Top 10 Most Spectacular Ferrari Models in History

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According to Brand Finance, Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand, without a shadow of a doubt. Since its humble beginnings back in 1929, Ferrari has brought to the table only the most exquisite cars, exceeding by far anyone’s expectations both in terms of design as well as driving experience. Today, the company is worth roughly $7.3 billion. To even catch a glimpse of at least one of the many outstanding Ferrari models in the street is to witness automotive heaven.

More and more automobile enthusiasts are on the lookout for the eccentric curves, sharp edges, and freakishly extraordinary designs of the past.

The artistic sensibilities pass on from one car to another in this company. Hence, the quad circular taillights that bow on the Ferrari Dino 246 GTS from 1972 still live on through the F430 masterpiece of 2009. Maybe the best example is that of the world-famous egg crate grille that first showed up on the 199 Inter of 1948 that you can find today on a monstrous V12 powered F12 Berlinetta.

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The main point is that nothing can compare to these wonders of the world, if we may be so bold. There is only a handful that Ferrari could consider ugly, but by any other standards they are simply masterworks. Discover here the most stunning Ferrari Models that put rubber to the pavement through history like no one else.

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10 Trendsetting, Unsurpassed Ferrari Models of All Time

1. Ferrari 288 GTO

Ferrari 288 GTO 1984
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This is one particular representative of Ferrari models that all novices mistake for the 308. The GTO uses composite materials in its slung, wide body and is the very first Ferrari supercar. The flared fenders and vents along with the big quad driving lights echo the 250 GTO forefather. It was so popular that Ferrari sold out before the cars were even made. Thanks to the 3-liter, twin turbo, V8 GTO engine, the top speed easily goes past the 180mph marker. This makes the Ferrari 188 GTO the fastest production car in the world. Needless to say that despite the amazing performances it does not fall short on beauty and exquisite details, either.

Ferrari 288 GTO Details:

  • Year: 1984.
  • Type: 2-seater, Berlinetta.
  • Engine: V8 twin turbo.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 400.
  • Top Speed: 189 mph.

2. Dino 106 GT

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The Dino GT experienced quite the struggle in the beginning, due to the fact that even though it was a Ferrari product, the badging did not match. However, it was both wonderfully graceful as well as uniquely designed. In fact, it is Ferrari’s first small sports car and it was created with the sole purpose of increasing sales. Needless to say that it won over some prospective owners, once they got a taste of the behind-the-wheel experience. It features a low-slung look with a sloping tail and a duckbill front end. At the same time, it exudes the same elegance that otherwise befits more expensive counterparts thanks to the signature Ferrari curved front fenders and thin side vents.

Dino 106 GT Details:

  • Year: 1967.
  • Type: 2-seater, Berlinetta.
  • Engine: V6.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 180.
  • Top Speed: 146 mph.

3. Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Speciale

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This is one of the few Ferrari models that remotely resemble a Ferrari. The 400 Superamerica looks more like a thick Russian limo than what one usually expects to see in a red stallion. The Ferrari 1959 Ferrari was built especially for the Fiat boss, Gianni Agnelli. It features an impressive V12 engine with a raw power of no less than 340 horsepower. It is boxy, yet beautiful in such a ways that no other sleeker Ferraris of the modern era could ever match. The beautiful design stands out thanks to the tall rectangular grille and greenhouse with an elegant wraparound windshield. Furthermore, the blocky body features shiny chrome headlights and a thin chrome bumper that only adds a bonus of style to the overall design.

400 Superamerica Coupé Speciale details:

  • Year: 1959.
  • Type: 2-seater, Berlinetta.
  • Engine: V12.
  • Transmission: manual, 4 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 340.
  • Top Speed: 174 mph.

4. Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta

People already acquainted with the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso simply call this one the Berlinetta Lusso. Unlike most of the Ferrari models of its time, it was not built for racing purposes. As opposed to the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, this one is far more sumptuous. It features more luxury appointments as well as interior space and an upscale cabin which marks a welcome departure from other racing-minded Ferraris. Since it can only suit a true connoisseur, it is no wonder that Steve McQueen had one in his personal collection.

250 GT Lusso Berlinetta details:

  • Year: 1962.
  • Type: 2-seater, Berlinetta.
  • Engine: V12.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 240.
  • Top Speed: 149 mph.

5. Ferrari 512 BB

Ferrari 512 BB
Ferrari 512 BB

Even though the Ferrari 512 BB looks rather small, it packs some serious heat. The Berlinetta houses a 5-liter 12-cilinder sports engine with two rows of six opposing cylinders. Back in 1976, Pininfarina’s coachwork outclasses the 356 GT4/BB and replaces the front end with a sharper one. This barely peaks over the front fender wells and consequently gives an overall sleeker appearance to the body. However, the safety and function are understated yet still present in a small NACA duct and a simple front bumper. Ultimately, the protruding, stark engine housings and impressive rear tires add the perfect touch of menace that flawlessly suits most Ferrari models.

