When it comes to high end sports cars, there is no name that comes close to the legendary Ferrari. The company was started by Enzo Ferrari in the tiny Italian town of Maranello. Enzo was a race car driver for Alfa Romeo and prior to opening his own business, he headed their motorsports team. In 1940, Scuderia Ferrari produced its first racing car, and followed up with a second in 1947 with the first street car.
This was the beginning of the Ferrari empire. Since then, the auto manufacturer has grown into the internationally acclaimed giant that it is today. With a name that is equivalent with superlative performance, we bring you the top twenty Ferrari models of all time.
1. 2013 Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Concept
The Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Concept is a special manufacture that combines the legendary name of Sergio Pininfarina with that of Enzo Ferrari. He's the designer famous for creating the appearance and performance of several of the Dino models, 400 Superamerica and others for the prancing horse. His design work spans several decades with the Ferrari automaker.
The 2013 Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Concept is the automaker's tribute car that was created to honor the memory of the great design legend after he passed away in 2012. The car is a concept prototype featuring a 458 Spider frameword. It made its debut at the Geneva Motor show in 2013 where it stole the spotlight. Few could compete with the design that presented windshieldless, roofless engineering. From this prototype, a series of six production models were created for the road with the addition of a windshield and roof.
2. 1967 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
This is the vehicle that Ferrari automakers created to answer rival Lamborghini's Miura. While their competitor took the distinction of building the first supercar in the world, Maranello refused to play off what had already been done. Instead of going with a mid-engine layout, he crafted the Miura's response project with a front engine, V12 Grand Tourer.
It was a podium sweeper at the namesake track in the state of Florida in the same year of the release of the Daytona. This was the car that was chosen by execs of the "Miami Vice" television series to promote the savvy coolness of Detective Sonny Crocket as his vehicle of choice.
3. 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo
Any Ferrari bearing the first name of the legendary founder of the company is going to be special. This model is built with a gull wing design that gives it a futuristic appearance. Much of the technology is gleaned from the Formula 1 platform including carbon ceramic disc brakes, the F1-type paddle shifters and a carbon fiber tub which is a rare component that rivaled the McLaren F1 as the only comparable street car in its class. A 6.0-liter V12 generates 660 horses with a continuously variable exhaust valve timing for laying down burning rubber on the road, screaming from zero to sixty in a mere 3. 4 seconds. This car made its debut in 2002 and was a show stealer.
4. 1948 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta
This classic Ferrari has a name that is interpreted as "little boat." It doesn't come close to resembling a tug though. The name refers to the open-air layout and the two seats that are reminiscent of a boat. the roadster made its first appearance at the Turin Motor Show in 1948. It went on to earn two prestigious places at the Mille Miglia race the following year in 1949.
This was the first in the Ferrari family to adopt a unified and cohesive appearance. The car featured the "egg crate" grille and long fenders which resembled pontoons, and it was the beginning of the signature design that would become one of the many distinguishing marks of the brand. A total of 25 166 MM Barchettas were manufactured, making this model of of the most valuable on the collector's market today.
5. 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Carrozzeria Ghia
This is another of Ferrari's highly collectible models. It originally made its debut at the 1955 Paris Auto Show with a different appearance. It was shown as a naked chassis. Upon completion, the 410 Superamerica made its first fully clothed appearance at the Brussels Motor Show, just four months later.
The body is a Pininfarina design that became the adaptation of Carrozzeria Ghia in the creation of their own variant. The car was experimental, which further adds to its rarity, making it among the most sought-after Ferrari models by collectors.
6. 1975 Ferrari 308 GTS
One glance at this model and you'll remember the long running series, "Magnum P.I., because it is the one that the famed character, played by Tom Selleck drove in the show. His version was a classy blood red color and it helped in promoting this model as a highly desired find for collectors.
The design features a midengined that was designed more for beauty than for speed. It's not exactly a milk truck though. The 2.9-liter V8 supplies this charmer with 255 horsepower which is plenty for speeding through Oahu in style.
7. 1968 Ferrari Dino 246
There has long been a discussion if not controversy over the legitimacy of the Dino 246. Is it really a Ferrari? Some feel that it doesn't belong in the same classification as other Ferrari's in the hall of fame, but to those naysayers, we respectfully say, "you're mistaken."
The Dino 246 has not received the Ferrari badging, but it is still a Ferrari, manufactured by the company to honor a very special person to the founder of the business. The Dino 246 was created for and named after Alfredo, Enzo's late son. it was designed as the Formula Two rules were changing. The new requirements insisted that all track vehicles must be based upon production cars that were road going.
This necessitated the creation of the 2.0 liter, V6 powered Dino. The car is a Sergio Pininfarina design and is the first Ferrari vehicle that was crafted with a mid-engine setup. This is the powertrain layout that would evolve into a cornerstone for the Maranello house. Yes, it's a Ferrari, and one that is highly coveted by collectors.
