Being huge fans of the Prancing Horse, we dedicate this article to the brand that has created and sold beautiful pieces of art that move on four wheels. With designs that emanate Italy’s passion for racing and perfection, and power that not only is a source of melody but also the source of true Italian power, every Ferrari that has rolled-out of the Modena factory since its founding days have been well received by the discerning audience and stayed true to Enzo Ferrari’s philosophy "building the greatest cars in the world."
Also not to be forgotten is Ferrari’s favorite design studio, Pininfarina, which was headed by the creative genius, Sergio Pininfarina. Held responsible for strengthening the partnership between Ferrari, which his father started, Sergio’s creative skills helped him find a stylistic key which has made Enzo Ferrari’s cars a unique phenomenon on the international manufacturing scene for over half a century.
Designing almost every Ferrari that rolled-out from the Ferrari factory, from the Ferrari 250 GT to the unannounced Ferrari F70, one can compare today’s partnership between Ferrari and Pininfarina to the relationship between Apple iPhone and the AT&T — a partnership that is still strong today and will remain strong for the years to come.
We decided to showcase the Top-10 Ferraris, designed by Pininfarina and his team, that have stood the test of time and still look very desirable.
Click past the jump to feast your eyes on these beautiful models designed by Pininfarina’s studio.
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia
The Ferrari 458 Italia is one of the very few cars in the world that delicately balances soulful design with precisely engineered aerodynamics. And no one can pull that off better than the Ferrari-Pininfarina duo. For the design of the 458, Ferrari not only wanted a beautiful car but also a car that was more aerodynamic and lighter than the outgoing Ferrari F430, without any bulbous additions. This resulted in a car that accentuates true beauty without compromising aerodynamics. A much needed comeback by Ferrari after the slouching sales of the not-so-desirable F430 and the 360 Modena. This design also, in some ways, pays homage to the Ferrari Enzo, a flagship that truly revolutionized the supercar industry. So this junior Enzo, with its beautiful and clever design, and a powerful 4.5-liter V-8 engine, is a car that deserves the phrase "The Beauty and The Beast."
1984 Ferrari 288 GTO
Twenty-two years after their first GTO — the Ferrari 250 GTO — Ferrari unleashed its second GTO: the 288 GTO. A true Ferrari enthusiast would know that any Ferrari sporting the GTO badge was a very powerful one. In today’s world, the GTOs would be rather underpowered, with exception to the 599 GTO, but in their heyday, they were groundbreaking and put many supercars to shame. The 288 GTO was the first supercar where Ferrari forayed into the development and production of parts made from composite materials. This resulted in a stronger chassis while keeping the weight low, which was reflected in its blistering performance for its era. The Ferrari 288 GTO was one of those cars that looked and performed costlier than its actual price tag.
1987 Ferrari F40
Being the last Ferrari developed under the influential leadership of Enzo Ferrari, the Ferrari F40 is a supercar that is highly revered by enthusiasts. The F40 was the result of a final wish made by Enzo Ferrari to "build a car that would be the best car in the face of the Earth," and we truly believe that his wish stands true even through today. The Ferrari F40 was designed along the lines of the 288 GTO, which has speed and power written all over. The design was dominated by a tall spoiler that didn’t suit the sleek style of the car, but because of the limited technology and the 196 mph top speed, Ferrari had to install it to keep from heading skyward. This car is still considered to be "The True Supercar," a rarity in a world where computer aids take over human interaction in any latest-gen supercar
1957 Ferrari 250 GT California
For wealthy people that wanted to enjoy the wind and soak up the sunshine in a Ferrari, the Ferrari 250 GT California was the car that answered their demands. It looked like a million dollars and was a car that commanded respect from any onlooker. Part of the famous 250 GT lineup, this car was powered by a 280-horsepower V-12 engine that promised track-like performance, while not compromising on comfort when cruising the streets. It is one of the most desirable cars and collectors are always on the lookout for one in pristine condition.
