On May 7, 1951, chassis 0116A was sent to Carrozzeria Touring to be fitted with its elegant Barchetta coachwork. On June 14, it was returned. Two days later it was delivered to its first owner, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, a resident of Paris, a World War II hero, and founder of the Louis-Dreyfus Financial Group.
In his spare time, Mr. Louis-Dreyfus was an enthusiastic racing driver and sportsman.
A regular entrant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Louis-Dreyfus sent his new Read More
Based on the 308 model that it was replacing, the 328 GTS differed with its larger 3.2-liter engine and subtle appearance updates. Its 270-hp mid-mounted V8 engine with 5-speed manual transmission provided the power and thrills worthy of any sports car bearing the Ferrari name. The sleek Pininfarina lines made for a car as visually exciting as it was to drive. For all of that and more, it has gained allegiance from many Ferrari fans as being one of the Read More
In late 1957, just as production of Pininfarina’s Series I cabriolet was getting under way, Ferrari was in the process of developing a new open 250 GT variant for the booming North American market. Ferrari’s leading United States dealers, Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann, impressed upon the factory the need for a simple, dual-purpose 250 GT spider — a car that could be used to commute during the week and then raced with success on the weekend.
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With its outstanding engineering, perfectly sketched lines, charismatic proportions, breathtaking race results and great drivers, the 335 S perfectly symbolizes Ferrari in the 1950s.
The heart of sporting Italians beat to the rhythm of the Mille Miglia, which was to them “the greatest race in the world.” In 1956, Ferrari entered a new V12 sports racer along with their 4-cylinder cars to contest the event. The new 290 MM featured an overhead-cam, dual-ignition, 340-hp, 3.5-liter V12 engine derived from Ferrari’s Read More
It was the Tipo 166, introduced in 1948 as a replacement for the 125 S, that first established Enzo Ferrari’s Modenese workshop as a leading manufacturer of racing cars. Powered by a 2-liter Gioacchino Colombo-designed V12 engine, the 166 set forward a course of development that would define the look, sound and inimitable character of Ferrari automobiles.
Unveiled at Geneva in 1950, the Berlinetta Le Mans was a striking fastback with origins in the magnificent streamlined Alfa Romeo racing cars Read More
Ferrari’s sports-prototype racing cars are among the most legendary in motorsport history, as they epitomize the desire, passion and mechanical brilliance that the Maranello team could bring to bear on the track.
Most significantly, each and every design had Enzo’s personal handprint upon them.
For the past 12 years, chassis number 0626 has been regularly maintained, benefiting from a recent engine rebuild. The provision of a removable passenger screen has also allowed her to comfortably compete in the Mille Miglia Read More
Ferrari’s breathtaking 250 GT/L was designed as a new offering to fill the market between the sporting 250 GT SWB and its more luxurious sibling, the 250 GTE 2+2, by combining the best features of both. The Lusso was first seen by the public at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962, and many enthusiasts simply fell head over heels for the beautiful body and Kamm tail that adorned the newest 250.
Under the aluminum bonnet was Ferrari’s 3.0-liter V12, Read More
The Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta is one of the most influential and impressive automobiles ever produced. It is the most successful competition 250 GT Ferrari model, having garnered more victories than any other model, including the revered 250 GTO. With the 3.0-liter Colombo V12 engine fitted to Ferrari’s 2,600-millimeter wheelbase chassis, this car was the first of numerous highly desirable Ferraris including the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta and the 250 GTO.
With incredible alloy coachwork that was designed by Read More
Although several special-order 2+2s had been produced in the 1950s, the 250 GTE was Ferrari’s first true production 2+2, and it enabled them to widen their potential market and compete directly with Aston Martin, Maserati and Facel Vega. The new 2+2 would bring for the first time wide-scale production, with 953 examples in total, across three model variants, being produced between 1960 and 1963. It is widely recognized that fewer than half of the original GTE models have survived, as Read More
Ferraris have always been campaigned frequently and with ferocity by both the factory and wealthy privateers. The company’s reputation during its early days hinged on the success of its race cars. Whilst numerous road-going “Inter” models would be built afterwards by Ferrari, this 212 Barchetta would be the final Touring-bodied, race-ready “Export” model built by the factory and fitted with the potent Tipo 212 engine.
The new 212 would be destined for the race track. After great success at the Read More