The Horse Prances On

22 Great Moments in Ferrari History

It may seem cliche to put Ferrari on a pedestal, but cliches exist for a reason. There’s no getting around it: the Prancing Horse evokes an emotion for both gearheads and regular folks alike. Provenance to performance. The why goes beyond devastating speed and jaw-dropping looks. Most can remember a specific moment that sealed the Prancing Horse’s place in their hearts, whether it was Schumacher’s F1 domination or Ferris Bueller’s joyride in a 250 GT California. From motorsport victories to pop culture appearances, these are the moments that helped solidify Ferrari’s rightful spot as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) automotive marques of all time.



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.

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