A Ferrari is a dream buy for millions of people. They adore the brand, the prancing horse, the design, the speed. They love Ferrari! The company has been a prolific producer of high-performance supercars since the 1940s and has designed hundreds of different versions of the car. The appeal of the car is partly due to the similarity between the road cars and the racing cars. Many dreams of becoming a racing driver are fulfilled by owning these iconic vehicles. Superfans will argue for days about which is the best Ferrari. Experts and drivers have debated the issue for years. There will never be a definitive answer to this question. Each model has its own unique features and assets.
10. Ferrari F40
This classic version of the Ferrari was built from 1987 to 1992 to celebrate the firm’s 40th anniversary according to Autocar. It was the fastest version of the Ferrari that was designed for road use and is regarded as a very special car. Enzo Ferrari himself helped to design the car and many car fanatics regard it as the very greatest supercar ever made.
It is a collector’s item today, as only just over 1,300 were ever produced. Even so, Ferrari only planned to make 400 but it was inundated with requests and orders. Enzo Ferrari was 90 at the time it was produced, and in this car, he fulfilled his dream of providing racing car technology in a road vehicle. It ticks the boxes for Ferrari fans, for this reason, it is certainly not for the interior comforts, which are minimal, but the acceleration is phenomenal, going from 0-60 in just 3.8 seconds. It was the first road car that could reach speeds of 200mph, no doubt assisted by its lightweight carbon fiber and Kevlar frame, weighing in at just 1,100kg. The very look of the car belies the aerodynamic nature of the car which is supreme.
9. Ferrari F355 GTS
This is the Ferrari that is described as being the bridge between the old and the new Ferrari. It has a smoother, softer feel than the starker models of the 1980s, and was launched in 1994. It was produced in 1997 with a Formula One gearbox and comprised a sleek, steel, monocoque body, as reported by Evo. It has a classic, simple interior with an open gate manual gearbox and a V8 engine that gets the heart racing of a Ferrari super fan. The elegant design was produced by a Ferrari favorite, Pininfarina and enthusiasts praised the design and beauty of the car. It incorporates a hard top that can be removed and stored in a compartment behind the seats on sunny days. For those who are safety conscious, the super fan is protected by anti-roll bars.
It manages to combine the tradition of Ferrari’s knowledge and design with innovative technologies from their own ground-breaking research. It is a two-seater model, giving more of a feel of a racing car and could even be ordered with traditional racing car seats. It incorporates a severe aerodynamic design which was achieved by detailed attention to the underbody.
8. Ferrari 250 GTO or TR
The Ferrari 250 GTO was made in the 1960s and its rarity makes it one of the most sought-after sports car in the world. It was designed as a racing car and at one point was the most expensive car ever sold at auction, with a 1963 version of the car reaching a price of £52 million $70 million). Only 36 of the cars were ever built which makes it so valuable and so desirable.
It was produced in 1962 and conformed to the highest standards of performance and style. It was a racing car and achieved much success as such, so it was a dream for fans to be able to buy a road worthy version themselves. The car was ultimately desirable for speed freaks when it was made as it was essentially a racing car. It was made for road use, but the attraction was the fact that it was so similar to its racing twin. It had a 3 liter V12 engine which mirrored that of the car that won races like Le Man. It cost $18,500 new when produced, but nowadays would make over $30 million on the open market.
7. 2013 F12 Berlinetta
A total dream for Ferrari owners, this V12 model exemplifies performance and power. The power is exceptional, the revs outstanding and the engine is so close to a Formula One racing car that acceleration feels almost supersonic. Of course, it needs to be aerodynamic to achieve these levels of performance and the exterior was painstakingly designed to achieve this. It conforms to the look of the Ferrari V12 models and the designers worked to take away rather than add features to gain maximum streamlining in a beautiful casing. Ferrari believes in dovetailing form and function and this is embodied in the F12 Berlinetta. Its coupe lines maximise air flow down the car and away from the bonnet.
Inside, the car has an air of sophistication in a classy, understated design. It has a minimalistic, sporty feel, whilst providing the necessary elements of a road car. Detail and technology go hand in hand, a signature of Ferrari’s style. Hence the luxury interior allows the driver to access all controls without having to take their hands off the steering wheel, with easy access to the Formula One gearbox in the central bridge.
6. Ferrari Dino 246
Ferrari devotees could argue all day long about which is the greatest, but for many, the Dino 246 is the greatest example of the company’s work. It picked up where the predecessor 206 GT took off but offered a larger V6 engine, bigger wheels, and a longer length. It was a popular Ferrari commercially, but the company stopped production in 1974 after only five years of production. The car comprised an engine capacity of 2.4 liters with a cast iron engine block. It was produced as a rigid framed model and then once its popularity was established a GTS was produced with the same lines of the GT version.
