5029 SA is to me the most beautiful Superamerica, a Coupé Aerodynamico with covered headlights
The 400 Superamerica was launched in 1959. It featured a Colombo V12 displacing 3,967 cc and also boasted disc brakes, a first for Ferrari’s road cars. Over the course of a five-year “production” run, only 47 cars in two series (short- and long-wheelbase) were constructed.
These were very much bespoke automobiles, built to order. Read More
The GTB might be compared to an attractive woman who always keeps something in reserve
The Ferrari 275 GTB signaled an important evolution for Ferrari as the company finally adopted a fully independent suspension, which had been tested, developed, and proven in Ferrari’s sports racing cars.
Bodied by Scaglietti and designed by Pininfarina, the 275 GTB echoed the aggressive, purposeful appearance of the 250 Tour de France and GTO Read More
Consistent serial production 250s begin with the Europa GT. Prior to this, one could find differences between sequential Ferraris of the same model
Introduced to the public at the 1953 Paris Auto Salon alongside the 375 America, the 250 GT Europa was Ferrari’s first true Gran Turismo and the first road-going Ferrari to be identified by the now-legendary 250 series nomenclature.
Pinin Farina’s design features a high-waisted silhouette with a long, Read More
If you could justify paying too much money for a car, this was the one
Luigi Chinetti loved the 250 GT TdF coupes and saw a market for an open top version. Many Americans lived in warm climates like Florida, Arizona, and particularly California, and so preferred the good looks and the cooler nature of open cars. Chinetti persuaded Ferrari to commission Pininfarina to build an open car based on the TdF. Read More
When the new FIA Group B Race and Rally regulations were introduced in 1984, Ferrari endeavored to create a model that would hark back to the glory days of the 1962-64 250 GT models. The 400-horsepower, twin-turbo 288 GTO of 1985 was the result. It benefited from the intensive race and rally experience the Michelotto Company had gained from their successful and active campaign of the Ferrari 308 models.
To fulfill Group B regulations, 200 examples were required to be Read More
The original, immortal Ferrari 250 GTO had been developed for the FIA GT Championship, duly taking the manufacturer’s title for Ferrari in 1962, 1963 and 1964. So, clearly, any revival of the GTO name could only be permitted for a very special car indeed.
Enter the 288 GTO. Like its illustrious forebear, the 288 GTO (the initials stand for Gran Turismo Omologato) was conceived as a limited-edition model, just 200 units being planned to meet the then-existing Group B homologation Read More
Phil Hill’s 1962 Le Mans winner-the last of its line-sells for a cool
$9.25 million and heads for a museum in Argentina
The first car in a series is good. But the last car is best. A real, documented and important history makes it better. Commercial success is good, but success in competition is better, and the overall winner of the 24 Heures du Mans is the best of all.
The expression Read More
At the 1965 Paris Auto show, Ferrari introduced the 275 GTB, its first car with independent rear suspension. But however significant the 275 GTB was, most spectators were drawn to the dramatic Dino 206S Speciale show car, a mid-engined concept featuring a mock 2-liter V6 engine. The show car was created as a tribute to the late Alfredino “Dino” Ferrari, and as such had no Ferrari emblems on it whatsoever.
The Turin Auto show of 1966 featured a working prototype Read More
I’m told that four friends from Switzerland bought the car for $144,000 over the estimated price. What were these guys thinking?
Following the success of privately-entered 550 Maranellos in international GT racing, including an historic class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2003, Ferrari developed its own in-house evolution of the successful 575M Maranello, the 575 GTC Competizione Berlinetta.
Produced specifically for the FIA GT and GrandAm championships, the 575 Read More
People who buy a “cut” Daytona don’t plan to show it; most shows won’t
allow it on the field. The appeal is that it can be driven
Ferrari’s fabulous V12 front-engined sports car, the 365 GTB/4, debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name “Daytona” in honor of the 1-2-3 finish by the Ferrari 330 P4 at that circuit in 1967.
Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti was responsible for Read More