The lifeblood of Ferrari, particularly in the early years, was competition. It is a widely held belief that the creation of road-going versions of the competition sports cars existed almost solely to support Il Commendatore’s racing effort. In many instances, engineering advances developed for battle can be traced directly to the road cars, such as the pioneering weight-balancing use of the transaxle from the 275 series GTs.
Ferrari’s competition teeth were cut along with the continuous progress of the Read More
The 250 engine paved the way for a large family of cars that helped Ferrari expand their limited output into series-produced sports cars. The new range was based on the 3-liter V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. The engine was powerful, smooth and adaptable to both touring and racing. The trend continued with the arrival of the Cabriolet 250 GT PF in 1957 — the last two letters standing for Pinin Farina (then still written as two words), who oversaw Read More
In the tradition of Ferrari’s dual-purpose road and racing berlinettas, the new 250 GT SWB was a tractable and well-mannered daily driver about town — and a veritable beast in a race. Competition-specification cars with additionally up-rated engines and lightweight alloy aluminum bodies were immediately made available for racing customers.
Competizione-specification examples totaled to 72 alloy-bodied examples among the overall output of just 165 SWB cars. It is a credit to the SWB’s strength of design, durability and no-hassle Read More
Maranello Motors in England delivered this superb cabriolet to its first owner, an emir of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. It formed part of a large fleet of vehicles and was rarely used. In 2008, a French industrial company specializing in steel production bought the car, which was kept for special occasions as part of an impressive collection. It is this company that has asked us to sell the car. It has just been inspected by Ferrari — Charles Pozzi Read More
By the end of the 1950s, the market for sports cars with “family accommodation” had grown sufficiently for Ferrari to contemplate the introduction of a four-seater model. Introduced in the summer of 1960, the first such Ferrari — the 250 GTE 2+2 — was based on the highly successful 250 GT. Pininfarina’s brief had been to produce a 2+2 without sacrificing the 250’s elegant good looks or sporting characteristics, and the master carrozzier succeeded brilliantly, moving the engine, gearbox, Read More
There had been open-top Ferrari road cars before the advent of the 250 Series, but it was, chiefly, Pininfarina’s offerings on the latter chassis that established the convertible as a fixture of the Ferrari range. After the experimentation and variety that characterized the coachwork of the 250 Series cars, the arrival of the 275 in 1964 brought with it standard bodywork, that of the 275 GTS being manufactured by Pininfarina themselves.
In Ferrari nomenclature of the period, a model’s designation Read More
The ultimate expression of Ferrari’s fabulous line of V12 sports cars, the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” was the world’s fastest production car at the time of its launch. Capable of over 170 mph, it is surely destined to remain a front-ranking supercar for the foreseeable future.
Although there had been no official open-top version of its predecessor, the favorable reception of Luigi Chinetti’s 275 GTB-based NART Spyder no doubt influenced Ferrari’s decision to produce a convertible Daytona. Again the work Read More
The tragic accident at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans that claimed 80 lives had a profound effect on racing. The increasingly potent powertrains of the Le Mans sports cars were identified as a contributor to the disaster, and new regulations were drawn to eliminate what were essentially Grand Prix cars packaged with two-seater bodies.
The FIA’s new Gran Turismo classes prioritized safety and re-established competitively racing a road-based production car. Ferrari was prepared for the challenge, having Read More
In November 1971, Ferrari unveiled at the International Exhibition in Turin a Pininfarina prototype called the Ferrari BB Berlinetta Boxer. The style reflected the design of the Dino 246 GT with fewer curves. The engine was very similar to that of the famous 312B and 312P, with a displacement of 4.4 liters, the same as the Daytona’s. Two years later, a production Boxer was introduced at the Paris Salon of 1973.
The car on offer is being sold by Read More
The 308 GTB offered here has the lighter fiberglass (Vetroresina) bodywork and dry-sump lubrication of the very first 308 GTBs produced. Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed Dino 308 GT4. Produced initially with dry-sump lubrication and fiberglass bodywork — the first time this material had been used for a production Ferrari — the Scaglietti-built 308 GTB was built in steel after April Read More