5 of the best Ferraris, ever
Ferrari, with its iconic prancing horse badge, is a globally recognised brand, desired by many but due to the hefty price ticket, owned by those with deep pockets. With many of the older models now collectors items, a used Ferrari can be a good investment. But to be honest, for those who own a Ferrari it’s not about the money or the depreciation or the investment, it’s simply the pleasure of having a Ferrari on their driveway.
So, if you had the chance, and the money, to buy a Ferrari, which model would you choose?
Here’s 4 of the best that we wouldn’t say no to.
Ferrari 250 GTO
Probably one of the most desired Ferraris in history, only 39 models of the 250 GTO were ever built. Not only was it an immense car on the road it was also a force to be contended with on the racetrack, clocking up wins at many races including Le Mans, Goodwood, tour de France and Targa Florio. Produced between 1962-1964 the car was sold for $18,500. Would be purchasers were personally vetted by Enzo Ferrari to check they were suitable owners. Amazingly by 1965 when the car was no longer racing, you could have picked one up for just $4,000! Nowadays you’ll be looking at $40 million plus and for a crème de la crème model you won’t get much change from $70 million – https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccalindland/2018/06/20/will-this-1962-ferrari-250-gto-be-the-most-valuable-car-ever-sold-at-auction/#358527fd7098
Developed back in 2002, only 399 cars were made, with a price tag of $659.330. All of the cars were sold even before production had started. The 400th car was completed in 2003 and was given to the Vatican for charity. Later sold at auction in the US it fetched a handsome price of $1.1 million. The car was built using the latest technology from the world of Formula 1, had a 6L, V12 engine and has a top speed of 218mph. At the time it was understood that it was an important new model but today it is now realised just how important it was in shaping the future design for Ferrari.
The Testarossa hit the headlines when it was showcased at the 1984 Paris Auto Show. Over its years in production from 1984 to 1991, the model went through two revisions. Almost 10,000 models – including the two variations – came off of the production line, making it one of the most mass-produced Ferrari models. The design of the Testarossa was bold and unique, with a sleek front section and strakes spanning from doors to the rear fenders. It’s certainly an iconic symbol of the 1980’s and it’s appearance in the third to fifth seasons of Miami Vice certainly helped to turn this supercar into a cultural icon.
The F40 was designed to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th birthday and was launched in 1987. Sadly, it was the last car that Enzo Ferrari signed off after his death in 1988 – https://www.biography.com/people/enzo-ferrari-010816. The sole purpose of the F40 was about speed, before it left production Ferrari claimed it would have a top speed of over 200 mph. The body work was purposefully made from lightweight materials with the interior being stripped out, with the sole luxury being air-conditioning. Road tests never saw the F40 hit over 200mph but that didn’t affect sales, with over 1,300 cars produced.