Ferraris are, to any car fan, as important as oil is to an engine. Whether you’re for or against the Italian manufacturer, you can’t dispute the fact that Enzo Ferrari’s exquisite creations revolutionised automobiles throughout the latter half of the 20thcentury.
But which Ferrari is the best Ferrari? Out of the hundreds of cars that have carried the Prancing Horse, which ones truly stand out? We’ve managed to narrow it down to our top nine.
Ferrari 275 GTB rally car (1964)
Chassis 06003 is special in so many ways. Not only was it the first Ferrari 275 GTB ever built – the prototype and development car during the first years of 275 GTB production – but it was later fitted with auxiliary lights, reinforced glass, a 75 per cent locking differential, a modified hood, a third windshield wiper and second rear view mirror, and then entered into the 1966 Rallye Monte Carlo, raced by Giorgio Pianta and Roberto Lippi.
Powered by a 3,285cc Tipo 213 SOHC V12 Engine, the potent Ferrari made 265 horsepower and featured vacuum-assisted Dunlop disc brakes and independent suspension all round.
Ferrari 500 TRC (1957)
Yes, that’s right: a four-cylinder Ferrari is going on our list. A revised version of the previous year’s 500 TR racer, the ‘C’ was added after it was modified to comply with the then-new 1957 C-section regulations of the International Sporting Code, a process than saw designer Scaglietti introduce even lower, sleeker bodywork.
Powered by a 2.0-litre Lampredi inline-four with dual overhead cams, the 500 TRC made 180 horsepower and boasted a top speed in excess of 150mph. Not bad for the late 1950s.
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (1968 - 1973)
Introduced at the 1968 Paris Motor Show as a replacement for the 275 GTB/4, the 365 GTB/4 featured a 4,390cc bored out version of the 275's Colombo V12. Known as the Tipo 251, this engine produced 347 horsepower and 431Nm of torque, giving the model a top speed of 174 mph and 0-60mph acceleration of just 5.4 seconds.
Featuring a revolutionary Pininfarina designed body, the 365 GTB/4 ditched the classic curves of its predecessors in favour of a sharp, edgier design. Originally, it featured headlights under an acrylic glass cover, which were later replaced with pop-up units.
1,284 examples of this brutish grand tourer were produced from 1968 to 1973. Unofficially, it was dubbed the Daytona, in commemoration of Ferrari's 1-2-3 finish in the February 1967 24 Hours of Daytona with a 330 P3/4, a 330 P4 and a 412 P.
Ferrari Dino 246 GT (1969–1974)
Hailing from 1969, the Dino 246 GT was and still is one of the most iconic Ferraris ever. An improved version of the original Dino 206 GT, it featured a larger V6 engine and a lengthened wheelbase, refining what was already a hugely impressive machine.
That 2.4-litre V6 produced 192 horsepower and 226Nm of torque, giving the Dino a claimed 0-60mph acceleration of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 146mph.
Sweeping lines and voluptuous curves made the Dino one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever, or so says Goodwood contributor Andrew Frankel, who once wrote: “Pininfarina has designed many beautiful cars for Ferrari but the Dino is rare among all cars in not having a single angle from which it is less than utterly gorgeous. Small, pretty yet also purposeful, it is a landmark in road car design.”
Ferrari Testarossa (1984-1991)
Made famous by Miami Vice, the Testarossa is by far the most ‘80s Ferrari to make our list, with its angular design, pop-up headlights, and gill-like side air intakes. 7,177 units were built between 1984 and 1991, powered by a 4.9-litre longitudinally-mounted, flat-12, producing 385 horsepower and torque of 490Nm.
This potent powertrain allowed the Testarossa to accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds, with an estimated 180mph top speed. Some really hate the Testarossa’s looks, but, to our eyes, it oozes the very best ‘80s cool.
Ferrari F40 (1987 – 1992)
No Ferrari favourites list would be complete without the F40, an iconic model that signalled the birth of the modern supercar and embodied Ferrari’s motorsport history and spirit in a road car. Built between 1987 and 1992, the mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive car was designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40thanniversary.
At the time of launch it was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive Ferrari ever, with an enlarged, 2.9-litre version of its 288 GTO predecessors twin-turbo V8 engine, producing 471 horsepower and 577Nm of torque.
The Pininfarina-designed body featured panels made of Kevlar, carbon-fibre, and aluminium, with advantages to the car’s strength and a reduction in weight, while the windows were made of polycarbonate plastic.
Ferrari Enzo (2002 – 2004)
On the more exclusive side of limited edition, just 400 examples of the Enzo were built. Inspired by Formula 1 technology, and in part developed by seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, it featured advanced composite bodywork, a carbon-fibre and aluminium honeycomb sandwich chassis and extremely advanced aerodynamics, giving it incredible downforce.
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale (2003)
Launched in 2003, the Challenge Stradale was a ‘track-focused’ version (20 per cent track day use, 80 per cent road use) of the 360 Modena, and was produced in a limited run of 1,288 units. Inspired by the 360 Modena Challenge racing car series, it featured Brembo carbon ceramic brakes from the Enzo plus improved handling, a sharper throttle response and a more aggressive set-up.
Ferrari 458 Speciale (2013)
Unveiled in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 458 Speciale was designed as a high-performance variant of the already potent 458 Italia, with forged wheels, a vented bonnet, finned side sills, a taller rear spoiler, and front and rear movable flaps and other aerodynamic elements.
Together, these aspects gave the Speciale a distinctly muscular yet sleek appearance. In terms of performance, a revised engine produced 605 horsepower at 9,000rom and 540Nm (400lb ft) of torque at 6,000rpm, allowing the car to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds.
At the time of its launch, the 458 Speciale’s power output of 133hp-per-litre set a world record for a road-going naturally aspirated engine. It is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest Ferraris of all time.
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