Classic Car Guest Post - History of the Ferrari
Image: Timitrius, 2010; Eddy Clio, 2011; David Villarreal Fernández, 2012
Did you hear about the 1953 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione Ferrari that sold for $11.9 million last month? Well, if you didn't hear it through the grapevine, the Ferrari that was driven by Mike Hawthorn and "Nino" Farina in the 1953 24 Heures du Mans sold for that much last month at an auction in Cernobbio, Italy making it the third most expensive car ever auctioned off.
The news certainly made a ton of waves, but to top off the Ferrari fever, John Lennon's 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupé will be going to auction next month at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed. That vehicle is slated to go for at least $300,000. With all of these high-priced Ferraris being sold, it's probably safe to dub this summer the summer of the Ferrari.
In celebration of some of the finest sports vehicles ever made, why not take a look at the history of the Ferrari and remember why these vehicles are as valuable and desired as they are today?
The Ferrari automobile company has been producing sports cars since the 1940s- specifically 1947- and are still producing high-end vehicles today. The first was called the Tipo 815, and although they could not officially be under Ferrari's name they were the first Ferrari cars ever. Since he had started the racing team Scuderia Ferrari for Alfa Romeo, when Ferrari decided to part ways he was forbade by contract to race or produce cars under his own name for four years.
When those four years were up, though, Ferrari produced the first sports car that was under his own name: the Ferrari 125 S. Like its predecessor it was a racing car, but it featured a V12 engine which was a trait that most Ferrari cars would adopt in the decades to follow.
Things ran smoothly until the 1960s when Ferrari faced a dispute with his main sales manager Girolamo Gardini. Ultimately, Gardini left and took with him the Scuderia Ferrari manager, the chief engineer and many others. Forced to really bring his "A game" to the table, Ferrari produced the 250 GTO with engineer Mauro Forghieri and Sergio Scaglietti. Not only did the vehicle succeed, but it went on to become one of the most famous sports cars in history.
Facing some tough times in the sixties, Ferrari pulled through and allowed Fiat to take stake in half of the company in 1969. The company is still owned by them today although Enzo Ferrari's son maintains 10 percent of the company. In his final years, the last vehicle produced and approved by Enzo Ferrari was the F40. Not only was it the last car by Enzo, but it was designed to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary.
Since the death of Enzo Ferrari, the sports car company has done extremely well, continuing to thrive while other companies of the same fashion died slowly after the death of their founders. To this day Ferrari continues to not only produce beautiful sports cars, but cars that are the perfect mesh of speed and sleek sexiness.
While this may be the summer of the Ferrari, we are more than positive that these cars will be on the race tracks for years and years to come.
By Nicole Nicholson, an exotic and classic automobile enthusiast from Montway Auto Transport. Montway is an award-winning, five-star customer-rated auto mover based in Chicago, IL. They've worked hard to earn the trust and respect of classic car collectors, dealers, and everyday automotive aficionados alike by providing safe and secure, door-to-door services and instant vehicle shipping quotes. Montway has been transporting classic vehicles since they started in 2006.