The car defines the scene: a little playful, a little romantic, and a serious
reinforcement of privilege
The 250 GT Cabriolet was conceived by Pininfarina as Ferrari’s semi-luxury touring car and was thus given better interior appointments and more soundproofing than the California Spyder Series.
The cabriolet appearance was also created to look different from the Spyder, relating strongly to the 250 GT Pininfarina coupe, which was also presented Read More
Despite controversial styling, the 612’s performance is Formula One: It reaches 60 mph in just over four seconds and tops out at 199 mph
In naming its new four-seater Granturismo after Carrozzeria Scaglietti, Ferrari acknowledged the immense contribution made by its collaborator in the past 50 years. Founded by Sergio Scaglietti in 1951 and now a wholly owned subsidiary, the company has created many of Ferrari’s most memorable cars.
These rebodies are selling far below construction costs and will deliver miles of smiles. But don’t go near Pebble Beach, and don’t expect to make money
Carrozzeria Touring’s 1949-53 Barchetta is considered one of Ferrari’s classic models. Only about 35 Touring Barchettas (literally translated as “little boat”) were produced using Touring’s patented Superleggera or super light construction, which wrapped the aluminum body panels on a lightweight steel tubing sub-frame. Most were intended Read More
Ferrari’s 250 3-liter LWB Berlinettas so dominated the grueling Tour de France in the mid 1950s, they took their name from it. They racked up a string of victories in the epic French race, scoring a 1-2-3 in 1958, when only 21 of 60 starters finished.
The five-day, 3,300-mile marathon included open road rally stages, six circuit races, two hill climbs, and a 500-meter drag race. The Tour demanded speed and reliability; in 1956, only 37 of 103 starters finished. Read More
Prospective purchasers were selected based on their importance to the dealer; we assume the Pope was pre-qualified
Chassis number: ZFFCZ56B000141920
Ferrari entered the third millennium during an incredible phase of competition. In fact, Formula One has never offered the company such a true laboratory for advanced research. I decided that this car, which embodies the best of our technology, should be dedicated to our founder, who always thought that our Read More
The tradition of custom coachbuilding died in the 1960s as new technology made “frames” obsolete. Ferrari was among the last constructors still building automobiles with separate frames, and this accounted for the pre-eminence of Italian coachbuilders. The carrozzerie prospered, supported by sporting chassis and powerful drivetrains and nurtured by the Italian passion for design. Such supremacy drew the best talent from Italy and around the world.
Californian Tom Meade went to Italy to realize in metal the shapes in his Read More
When you own one of the most desirable cars in the world, offers to buy come with the regularity of trains
One of Ferrari’s greatest strengths was its ability to produce highly specialized niche products. The factory’s artisans could tailor an automobile to the needs of an important client and as such, small runs were interspersed among regular models to respond to national and regional markets. Some of the most Read More
Subdued styling kept values among the lowest of V12 Ferraris; they were
entry-level cars priced about the same as a 250 GTE or a 250 PF coupe
At the 1956 Geneva Motor Show, Pinin Farina unveiled a prototype built on a 250 Europa GT chassis. The new body made the car look longer than the Europa, with a crisp beltline and only a small notch in front of the rear Read More
This car’s association with Rob Walker is probably more hype than provenance, but for me it’s enough to want it in my garage
When the new 250 Gran Tursimo was launched at the 1954 Paris Salon it was described as the first standard series production Ferrari. Pininfarina subsequently developed several different bodywork styles for the car; the Berlinetta Lusso treatment first appeared at the 1962 Paris Salon and was an Read More
If you can’t afford a nice example, you really can’t afford a bad one
By the end of the 1950s, the success of rivals Aston Martin and Maserati in providing Grand Touring cars for the enthusiast with a family meant that Ferrari could no longer ignore this increasingly important market sector. There had been four-seater Ferraris before the 250 GTE, with Ghia, Touring and Vignale all producing 2+2 designs in Read More