Since the late 40s, Ferrari and its trademark prancing-horse logo has been one of the most powerful , most recognized brands worldwide. A ’62 Ferrari GTO became the most expensive used car in history, commanding over $38 million in a 2012 sale. Their road cars in particular are seen as a symbol of wealth, speed, luxury and taste – but how much do you really know about Ferrari, the company?
Founder Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena in 1898; after serving with the Italian army in WWI, he became a test driver and eventually went on to race in the 1919 Parma-Poggio di Berceto hillclimb race. The company’s prancing horse emblem was inspired by a necklace given to Enzo by fighter pilot Francesco Baracca, who was tragically shot down and killed in action.
After efforts to build race cars in the 20s and 30s, the first-ever Ferrari-badged car was the 125S, released in 1947 with a tiny, high-revving 1.5 liter V12 engine. It was soon followed by the 166 Inter, marking their entry into the Grand Touring market. Early Ferraris featured sweeping, sexy bodywork custom-designed by coachbuilders like Bertone, Zagato and Pininfarina. Along with models like the 458 speciale, 488 GTB, Spider and Berlinetta, Ferrari has also been famous for over-the-top supercars such as the Ferrari Mythos, Modula and 612 Kappa.
All Ferrari road cars have been inspired to one extent or another by their experience in racing; Ferrari can lay claim to such famous racing names as Alberto Ascari, Jacky Ickx, Michael Schumacher, Oliver Gendebein and Giancarlo Baghetti. Ferraris have historically racked up wins in events like 24 Hours of LeMans, Formula One racing and many, many more.
Today, Ferrari is part of the Fiat family, with Fiat Group owning 85 percent of the company.
While the company has seen lots of changes over the years, one thing has stayed constant – Ferrari’s reputation for bold, cutting-edge automotive design. Another thing that hasn’t changed is Modena Motorsport’s commitment to first-rate repair and maintenance work on these thoroughbred automobiles. Whether you’re coming in for warranty service, routine preventive maintenance, major repairs or just an oil change, we’re there for you with a staff of factory-trained technicians and the know-how and tools to make sure every job’s done right the first time.
Along with Ferrari, we offer service on Maserati, McLaren, BMW and several other makes. We’re conveniently located in West Los Angeles on La Cienega Blvd, close to Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Bel Air and Brentwood. If you’re lucky enough to own one of these fine automobiles, you know you can’t just trust it to anyone when it comes to repairs and service. Modena Motorsport’s automotive techs bring decades of experience to the table, and it pays off in a level of expertise and customer service you won’t find anywhere else. The next time you need repair or maintenance on your Ferrari, we hope you’ll come to Modena Motorsports…contact us today!
1652 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 247-1947