The Horse Prances On
22 Great Moments in Ferrari History
Ferrari’s First Road Car
1947: Enzo Ferrari reluctantly starts building production road cars to fund his passion for racing. The 1.5-liter V12 125 S is built. The automotive world will never be the same.
Ferrari’s First Le Mans Race
1949: The first running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after WWII was won by Ferrari’s 166MM.
Ferrari’s First F1 Win
1951: Argentinian driver Jose Froilan Gonzales wins the British GP at the wheel of a 375 F1. It’s the first of many glorious Formula One moments to come.
Formula One World Champs
1952: Alberto Ascari wins seven out of seven races to become the Formula One World Champion while racing for Scuderia Ferrari.
Of All People…
1958: Carroll Shelby — who would later take on Ferrari at Le Mans — pilots his 410 Sport to second place in the Cuban Grand Prix. It is likely one of the few F1 podiums achieved in a polo shirt.
Dino’s Engine Debut
1958: Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino”, was in the hospital when he described his design for a V6 engine to Ferrari engineer Vittorio Jano. Though Dino died in 1956 before the engine reached production, his spirt lived on through various Ferrari cars utilizing his design.
The GTO is Born
1962: Production on what is arguably the greatest car ever, the Ferrari 250 GTO, begins. Only 39 were ever made to homologate the car for Group 3 Touring Car racing. Today it’s one of the most expensive and sought-after cars in the world.
Ferrari Wins Le Mans…Again
1965: For the sixth year in a row, a Ferrari wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche bests the feat with seven wins in a row years later, but doesn’t look nearly as good doing it.
McQueen gets his Ferrari on the set of Bullitt
1967: Steve McQueen took delivery of his 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 while working on the iconic cop/car chase/testosterone-drenched film.
Miles Davis takes delivery of his GTB/4
1967: A cool-guy magnet, the GTB/4 was also owned by James Coburn, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Clint Eastwood and Peter Sellers.
Fiorano Circuit is Built
1972: Ferrari’s privately owned track is built near the Maraneelo factory and used to test their road and race cars. Legend has it that Old Man Ferrari built it simply so he could enjoy watching his F1 cars from the comfort of his trackside house. This was truly a man who loved his work.