The Ferrari has been a highly esteemed race and street car brand since the early 1900’s. With its masterful crafting of race cars in the 1920’s, the Ferarri brand moved in the street car industry in 1947. Though almost all, if not all, of those early cars are no longer around, Ferarri continues to produce some of the most iconic motor vehicles of all time.
Ferrari in the 1960’s
Many of the production vehicles from the 1960’s make the list of all-time favorite Ferraris on any inclusive review; including the 1967 365 GTB/4 Daytona. This particular flavor of supercar earned the “Daytona” designation by entirely sweeping the trophy podium at the famous Daytona race track in Florida. The GTB/4 gained even more popularity when one of the iconic detective from the TV show “Miami Vice” selected it as his favored mode of transportation for two season of the show.
Another pop culture icon produced by Ferrari was the 250 Spyder GT California GWB. This particularly lovely little convertible can be seen during a joyride in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. Only 50 of this particular model were made and, one can only hope, the car used for the joy ride scene is a replica. The 250 Spyder GT California is one of the rarer treats produced by the Ferrari factory.
Ferrari in the 1970’s
Moving from the 1960’s to the 1970’s, anyone who watched the TV show “Magnum P.I.” would recognize the sleek design of the Ferrari 308 GTS. Magnum’s Ferarri made the most of the island roads in Oahu for the entire run of the show. Although the 308 may not have been one of the fastest ponies in the Ferrari stable, it was certainly an icon of the 1970’s “man’s man”.
Ferrari continued to produce beautifully stunning road iron well into the first part of the 2000’s, starting with the F60 Enzo model produced in 2002. The Enzo is an enviable vehicle to own, as it takes many of its styling cues and technology from the Ferrari F-1 race car. The F60 was the only other road luxury car, besides the McLaren F1, to feature a carbon fiber tub. The seriously pumped up 6.0 litre V-12 shot the F60 from 0-60 mph at the mind-blowing time of 3.4 seconds.
Ferrari is still rolling striking cars out of its production facility, with more recent history producing the F70 LaFerrari in 2013. While maintaining the classic lines of Ferrari, the F70 still manages to be enviably futuristic. This particular model, giving a nod to Green vehicles while maintaining stunning speed, produces 950 HP. With that much power wrapped by a carbon fiber/Kevlar tub, the 0-60 time for the F70 is 2.4 seconds, with a quarter mile time of 9.7 seconds.
Throughout the history of Ferrari, there has never been a single production vehicle that does not have fan-base. There are purists that believe the classic Ferraris were the best, along with purists who believe Ferrari really only started creating stunning vehicles starting in the 1990’s. Either way you look at it, all Ferraris showcase a certain beauty and creativity that no other car company has been able to compete with.