It was produced at the same time that Enzo Ferrari was passing over the business to Fiat and he was able to devote time to his first love – racing cars. The 246 looked very similar to the 206 but of course, the engine revealed many changes. The engine was changed from 2 to 2.4 liters and the engine block changed its material to cast iron. Subtle changes, but miraculous innovations to Ferrari superfans. As with all Ferraris, a limited number were created, with 2487 GTs produced and 1274 GTSs.
5. Ferrari Enzo
In 2002, Ferrari produced a car in homage to its great master, Enzo Ferrari. As ever, it encapsulated the company’s latest discoveries in technology and finesse. It was a rare car with only 400 being produced, according to Ferrari. The inspiration of the Enzo is clearly from the company’s Formula One experience. Even the steering wheel had controls in line with an F1 model and the engine was copied from the racing car of 1990. The car was extensively tested on roads, in wind tunnels to ensure that the car tested under all circumstances and could be fine-tuned for maximum performance. It provided a benchmark for future Ferraris as it worked so well.
As is often the way with Ferrari, the exterior is the focus of the beauty rather than the interior and it was praised for being so revolutionary. As with any Ferrari, the engine is phenomenal, with a V12 engine at its heart and a braking system which featured carbon ceramic discs. Collectors love the car and regard it as one of the greatest models ever created for its amazing speed capacity and sleek beauty.
4. Ferrari 599 Fiorano
A car designed for a pleasurable drive as well as exemplary performance, the 599 goes from 0-62 in 3.7 seconds. The Fiorano takes its name from the track that Ferrari uses to test its cars. It has beautiful lines that enthusiasts rave about as being innovative. The design is by Pininfarina, as with many Ferrari models and was designed to be ground-breaking. It has an aerodynamic feel inside and out. Looking from above reveals what are known as buttresses either side of the wraparound back window and this streamlines the drive. The inspiration for the Formula One car is evident everywhere and it shows how much freedom the designers and engineers were given.
It looks like a high-performance car, which of course, it is. It has very front-sloping lines and a sculptured outline, with the whole car showing inspiration from the Ferrari Berlinetta of the past. It has a beautiful interior, in contrast to some of the starker, sportier interiors of other Ferraris. The upholstery is in finest leather whilst the dashboard area combines aluminum and carbon fiber. Of course, the engine is a fascination for super fans. The V12 engine and formula one gearbox provide the feel of the racing car on the road, and this is the heartbeat-skipping thrill that Ferrari fans crave.
3. Ferrari F50
This 1990s version from the Ferrari dream house is another all-time favorite for many fans of the supercar. With tight handling and super speedy acceleration, the car is said to be a dream drive. A family car it certainly is not. There is no luggage space, stereo or electric windows but it can be converted from a hard top to a convertible by unscrewing some bolts. The developments that Ferrari introduced in this model included a carbon fiber tub and Bilstein sensors in the suspension. The sensors ensured better handling around sharp corners and of course made the car more comfortable to drive.
Of course, the engine was the piece de resistance with a V8 engine inspired by a Formula 1 racing car. It turned out to signal the end of an era as well, as it was the final Ferrari hypercar which included a manual gearbox. Only 349 of these Ferraris were made, two were bought by the Sultan of Brunei, who had his cars customized for a left-hand drive version. Whilst the original purchase price of the 1995-1997 car was around £349,000, a Ferrari F50 today could fetch as much as £1.3 million.
2. Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB
Only 56 made a few with a removable hard top over 1960-1961. Has a 3-liter V12 engine and had a top speed of around 140mph. it was essentially a sports racing car but with the addition of interior luxuries such as leather seats and carpeted footwells. The California convertibles are the most coveted of this tiny cluster of cars with bodywork by Scaglietti. One of the main attractions for fans is the similarity to a racing car, it featured in the film, Ferris Bueller’s day off, although the car in the film was a fiberglass copy. The rarity of the car and the supreme handling and speed make it one of the most desirable high-performance cars of all time.
The Spyder was designed for the North American market according to Wikipedia. It derives inspiration from the 250 GT open top with an engine based on the 250 Tour de France model. The cars make ridiculous amounts of money at auction because of their supreme desirability factor and the rarity of them. One was found in a barn under some magazines and sold for millions at auction even though it was not in tip-top condition.
1. Ferrari 275 GTB/4
The innovations present in this sporty little number included a rear mounted gearbox as well as the inclusion of independent rear suspension, and around 450 were made, some adapted for track racing. It had success on the race track in the late 1960s and debuted at the Paris motor show of 1966 according to The Telegraph. Of course, it received a rapturous reception, and so began a golden era for Ferrari and their prolific production.
Ferrari devotees love the styling and the feel of the cars, and this GTB is no exception. The handling of a racing car within a road car remains an iconic holy grail for those who aspire to own one. Hitting the market in 1967 it introduced the four-cam engine and incorporated four-wheel suspension, a V12 engine and the beauty and splendor of Pininfarina’s sublime design. The change of engine was inspired by competition from companies who aspired to produce the brilliant and performance of a Ferrari. Another reason that enthusiasts love this model is that it was the last of the 275s to be produced. The company subsequently introduced the 365 Daytona.