But for many, there’s no substitute to the raw power and emotion of a living, breathing Ferrari. Since the company launched its road car business in 1947, it’s reputation has grown from that of a respected racing team to a creator of automotive legends.
In fact, the company has managed to maintain a waiting list for many of its models without engaging in any forms of traditional advertising.
Ferrari’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is offering more than 17 million shares of stock with the value of the Maranello, Italy-based automaker expected to approach $10 billion.
Other the years, Ferrari has been responsible for a long line of fast, powerful, and evocative sports cars and supercars. Anyone who has ever encountered a Ferrari has his or her personal favorite. However, there certain select group of cars from the company’s past and present that hold a special place in Ferrari’s history books. Which is why Business Insider compiled a list of the 10 most important Ferrari’s in company history.
These are the Ferraris that made a difference.
10. LaFerrari: The prancing horse stepped into the 21st century with the $1 million LaFerrari hybrid hypercar. Just 499 examples of the car will ever be built, and all are spoken for. Thus far, the LaFerrari is the first and only hybrid in company history.
Powered by a 6.3-liter, 789-horsepower V-12 boosted by a 161-horsepower electric motor, the hybrid stallion can reach 60 mph in under 3 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 217 mph, according to Ferrari.
9. 308 GTS: The Ferrari 308 GTS debuted in 1977 to great fanfare. The Pininfarina-designed, targa-top sports car was the car of choice on the ’80s TV show “Magnum P.I.” As a result, the 308 is one of the more recognizable Ferraris ever built.
The 308 GTS was powered by 2.9-liter, 255-horsepower V8 engine.
8. Auto Avio Construzione 815: Although the 815 doesn’t carry the Ferrari name, the road racer is the product of Auto Avio Construzione — a company Enzo Ferrari set up in 1939. Ferrari launched AAC just one week after leaving Alfa Romeo as its head of racing.
AAC built two 815 cars in 1940, which were prohibited from carrying the Ferrari name due to a non-compete agreement between the Enzo and his previous employers. The agreement prohibited Ferrari from using his name in relation to races or race cars for at least four years.
7. 250 TR Testarossa: The 1957 250 TR was one of the first Ferraris to carry the iconic Testarossa badge. Testarossa, or “red head,” is a reference to the car’s red painted engine head covers.
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The 250 TR was designed to be a dedicated road racer and was sold to Ferrari customers around the world. It was powered by a 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter V12 engine.
6. F40: Built in celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, the fire-breathing F40 was the final vehicle to receive founder Enzo Ferrari’s seal of approval prior to his death.
Sold from 1987 to 1992, the F40 was a no-nonsense race car for the road, with no luxury touches to speak off. But with a 478-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8 and a top speed of 201 mph on tap, who needs luxury?
5. 166 Inter: Built from 1948 to 1950, the Ferrari 166 Inter was based on the company’s successful 166 race cars. The model was Ferrari’s first international sales success.
The 166 was powered by a 2.0-liter, 90-horsepower V12 engine.
4. Dino 246 GT: Although the Dino doesn’t carry the Ferrari badge, it’s still a true Ferrari through and through. Named after Enzo Ferrari’s late son Alfredo (“Dino”), the 246 GT sports car was produced from 1969 to 1974.
Compared to others on this list, the Dino was relatively light on the cylinder count. Power for the 246 came from a 2.4-liter, 195-horsepower V6 engine.
3. Ferrari 250 GTO: For many, the 1962 250 GTO is the ultimate embodiment of the Ferrari ideal. Its sleek sheet metal and powerful 300 horsepower V12 is a masterful blend of raw muscle and seductive styling.
The Ferrari 250 GTO also holds the record as the most expensive car in the world. One example sold for more than $38 million at auction last year.
2. Ferrari 500: The 500 was Ferrari’s first truly successful Grand Prix racer after World War II. With the legendary Alberto Ascari behind the wheel, the 500 won a record seven races in a row during the 1952 season.
The Type 500 helped Ascari win back-to-back world championships in 1952 and 1953.
1. Ferrari 125: Launched in 1947, the 125 was the first car to carry the Ferrari name.
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The 125 is powered a 118 horsepower variant of Ferrari’s signature V12 engine.
Honorable Mention: As the saying goes, a company’s most important product is its next one. For Ferrari, that would be the 2016 488 GTB and 488 Spider.
With the 488, Ferrari has moved away from the natural aspirated engines that it has been known for and has joined the trend of turbocharged supercars. Lurking beneath the 488’s engine cover is a 661 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8.
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