8. 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 Berlinetta
This car was the beauty queen who stole the pageant in 1967. It is one of the most stunning models that car carmaker has ever produced. It was a revolutionary vehicle for its time. There was no way to dispute that the voluptuous and curvy lines of the car took on a seductive personality that made this model stand out above the others.
The 330 P4 was the response car to the upstart Ford GT40. The intention from before conception was to rise above the competitor in design, function and curb appeal. The decision came after the GT40 dished out a beating in the Constructor's International Sports Prototype Championships of 1956 and 1966. Ford swept the podium of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Chief engineer Mauro Forghiere received instructions directly from Enzo himself, just "to win." This meant pulling out all the stops in design creativity. The following year in 1967, the 330 P4 hogged the top two positions at Monza, and then made the pilgrimage to Le Mans where it came in second and third place. The Ferrari has made progress in the competition against Ford, although at Le Mans, they conceded that first place went to another of the Ford GT40s. At least Ferrari had regained the Prototype Championship.
9. 1960 Ferrari 250 Spyder GT California GWB
The Spyder GT California GWB came about when an influential auto deal from the Los Angeles, California area made a special request. He was in the market for what he deemed a "simple spider" that he could market in the Southern California region. Ferrari agreed to production and this is what they came up with.
The engineers and designers began with the 250 GT shape and started plans for a model that world reach zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds. Just as the car dealer had imagined, it became a big hit with the SoCal crowd and the auto reached high levels of popularity.
This is the model that was chosen to appear in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." It was the show car that was encased in his friend Cameron's father's showroom. There were fifty of these cars manufactured, so it is considered by collectors to be a rare treasure that is still in high demand.
10. 2013 F70 LaFerrari
This model is one of the more recent treasures that is a response to the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918. Keeping up with the competition is a never-ending battle for competing car makers, but Ferrari seems to have a real feel for how it's done. It is highly comparable to the two rivals and their electrically enhanced hypercars.
The LaFerrari outclasses the when it comes to beauty and elegance. This model features a design that has taken modernity to the next level. The futuristic design still manages to hang on to that classic Ferrari ambiance.
The F70 LaFerrari combines a 161-horsepower electric motor with a naturally aspirated 6.3 liter 789 horsepower engine for a one plus one equals 950 horsepower value, neatly packaged into a carbon fiber and Kevlar tub. This gives the automaker room to ask its' competitors the all-important question of "how do you like that?"
11. 1956 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
This is the car that makes collectors salivate like Pavlov's dog. It is one of the most highly sought-after collector's cars of all time. Owners and those who would like to join their group, know this classic beauty as "red head."
It received this nickname for the crimson tipped valve covers that grace the 3.0-liter V12 engine. Are you into shapely redheads? If so, you'll be just as smitten as the rest of the crowd of Ferrari collectible lovers.
The 250 Testa Rossa made her mark as the winner of multiple 24 Hours of Le Mans races. She came in as champion in 1958, 1960 and in 1961. Beauty and brawn are the features that have won over loyal fans throughout the decades.
Did we mention that her lines are curvier than the top models featured in high end magazines? The roadster features curvy engorged pontoon fenders which make it a breathtaking sight to behold There were a total of 34 manufactured and this has significantly increased the value in the collectible auto market.
12. 2000 Ferrari Rossa by Pininfarina
Legendary Pininfarina is the inspiration behind the 2000 Ferrari Rossa by Pininfarina. He designed this beauty to commemorate the 70th anniversary of his house of design. The concept for this model was unveiled in 2000 and left spectators breathless. This model is crafted in accordance with the 550 Maranello as a roadster that features two seats with a roofless platform.
It served as a futuristic interpretation of the 1950s editions of the Ferrari Spyders. This car is not your average Ferrari, and although some may consider it to be over the top in the wild and futuristic design, it serves as the forerunner for some of the more modern features we see in later edition Ferraris, including the tail lights coming out on the F430 and F60 Enzo.
13. 1987 Ferrari F40
There will never be another Ferrari that has the unique distinction of this car. It is the very last vehicle that Enzo Ferrari provided guidance for before it left the Ferrari factory. It was totally and completely built under his guidance.
It is one of the most legendary of all Ferrari's to this day. This car was crafted and built to the precise specifications that Enzo had requested of his engineers to create the "best car on the face of the earth." No expense was spared when the design team got down to brass tacks. It features lightweight composition that give it an F2 lifted experience.
The car came in at a total weight to 2, 700 pounds when all was said and done. the F40 is the last supercar under Enzo's direction that would feature an artificially boosted engine until the 2015 California T would be produced. With a twin turbocharged V8, the F40 cranked out an amazing track record that surpassed the 200-mph threshold.
