 2002 with the Enzo Ferrari. Just Enzo’s 400 were built, which was equipped with a 5998cc 65° V12 producing 660hp.
The car boasted extremely advanced aerodynamics of clear F1 inspiration, with downforce that reached a maximum of 775 kg at 300 km/h, and that then gradually decreased to 585 kg at its maximum speed of 350 km/h.
I knew a chap that had one and totaled on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.
458 SPECIALE A, 2014
The 458 Speciale A (Aperta) new Limited Edition special series was a celebration of the success of the various versions of the 458.
Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A was the most powerful spyder in Ferrari’s history, marrying extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving.
Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 secs to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.
I have only seen the Aperta in pictures…
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