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.
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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
To call Ferrari’s TRC for 1957 “one of the prettiest Ferraris built,” as pre-eminent Ferrari historian Richard F. Merritt put it, is surely an understatement. It is a design without fault — a timeless, downright breathtaking execution of Italian motoring passion, married to one of the greatest sports racing chassis of all time.
The Ferrari on offer stands in a class all its own. Coming from single ownership for the past 30-plus years, its presentation at auction may very well Read More
Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo, also known as “Dino,” was a proponent of small-displacement, 6-cylinder technology. After earning his engineering degree, he began development of a V6 racing engine. After Alfredo’s tragic death, Enzo directed the legendary engineer Vittorio Jano to finish Dino’s work to honor his son’s memory. A series of successful engines was developed that ultimately powered various Ferrari Formula 1 and 2 cars, as well as sports racers.
Ferrari later built a prototype sports Read More
“Pininfarina and Enzo Ferrari have collaborated to make a most desirable motor car: expensive, fast and luxuriously comfortable, with a large luggage compartment. All this adds up to a Gran Turismo, with the accent on the ‘Gran,’ par excellence. If you want to go road racing look to the Berlinetta, but for touring in the grand style, ‘Two plus Two’ equals near perfection.” — so says Sports Cars Illustrated.
Intended to extend Ferrari’s appeal to a sector of Read More
The 250 changed Ferrari’s destiny. Centered on the famous 3-liter, V12 engine, two Ferrari families were born: one destined exclusively for the track and the other for the road.
The racing line gave birth to such legendary cars as the Testa Rossa, Tour de France Berlinetta, 250 GTO and the 250 LM.
Meanwhile, stars, tycoons and amateur enthusiasts fought over the road-going line’s splendid coupes and cabriolets.
A constant characteristic of Maranello was the strong link between these two groups. Read More
There were Ferraris…and then there were Ferraris. Enzo Ferrari built a few very exclusive grand touring models for very famous and ultra-wealthy clients. Constructed in several series — in very limited numbers — the Superamericas were truly the ultimate Ferraris of their time, and they attracted an exclusive client list.
Noted American industrialists and businessmen, such as Bob Wilkie and Bill Harrah, were Superamerica owners. Royal customers included the Shah of Iran, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Emperor Bao Read More