Meticulous Engineering Meets Design: 13+ of the Most Iconic Ferrari Models in History
There is no denying the design and performance of a Ferrari. You may not like Ferrari, or even deem it a pretentious vehicle. However, you have to respect its legacy. As one of the most iconic car brands on the planet the brand with a history that goes back over 90 years.
Ferrari cars have become status symbols, representing a milestone in the lives of many successful business people, musicians, designers, and entrepreneurs. Since the 1940’s Ferrari has engineered vehicles that either turned heads on the road, dominated on the race track, or were simply magnificent works of art.
However, not every Ferrari is created equal. Today you are going to take a brief drive through the Ferrari family exploring some of the luxury automaker's most iconic vehicles from each decade; including supercars that have become cultural icons. But first, a little history lesson.
It all started with Enzo
Started by the ambitious Enzo Ferrari in the 20th century, Enzo himself was a racecar driver. After years of driving for other companies across Italy, Enzo created the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, a team that would attract some of the greatest drivers of the time.
Still not satisfied, Enzo wanted to push the engineering of race cars. This need to move beyond is what eventually led Enzo to create the Ferrari brand that you know and covet today. Here are some facts about Enzo Ferrari if you are interested in the genius behind these vehicles.
1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
If the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is not the most coveted vehicles in history, it is definitely one of the most desired, taking a top spot on most collector’s list. A response to the Jaguar’s E-type, the car turned heads at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show.
Engineered by the visionary, Giotto Bizzarrini, the car boasts a 3.0 12-cylinder engine with the ability to crack 300 horsepower, and reach a top speed of 170 miles per hour (273 km/h). With only 39 only made, this vehicle is going to set you back $52 million if you ever plan on getting one.
Ferrari Facts: The iconic Ferrari dates all the way back to 1932 getting its inspiration from the personal emblem of Count Francesco Baracca, a revered Italian fighter pilot during World War I.
2. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
As one of the most desired vehicles on this list, the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is a sight for sore eyes. Dubbed the redhead, the vehicle boasts an impressive 3.0-liter V12 engine, a huge standout for the time. However, this redhead is not just known for her looks. The 250 Testa Rossa 24 first-place titles under her belt.
If you have always dreamed of getting your hands on one of these, good luck. Ferrari only ever made 34 250 Testa Rossas, and if you are looking to buy one from a collector looking to part ways with one, expect to dish out millions.
3. 1968 Ferrari Dino 246
The feel and design of the Ferrari Dino 246 have many asking the question, is this even really a Ferrari? However, the vehicle gets its name and unique looks from Alfredo, Enzo’s late son.
Created as the Formula Two rules were changing, the vehicle is highly coveted by collectors. The super car's powertrain layout would play a crucial role in some of Ferrari's later models.
4. 2013 Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Concept
Though it's only a concept vehicle, the 2013 Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio manages to capture the essence of both the classic appeal of Ferrari and modern technology throughout its design and engineering.
This Ferrari takes its name from Sergio Pininfarina, the legendary designer responsible for both the performance and style of a lot of the vehicles on this list.
Ferrari Facts: Enzo Anselmo Ferrari was born on February 18, 1898, near Modena, Italy. His grandfather was a greengrocer, and his father was a straightener in a railway workshop.
5. 1967 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
The Ferrari-Lamborghini rivalry goes back decades. Each carmaker has worked hard to outdo each other with their vehicles over the years. The 1967 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona was a direct response to Lamborghini’s iconic Miura. This supercar became a staple in the popular television series Miami Vice.
6. 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo
The Ferrari F60 Enzo is where Formula technology meets Ferrari’s legendary design. Boasting a 6.0-liter V12 generating 660 HP, the car can sprint from zero to sixty mph (96 km/h) in a mere 3.4 seconds. The Enzo paved the way for the next generation of supercars as an example.
Ferrari Facts: Ferrari was the first Formula 1 team to reach one hundred victories in the Grand Prix.
7. 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS
If you are familiar with Magnum P.I then you are definitely familiar with the 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS. Also featured on many collectors' lists, the 2.9-liter V8 supplies drivers with 255 horsepower for when they want to take on the persona of Tom Selleck.
8. 1960 Ferrari 250 Spyder GT California GWB
The 1960 Ferrari 250 Spyder GT California GWB was born out of a request to create a vehicle that would fit perfectly in the California region. Taking inspiration from the Ferrari 250 GT body, the convertible was a big hit among those in California, becoming one of the most iconic and rarest vehicles’s on this list, with only 50 models ever made.
9. The LaFerrari
The 2013 LaFerrari was created in response to the emergence of hypercars like the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918. A hyper-car for the 21st century Ferrari equipped the F70 with a 161-horsepower electric motor paired with a 6.3 liter 789 horsepower engine.
Ferrari Facts: Ferrari's influence has started many trends in the automotive world even inspiring the creation of the company's biggest rival, Lamborghini.
10. 1991 Ferrari Testa Rossa 512 TR
The 1991 Ferrari Testa Rossa 512 TR has a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts in the 90s, becoming the ultimate status symbol in the west. With 390 horsepower and a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint number of 4.9 seconds, the vehicle became the car of choice for Miami Vice’s Don Johnson.
11. 2004 Ferrari F430 Scuderia
As one of the most recognizable and common Ferrari’s on this list, the Ferrari F430 Scuderia features a 503-horsepower V8 that will have you flying down any road. During the time of the car’s conception, Ferrari worked hard to create a vehicle that told the story of the automaker's past and future through the F430 Scuderia engineering.
Ferrari Facts: Ferrari not only sells cars but the company also ships branded clothing, accessories, toys, and sports goods around the world.
12. 1987 Ferrari F40
This supercar has a special place in Ferrari history. The Formula-1 inspired model is one of the last cars to be designed by Enzo Ferrari himself. The F40 became the most powerful vehicle of its time, churning out a top speed of 200-mph (321 km/h).
13. 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 Berlinetta
Considered one of the most beautiful cars the company ever created, the 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 Berlinetta impressed and excited car enthusiasts during the late 1960s.
Curvy and high performing, the supercar was simply created to catch the world’s attention and quell any desire for competing supercars like the Ford GT40. If you want to learn more about this iconic rivalry, be sure to stop by here.
14. 2020 Ferrari SF90 Spider
The SF90 Spider is one of the prancing horse's most ambitious and powerful vehicles to date. This $2 million convertible comes with an outrageous price tag but there's a reason, it is electric. A direct response to the emergence of electric supercars, Ferrari has slowly hinted that it will be slowly transitioning into more sustainable vehicles. The SF90 Spider is one of the first major leaps for the automaker.
This supercar shares the same design language and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology as the SF90 Stradale. The SF90 Spider pushes everything to the max. The SF90 has a 1,000 horsepower petrol-electric, plug-in hybrid drivetrain and an impressive 0-60 (96 km/h) time of 2.5 seconds. Let's hope electric cars become more common at Ferrari.
15. Ferrari 612 GTO
This vehicle is only a concept, but we still dream about it and hope it makes its way into production. The car's unique and aggressive-looking design was brought to fruition by the self-proclaimed "angry car designer" Sasha Selipanov. Though this car was never officially created by Ferrari, Sasha's design went viral. It was heartbreaking for a lot of people, including the guys at Top Gear.
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