Ferrari 512 BB details:

  • Year: 1976.
  • Type: 2-seater, Berlinetta.
  • Engine: V12.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 360.
  • 0 to 60: 5.5 seconds.
  • Top Speed: 187 mph.

6. Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta

Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta

When it comes to extremely rare Ferrari models, the Barchetta is one of the earliest Ferraris to ever grace the earth, making it also very hard to find, let alone purchase. In fact, not even if you are able to bury yourself neck-deep in hundy dollar bills on a daily basis makes you an automatic shoe-in as an owner. Only a scarce 25 iconic, early-generation Ferrari Barchetta exist in the world. A V12 engine provides a raw power of 160 horsepower. Furthermore, the 166 MM is capable of maintaining a high degree of performance mainly thanks to its light weight and structural rigidity.

166 MM Touring Barchetta details:

  • Year: 1948.
  • Type: 2-seater, spider.
  • Engine: V12.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 140.
  • Top Speed: 136 mph.

7. Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa

Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa

On our list of Ferrari models, the Testa Rosa is definitely the most curvaceous. No wonder that it also happens to destroy everything in its wake on the track, mainly thanks to its aerodynamics. Today, it stands as the last Ferrari car that features a front engine to win the ’58, ’60, and ’61 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The name “Testa Rosa” roughly translated into English as “Read Head”, thanks to its red valve covers. Scaglietti designed and consequently built the Ferrari 250 which features large signature pontoon fenders. These stretch all the way to the base of the windshield and gives the Testa Rosa both an artistic flair, as well as a muscular appearance. Experts consider it to be the second most valuable among Ferrari models, right after the 250 GTO with a price tag of roughly $20 million.

250 Testa Rosa details:

  • Year: 1957.
  • Type: 2-seater, spider.
  • Engine: V12.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 300.
  • 0 to 60: 6 seconds.
  • Top Speed: 167 mph.

8. Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

Speaking of rare Ferrari models, this golden racer on our list is worth at least $52 million and the reason becomes pretty clear rather fast. The V12 engine capable of delivering no less than 300 raw horsepower is what sets the 250 GTO apart from all others. Car enthusiasts even consider it to be the most valuable and coveted automobile on earth. Even though it is a pioneer in the racing industry, mainly built to devour race tracks one by one, it is still worthy of praise thanks to its functional beauty. The unmistakable triple vents top off the striking elliptical grille while hulking rear fenders house interminable quad exhaust pipes. Ultimately, in today’s era of big diameter wheels and low-profile tires, the Boranni wire wheels and GTO’s tall, black sidewalls really are the ultimate thing of beauty.

Ferrari 250 GTO details:

  • Year: 1962.
  • Type: 2-seater, Berlinetta.
  • Engine: V12.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 300.
  • 0 to 60: 6.1 seconds.
  • Top Speed: 174 mph.

9. 250 GT California Spyder LWB

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If there is one car to desire above all others, this is certainly the one. Even the name suggests that the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder is to be enjoyed be wealthy Americans with a burning passion for driving and flaunting. Yet again, Scaglietti comes up with an extraordinary piece of work, namely the California Spyder, a convertible interpretation of the iconic 250 GT. One of the most impressive features is the light weight of the body which features aluminum in the hood, trunk, and doors. Ultimately, the long hood and wheelbase add a tone of supreme elegance, especially with the top down. This is truly a collector’s prize since only a scant 50 of these Ferrari models currently exist in the world.

250 GT California Spyder LWB details:

  • Year: 1958.
  • Type: 2-seater, spider.
  • Engine: V12.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 228.
  • 0 to 60: 4.5 seconds.
  • Top Speed: 174 mph.

10. Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”

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The fact that Don Johnson used to own one of these impressive works of art says enough about the Ferrari 365 Daytona. The slick wedge shape boasts virtually no angularity. At the same time, yellow parking lights flank a neatly curved front end. However, the long hood that features a rather touring style boasts nothing dramatic, but it most certainly gives the 365 GTB/4 its sleek appearance. Once you pop the top, a 4.4-liter V12 engine snarls back, feeding on 6 Weber twin-choke 40mm carburetors. As a result, together with the great weight balance, one can experience some impressive driving dynamics for such a potent GT.

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” details:

  • Year: 1968.
  • Type: 2-seater, spider.
  • Engine: V12.
  • Transmission: manual, 5 speeds.
  • Horsepower: 352.
  • Top Speed: 174 mph.

Conclusion

As futuristic modern Ferrari models seem and as many features the company constantly crams together into these red road beasts, nothing truly can compare with the elegance of the forefathers. More and more automobile enthusiasts are on the lookout for the eccentric curves, sharp edges, and freakishly extraordinary designs of the past.

Ferrari still brings to the table exquisite designs for sports cars aficionados to gaze at in awe and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

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