2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
the Ferrari 599GTB simply stays true to Ferrari's tradition of "beautiful cars that can smoke the competition with immense, passion fueled power."
With a design that Ferrari was proud of and power that shamed most supercars of its era, the Ferrari 599 GTB was launched to a huge group of salivating Ferrari enthusiasts at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. It received positive reaction from the audience and press alike, with people calling it the "Most beautiful Ferrari ever made."
With its stretched bonnet that harks back to the 1967 Ferrari Daytona and muscular curves, the car was instantly recognizable as a Ferrari that was no slouch. With the 6.0-liter V-12 from an Enzo, the car was the most powerful production car of its time: with an amazing 620 Italian horses powering the beast. As is Ferrari’s nature, the GTB Fiorano balanced power with exotic beauty. Overall, the Ferrari 599GTB simply stays true to Ferrari’s tradition of "beautiful cars that can smoke the competition with immense, passion fueled power.”
1957 Ferrari 250 TR
The Ferrari 250 TestaRossa was a race car based on the Ferrari 250 lineup that won many races, including the ’56,’60 and ’61 Le Mans. The road version of the car was handcrafted by Ferrari’s favorite coach builder, Scaglietti, which is evident in the meticulous crafting of front fenders that separate from the bonnet, giving it a Formula One look and feel to the whole car. It was more like an F1 car that wealthy people can drive home or to work. The Ferrari 250 TR is currently the most desirable and sought after Ferrari after it snagged a $16.4 million bid at auction in 2011, a new world-record auction price for a car.
So, is it a Beverly Hills villa or a Ferrari 250 TR?
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB
The Ferrari 275 GTB revolutionized the Berlinetta series of GT cars from Ferrari. Designed by Pininfarina and precisely crafted by Scaglietti, the Ferrari 275 GTB spawned a new series of cars that are loved and respected by the Ferrari enthusiast, even in today’s world. Clearly the design of the 275 GTB is a source of inspiration for the Berlinettas of today.
2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The successor of the outgoing 599 GTB, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta’s design clearly pays homage to the early 250 and 275 GT lineup of Berlinettas of the mid-20th century. The car is also another example of style mixed with precise aerodynamic proportions. This trait is seen in design elements such as the carefully sculpted scoops and vents that channel out air while creating massive downforce. Even when it’s standing still, the F12 Berlinetta looks like its constantly moving at top speed. It snatches the title of "fastest production car by Ferrari," from the 599 GTO. So, there is a beast lurking underneath beautiful body. But, nevertheless, its a car that can be driven on long trips with comfort and restrained power. A true Berlinetta from the House of Ferrari.
2002 Ferrari Enzo
Named after the company’s founder, the Enzo was one of those cars that revolutionized Ferrari’s stance in the supercar segment. The car was dripping in F1 technology, from the carbon-fiber body to the F1-style paddle shift transmission to the Carbon ceramic composite disc brakes. Also debuted on the Enzo was active aerodynamics, which mechanically actuated the rear wing for downforce at speeds above 300 km/h (186 mph). The design of the car was just phenomenal. With a nose that is inspired by F1 design and gullwing doors, this was a car that boys would dream about and glue posters of on their walls just to drool at. This car is still fast and desirable in today’s world, as people still think twice about whether to choose an Enzo or any other current supercar. Ferrari has indeed built a future-proof car since launch in 2002.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
The last, but by no means the least, we come to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. This is the case of "Save the best for last." Only 39 examples of the 250 GTO were produced between 1962 and 1964, making it one of the rarest Ferraris. It doesn’t disappoint in the performance department either, having won 3 consecutive FIA world championships in its class. Performance aside, this car is a true object of lust, thanks to the designers at Pininfarina and the impeccable coachwork at Scaglietti. It was reported that one example of this angel fetched more than $31 million dollars in a private auction.