From the onset, the intention of the 400 had been to challenge the finest luxury saloons available. It was anticipated that a large demand would come from the lucrative American market, though sadly the cost involved in meeting the stringent US regulations denied this option.
Introduced in 1976 at the Paris salon, it was available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or automatic three-speed transmission, sourced from General Motors. This option was targeted at those customers who wanted Read More
This European-registered car has a 2,418-cc V6, double overhead camshaft, cast iron block and light alloy heads, and produces 178 bhp at 7,000 rpm. It has a five-speed manual gearbox with front and rear independent suspension with unequal-length A arms, coil springs, tubular shock absorbers and four-wheel disc brakes.
The forerunner to the hugely popular Ferrari 246 GT and GTS was the 206 S Speciale, a styling exercise that Pininfarina exhibited at the 1965 Paris Motor Show. Read More
When Ferrari released the 456 GT it changed the perception of a high-performance 2+2. Refined and elegant comfort and performance were the orders of the day, and the Pininfarina-designed body is as intensely beautiful as the car is luxurious and fast.
Powered by a sporty 436-hp V12 engine, with a four-speed automatic (456 GTA), its aerodynamics and handling characteristics are unlike those of any other 2+2.
The 456 was the ultimate four-person conveyance, and some consider it Read More
To mark the world-renowned carrozzeria’s 70th anniversary in 2000, Ferrari invited Sergio Pininfarina to submit designs for a front-engined roadster that would capture the spirit of past Maranello classics, such as the 166 Mille Miglia, 250 GT California Spyder and 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder. In its manufacturer’s own words: “Ferrari has always created very special runs of cars, and the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was developed with the aim of being a unique Ferrari-one that deliberately seeks to be more Read More
The 348 tb was a dramatic departure for Ferrari. Its 3,405-cc dual overhead-camshaft engine is mounted longitudinally in the chassis like the 288 GTO. However the 348’s chassis is only four inches longer than the transverse-engined 328 GT that preceded it. To accomplish this magic, Ferrari applied lessons learned in its Formula One racing program, developing a transversely mounted gearbox in unit with the differential to minimize the drivetrain’s length and contain the masses of the drivetrain for optimum Read More
The advent of the new Pininfarina-designed 308 GTB was hailed as one of the best Ferraris of modern times. And it is no wonder-following on the heels of the mechanically inspired but visually challenged 308 GT4, the new 308 was drop-dead gorgeous.
As Sergio Pininfarina himself pointed out, “Every Ferrari car previously designed by us was a great success in the market.” From a styling point of view, the 308 owes more to the legendary 246 Dino than Read More
Fifty years of racing, fifty years of winning, fifty years of hard work.” With these words, Luca Montezemolo, head of Ferrari S.p.A., introduced the F50 at the Auto Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the 63rd annual International Automobile Show, on March 6, 1995.
Using technology from Ferrari’s Formula One V12, the new, normally aspirated 4.7-liter engine featured a crankcase made of nodular cast iron, Nikasil-coated liners and titanium connecting rods. Maximum power was 520 hp at 8,500 Read More
Ferrari’s highly successful 250 series was superseded in 1964 by the 275. In Ferrari nomenclature of the period, a model’s designation reflected the cubic capacity of an individual cylinder. The newcomer displaced 3.3 liters-up from its predecessor’s 3 liters-and was thus called the 275. The V12 engine remained the familiar Colombo type in standard form producing 280 horsepower at 7,600 rpm. A higher, 300-horsepower state of tune employing six Weber carburetors was available, and this was used for the Read More
Introduced in 1960, the short-wheelbase was available in street or competition spec, with alloy bodywork on the lighter competition cars. All SWBs were more than capable as road cars,All SWBs were more than capable as road cars, with a level of trim and sound and weather proofing that seemed luxurious for their day.
Much of the development work carried out on the Ferrari GT cars filtered down into some of Ferrari’s non-competition-oriented cars, such as the 250 GTE. Lessons Read More
Ferrari’s line of highly successful V8-engined road cars began when the 308 GT4 of 1973 took over from the preceding 246 Dino V6. The newcomer’s wedged-shaped styling, by Bertone, was not universally well received, but the performance of the 3-liter V8 certainly was. A new two-seater car using the same power unit, the 308 GTB, debuted at the Paris Salon in 1975. Built on a shorter wheelbase, the stunningly beautiful GTB marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling.
The Read More