Ferrari


May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 3, 2017

Ferrari LogoBrief History About Ferrari

Ferrari (Ferrari Scuderia) was founded in 1929 in Italy by Enzo Ferrari. Enzo was into race cars and as such setup the company to build and sponsor drivers, with much work coming from Alfa Romeo.

After the war Enzo decided to build road cars and in 1947 Ferrari SpA was created in Marenello and built its first road car, the 125 S with a small 1.5 litre V12 engine. And also during the 40’s and 50’s Ferrari continued and was very successful in motorsport and was seen in most major events.

In 1961, Ferrari suffered the loss of some of its top managers, engineers and developers, due to tension between the management and interference from Enzo’s wife. The leavers then setup their own automotive company called ATS to compete against Ferrari. However Enzo managed to recruit some great automotive talent and came back stronger than ever.

A slight hiccup did occur however in the mid 60’s with strong challenges and wins from Carroll Shelby’s Cobra and Ford’s GT40. Ford even tried to buy Ferrari, unsuccessfully before building the GT40.

In 1969 Fiat bought a 50% stake in Ferrari, which had grown to 85% by 2008 and 90% by 2014. The investment from Fiat allowed Ferrari to grow and expand, producing some of the most iconic supercars the world has seen. Also in 1969, Porsche began to compete and be successful against Ferrari on the race circuit and so prompted new development in Ferrari race cars.

Much motor racing success was had by Ferrari during the 70’s, along with a few more iconic cars from them with many seemingly appearing on TV during the 80’s, such as a Testarossa and a Daytona (mostly a replica) in Miami Vice, a 308 in Magnum PI and a 250 GT California in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (however, again a replica).

In 1988 Enzo Ferrari dies at the age of 90, but did see in the production of the outstanding F40.

During the 90’s and into the new millennium, Ferrari again have much success with racing and have produced some amazing cars.

In 2014 Fiat announced it would separate Ferrari from the FCA and sell its shares in the brand and this will probably take place by the end of 2015.

Ferrari 250 GTO
250 GTO 1962-1964

Ferrari 275 GTB
275 GTB 1964-1968

Ferrari Daytona
Daytona 365 GTB/4 & GTS/4 1968-1974

Ferrari Dino
Dino 246 1969-1974

Ferrari 308
308 GTB & GTS 1975-1985

Ferrari 328
328 GTB & GTS 1985-1989

Ferrari 348
348 1989-1995

Ferrari 400
400 1976-1984 & 412 1985-1989

Ferrari Mondia
Mondial 1980-1993

Ferrari Testarossa
Testarossa 1984-1992

Ferrari 512
512 TR 1992-1995 & F512 M 1995-1999

Ferrari f40
F40 1987-1992

Ferrari 456
456 1992-2003

Ferrari f355
F355 1994-1999

Ferrari f50
F50 1995-1997

Ferrari 550
550 1996-2002

Ferrari 575
575 2002-2006

Ferrari 360
360 1999-2005

Ferrari Enzo
Enzo 2002-2004

Ferrari F430
F430 2004-2009

Ferrari 430 Scuderia
430 Scuderia 2007-2010

Ferrari 612
612 2004-2010

Ferrari FXX
FXX 2005

Ferrari 599
599 GTB 2006-2012 & GTO 2010

Ferrari 458
458 2009 on

Ferrari California
California 2009

Ferrari FF
FF 2011

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
F12 Berlinetta 2012

Ferrari LaFerrari
LaFerrari (F70)

Ferrari Sergio 2015
Sergio 2015

Ferrari 488 GTB
488 2015

Ferrari GTC4Lusso
GTC4Lusso 2016

Ferrari 812 Superfast
812 Superfast 2017

Ferrari J50
J50 2017