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
Shadlun’s shop was a perverted museum of the most beautiful automobiles, all of them crippled by wreckage, fire or simple neglect
In the early 1950s Enzo Ferrari began to manufacture road-going Grand Tourismo cars. The 250 Europa and 375 America series are generally considered to be Ferrari’s first production models, although only 18 of the former and twelve of the latter were built. In period, the Europa and America were Read More
A serious, high-speed missile which rewards the serious pilot and frustrates the casual driver
The all-new 365 GT4 BB appeared on the world stage at the 1971 Turin Motor Show and received a rapturous reception. Of monocoque/tubular steel construction, it featured a mid-mounted, flat-12 engine derived directly from Ferrari’s sports prototype program.
Pininfarina clothed the state-of-the-art mechanical package in a sleek yet uncluttered berlinetta body carrying trademark black lower Read More
Perhaps no car better epitomizes classic Ferrari design than the 275 GTB. Penetrative nose, long bonnet, low cabin and a short, neat tail are the ingredients that make for a masterpiece of sports car design. The 275 GTB drew inspiration from the preceding 250 GTO, and along with its timeless appearance introduced a number of important milestones for Ferrari including independent rear suspension and a transaxle-mounted, five-speed gearbox.
Following its launch t the Paris Motor Show in October 1964, subtle Read More
If Sirus paid a typical 1970 price, he probably paid under $10k for the car-and his selling price in January 1988 was $375,000. But it gets even better
Initially conceived as a gran turisimo, Ferrari’s 250 soon diverged into two paths, the GT coupes and cabriolets and the lightweight competition berlinettas. The berlinettas designed by Pininfarina and built in small numbers by Scaglietti were the ultimate dual-purpose cars, competitive at Read More
Playing with the F40 in our 70-mph society is like going deer hunting with a rocket launcher
Introduced in 1988 to celebrate Enzo Ferrari’s 40 years as a carmaker, the F40 was the last car with a design personally approved by the great man himself. With a top speed of 201 mph and 0-60 mph time of under four seconds, the F40 was the world’s fastest production automobile and the ultimate supercar Read More