From Enzo to GTO - five greats from Ferrari
There are few car brands that even those who couldn't care less about cars recognise – but Ferrari is one them. It's a name that stirs the soul of anyone with the merest hint of super unleaded flowing through their veins and the firm's cars appeal to people of all ages, all over the world.
Whether it's the traditional bright red paintwork or the sound of those famous V8 and V12 engines, only a Ferrari can induce the same sense in everyone: Desire. Here, Autoblog lets its dreams run wild and picks a tough-to-decide top-five fantastic Ferraris.
One of only a handful of cars that is rapidly appreciating in value, the Ferrari Enzo has taken its place among the supercar elite. That's got a lot to do with the fact not just any one could buy one – only those customers invited by Ferrari to place an order for one of the 400 cars it would be making could do so. Baring the name of the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari, the cars featured a 6.0-litre V12 that produced 650bhp, capable of propelling the £400,000 machines to 60mph in just 3.1 seconds. If you want one now, don't expect much change from £900k!
At the ripe old age of 90, Enzo Ferrari wanted a swansong motor – and the F40 was that car. Conceived to prove Ferrari's dominance to the world and mark the manufacturer's 40th anniversary, the F40's performance is still impressive nearly 20 years later. The 3.0-litre, twin turbo V8 pumped out a colossal 471bhp. That was enough to crack the 60mph benchmark in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 226mph. If you want to join the club, you'll need at least £295,000 to put one on your drive.
Ferrari 288 GTO
The 288 GTO was built for racing in the Group B sports car championship. Similar to the Group B rally cars, which were banned for their madness, the sports cars didn't even make it that far being canned before a wheel was turned in anger. Porsche had already committed its 959 to production and the 288GTO was intended to be Ferrari's contender. It packed a 2.9-litre V8, twin turbo lump boasting 400bhp which was good for? That'll be 186mph sir. Today they change hands for as much as £700k!
Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M
As you might have guessed by now, Ferrari likes to commemorate its achievements with special editions – and this F430 is no different. The 16M was produced to mark the manufacturer's 16th Formula 1 Constructor's World Championship in 2008. Only 499 were planned for release featuring a 503bhp V8 unit capable of hitting 60mph in 3.7 seconds. The main attraction though was its pared back lightness which made it incredibly agile and exciting to drive.
Ferrari 250 GTO
If you thought our first four Ferraris were expensive, don't take a peak at a 250 GTO's price tag... DJ Chris Evans famously shelled out £12m on one! Why so much? Well, Ferrari only made 39, most have been crashed and Evans believes it's the 'most sought after car in the world'. The 250 GTO was built to win races, and that it did: It bagged GT titles in '62, '63 and '64. That was largely thanks to an incredible 3.0-litre, V12 engine that produced 296bhp. But it's the price tag that really makes this a fantastic Ferrari!
Ok, so they are our favourite Ferrari picks, but what are yours? Money is no object and you can add just five to your dream garage – what would they be? Let us know by posting your comments below.