This was the first Ferrari in history to accomplish this feat. The high rate of speed that this beauty is capable of reaching is the top reason for the large rear spoiler which was a bit uncharacteristic for the Ferrari brand back in that era, but it was a necessary adjustment that helped in preventing the F40 from attaining an air born lift off into the atmosphere.
14. 1991 Ferrari Testa Rossa 512 TR
We look back at the popularity and success of the 1972 Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4 as it became an iconic symbol for the "Miami Vice" character Sonny Crockett in the 1970s. That was only the case for two seasons.
The Testa Rossa quickly replaced it in the third season and brought the show into the modern age. This model would usher in a new era of desire and the need to come into possession of the Prancing Horse.
The Testa Rossa 512 TR was the car that delivered a large and spectacularly wide body that was as low as it was fast. No criminal would be able to escape Crockett when he was on the move in this mover and shaker.
It also quickly became the car of all cars in the video game "Outrun," to further show it's mean and sexy reputation. The most popular and desired Testa Rossa produced has got to be the 512 TR Special Edition which brought on a boost in horsepower that raised the stakes from 390 to a magnificent 428. While the 390 hp wasn't lagging at its zero to sixty mph in 5.2 seconds, the new Testa Rossa further reduced the achievement time to just 4.9 seconds.
15. 2004 Ferrari F430 Scuderia
When it comes to quality over quantity, Ferrari has the firm understanding that cookie cutter cars are not a business they want any part of. The Ferrari F430 Scuderia is an example of how applying focus to the achievement of perfection in a limited manufacturing number is better than the mass production of something that is simply ordinary.
The F430 is the bestselling car tht the brand has built and distributed and although it has achieved high production numbers in comparison to some of the other Ferrari models, the company made no sacrifice on quality. This car features a 503-horse power V8 that gives it the get up and go that is expected from the brand. The F430 Scuderia has become known as the edition that is one of Maranello's best performing production cars.
16. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
This model started out as Ferrari's response to Jaguar's E-type that made its debut at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. There was every intention to create a machine that would land a notch above the competitor, but what happened is that the 250 GTO became the new obsession for Ferrari lovers throughout the world.
It all started with the 250 SWB which served as the base inspiration. Giotto Bizzarrini is the engineer who gave the 3.0 12-cylinder engine the ability to crack 300 horsepower and reach a top speed of 170 miles per hour. the five-speed transmission was swapped out and replaced the four speed, then the chassis was strengthened and made lighter.
The lineup of Ferrari 250 GTOs made from 1962 to 1964 are now considered to be among the most valuable cars in the world. Only 39 of them were produced and the sale of each had to be approved by Enzo Ferrari personally. The record price at auction fetched for one of these beauties was a whopping $52 million in 2013.
17. 2013 Ferrari Mansory F12 La Revoluzione
Ferrari's F12 Berlinetta has been ranked as one of the best supercars for all around performance throughout the globe. This front engine model achieves spectacular aerodynamics without the need for oversized spoilers and splitters, and instead has resorted to air vents and the boring of channels.
Mansory's F12 La Revoluzione has taken the F12 Berlinetta as inspiration to dial up the volume on this newer member of the family by giving the 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine a boost of horsepower from 730 to a road eating 1,200. In addition, the body panels have all been replaced with carbon fiber materials that feature a transparent glossed "Revoluzione Red" color that highlights the carbon weave in a spectacular visual festival that fetches a $1.5 million-dollar price tag.
18. 2006 Ferrari 599 GTO Fiorano
The 2006 Ferrari 599 GTO Fiorano made its debut at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show as the most powerful production car in the world during this era. It was the replacement for the 575M Maranello and designer Frank Stephenson took a few jabs for his precious work with competitor McLaren, but his work for Ferrari resulted in one of the most beautiful models that the automaker has ever produced. Stephenson had achieved the goal of producing a high performing variant of the 599 GTO that would reach a top speed of 208 mph with the capacity of blazing from zero to sixty in a mere 3.3 seconds.
19. 1963 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta Lusso
The 250 GT had come to the last of its production years as the generation would close with the ultra-luxe iteration of itself in the Berlinetta Lusso. The luxury appointments outshone that of its predecessors with increased trunk space, a black leather lined dashboard, wood and aluminum Nardi steering wheel, polished Borrani wire wheels and disc brakes. Steve McQueen was a fan who just had to have one of these parked in his own garage. There were only 351 of these models produced.
20. 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale
The 458 Italia Speciale is the successor to the F430, which meant that Ferrari had to come up with a good reason for calling it special. The double clutch tranny that boasted seven speeds was the mark of the transition of Maranello in making the first Ferrari that didn't have a manual transmission option. In addition, the engineers saw fit to include a naturally aspirated V8.
This car didn't disappoint with front and rear movable aerodynamic flaps. The modified 4.3-liter V8 was modified to produce 597 horsepower for a zero to sixty mph run of a scant three seconds.
Written by Garrett Parker
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