Top 10 best Ferraris ever
Sports cars don't come finer than a Ferrari, and we've named 10 of the best from the past 70 years
Ferrari is one the automotive world's most evocative names. The Italian car maker is synonymous with motorsport - Formula One in particular – and it has also built some of the world's finest roadgoing sports cars.
Enzo Ferrari founded Scuderia Ferrari in 1929 purely as a racing team, and achieved great success running Alfa Romeo grand prix cars, including a stint as the official works Alfa squad. But Enzo parted ways with Alfa in the late 1930s to build his own racing cars under the Scuderia name. However, after the Second World War, Ferrari needed help raising funds to go racing, so he finally started building road cars to help fund his racing team in the late 1940s.
The first road car that Ferrari built with his own name on it was the 1947 125 S. This two-seat, front-engined, rear-drive roadster featured a 1.5-litre V12, and while capacities many have risen, the V12, rear-drive format is one that has remained in Ferrari's line-up ever since.
Since those early years, Ferrari has established itself as one of the world's most desirable car manufacturers. Its presence in F1 has certainly helped, and the mystery surrounding founder Enzo helped to fuel the mystique of the brand as a whole. But Ferrari's road cars have gone on to gain a towering reputation of their own.
Names like GTO, Dino and California, as well as evocative numbers such as 250, 308 and 512 have gone down in history, while Ferrari's newest cars deliver an exciting driving experience that does the company justice, and make ownership an experience that's recommended to anybody who can afford it.
Ferrari has expanded its model line-up over the years to include small mid-engined models like the 308, luxury four-seat grand tourers like the FF and plenty of 12-cylinder supercars including the latest 812 Superfast and the pinnacle of Ferrari hypercar knowhow, the LaFerrari. In recent years the company has also started building bespoke one-off models for well-off customers, while a series of track-only non-competition cars like the FXX are designed to give the super-rich an inside look at how Ferrari develops its performance and racing models.
But which Ferrari models are the ones that define Ferrari and its racing spirit? Here we've compiled our top 10 favourite cars from throughout Ferrari's 70-year production car history.
The top 10 best Ferraris ever
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- 1. Ferrari F40
- 2. Ferrari F355
- 3. Ferrari 250 GTO
- 4. Ferrari 125 S
- 5. Ferrari 488 GTB
- 6. Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
- 7. Ferrari Dino 246
- 8. Ferrari F50
- 9. Ferrari F12berlinetta
- 10. Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB
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- 1Introduction - currently readingSports cars don't come finer than a Ferrari, and we've named 10 of the best from the past 70 years
- 21. Ferrari F40The F40 was designed to celebrate 40 years of Ferrari, and is hugely desirable today
- 32. Ferrari F355Elegant lines and a screaming V8 made the F355 the most desirable Ferrari of the 1990s
- 43. Ferrari 250 GTORarity and motorsport success means the 250 GTO is one of the most desirable Ferraris of all time
- 54. Ferrari 125 SThe first-ever Ferrari set a template followed by many successors
- 65. Ferrari 488 GTBCurrent mid-engined flagship uses turbos and tech to deliver a thrill ride
- 76. Ferrari 365 GTB/4 DaytonaThe Daytona stuck to tradition but wrapped it in an angular body
- 87. Ferrari Dino 246When Enzo Ferrari wanted a mid-engined model, he started with a smaller rival to the Porsche 911
- 98. Ferrari F50Ferrari's follow-up to the F40 didn't gain the same cult status, but is arguably the better car to drive
- 109. Ferrari F12berlinettaThe F12 is the current pinnacle of Ferrari's front-engined, rear-drive V12 supercars
- 1110. Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWBStunning looks, race car tech and a starring role in a cult movie put the California on our list