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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Sells for $48.4 Million at RM Sotheby’s Auction

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Sells for $48.4 Million at RM Sotheby’s Auction

A Record $48.4 Million Auction Sale

In Monterey, California, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4 million USD at the RM Sotheby’s auction in 2018. This price sets the record for the most expensive car sold publicly. Although it is not proven, tips have led some to believe another GTO was sold for $70 million in private. Regardless, $48.4 million is quite a ton of cash. This specific 250 GTO is one out of 36 total built by Ferrari. Even better, this car was never wrecked or repaired, making it even more unique. Furthermore, this car’s great racing history most likely helped drive the price well above the previous record.

Background & Racing History

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - Sold for $48.4 Million USD at Auction - Rear Corner - RM Sotheby's - EuroDrift

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – Sold for $48.4 Million USD at Auction – Rear Corner – RM Sotheby’s – EuroDrift

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is a very limited production model that has made headlines repeatedly, due to its collective value. The most recent 250 GT, that sold for $48.4 million USD, has quite a spectacular racing history. With one national championship and several major wins in the 1960s, this car holds historic value. In 2014, another GTO sold for $38 million USD, setting the record back then until now. This specific 250 GTO was owned since 2000 by former Microsoft executive Greg Whitten. The sale price at auction was $44 million USD, which translates to $48.4 million after fees.

Buckets of Cash & Gold

Meet the Man Who Sold His Ferrari 250 GTO for a Record $48.4 Million | Forbes – YouTube

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is an amazing collector’s car. A rare spectacle to many, this car fetches quite the price on the market. With a racing history, no wreck record, and a unique ownership history, this car is quite the rare combo. A good prediction is that this car will most likely fetch more in the future, if its taken are of properly. In conclusion, the sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT set the world record for auction price at $48.4 million.

Cash - Necessary for Purchase of 250 GTO - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Cash – Necessary for Purchase of 250 GTO – Pixabay – EuroDrift

1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB: A Genuine Classic

1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB: A Genuine Classic

A Production Reign from 1975 to 1985

From 1975 to 1985, the Ferrari 308 GTB was assembled in Maranello, Italy. This beautiful car’s initial design is by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina. The name “GTB” basically stands for “Gran Touring Berlinetta”. On the other hand, the 308 GTS is a Targa top, but that will be left for another future article. The Ferrari 308 GTB is a transverse mid-engine RWD sports car. The predecessor of the 308 GTB is the Dino 246 GT/GTS. Furthermore, the successor is the 328 GTB/GTS.

Initially, the 308 GTB made its intro at the Paris Motor Show in 1975. As per the GTS, this debut occurs 2 years later at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show. The major difference of these two models is the top design. The GTB has a hard-top whereas the GTS has the Targa top. Performance wise, both cars perform very similar. The only performance difference is mostly due to weight.

2.9-Liter Tipo F106 AB V8 Engine

Ferrari 308 GTB - Driver's Side Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 308 GTB – Driver’s Side Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB sports a 2.9-liter Tipo F106 AB V8 engine. First off, the European version contains 252 horsepower due to a dry sump setup. Unfortunately, the U.S. version tapers back to 237 horsepower. This is due to a wet sump because of emission control requirements. Furthermore, the motor is a 90 degrees V8 with a belt-driven twin overhead camshaft per cylinder bank. Even furthermore, the car has four twin-choke Weber 40DCNF carbs with a single coil ignition. On top of this, the engine works in combo with a fully synchromesh 5-speed “dog-leg” manual transmission. Lastly, this system receives support from a limited slip differential.

Racing Components of the 308 GTB

The 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB is a classic racing car at heart. Firstly, the car starts with the beastly 2.9-liter V8. Secondly, the car is built from a tube frame and glass-enforced separate plastic body. But, in June 1977, the body changed to steel. Before the steel, the car weight was 2315 lbs. Afterwards, the steel added an increase of around 331 lbs. Thirdly, the driver takes full control with unassisted rack and pinion steering.

Fourthly, the 308 GTB has an all independent suspension. This system contains double wishbones, coaxial coil springs, hydraulic dampers, and anti-roll bars. Fifthly, and finally, is the 4-wheel vented disc brakes. From the engine to suspension, this car could compete with the crème of the crop at the time. Unfortunately, nowadays, parts for this car are rare, and sometimes even manufactured new due to lack of replacement parts.

Who Doesn’t Want to Drive a 308 GTB?

This Ferrari 308 GTB Traces The Streets Of Bangkok Daily – Petrolicious – YouTube

Overall, the 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB is an amazing machine. From the beautiful styling to the V8, this car was sure to please the auto enthusiast at the time. Furthermore, this car still pleases many fans today. Today, the 1975-1985 308 GTB ranges in price from as low at $50,000 up to over $200,000. This may not equate to the value of some other Ferraris, which cost millions, but this car is well worth this price. Down the road, this car may increase in value as it is truly a stunning machine. In conclusion, although the 308 GTB didn’t reach one million USD in value, this car offers the pleasure as if it did so.

Ferrari 308 GTB - Front Corner in Museum - Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Torino, Italy - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 308 GTB – Front Corner in Museum – Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Torino, Italy – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista: Most Powerful Maranello V8 in History

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista: Most Powerful Maranello V8 in History

The Newest 488 Model

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

In 2018, Ferrari revealed a new version of the 488, the Pista. The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista has the most powerful V8 in Maranello history. Ferrari quotes that the 488 Pista is the “ultimate driving experience”. As the other 488 models, the Pista is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive model. Furthermore, the 488 Pista is built with more racing technology than the other models. For anyone that doesn’t speak Italian, “pista” stands for “track”. Hence, this vehicle is quite the experience for the money. Starting at $350,050, the Pista can only go up in price from there… starting with carbon fiber wheels.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Front - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Front – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

The Most Powerful Maranello V8

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Cockpit - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Cockpit – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista sports the most powerful V8 in Maranello history. This engine is a dry-sump twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 with 710 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. Not surprisingly, 50% of the Pista engine parts are new. The powerful Pista engine works in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 2.8 seconds. Furthermore, from 0 to 100 mph, it’s a quick 5.4 seconds. The Pista can complete a quarter mile in 10.4 seconds. Lastly, the top speed for this model is 211 mph. Note, these numbers are from Car & Driver.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

Differences from the GTB and Spider

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Side - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Side – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista differs from the GTB and Spider in multiple ways. Firstly, as mentioned above, the engine contains 50% new parts. Secondly, there is a lighter crankshaft and flywheel. Thirdly, the titanium connecting rods allow for 17% reduction in inertia. Fourthly, the compression ratio is now 9.6:1. Finally, there are 8-10% stiffer springs that can still manage to be sports car comfy.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

An Impressive Piece of Fine Art

Ferrari 488 Pista – Official Video – Ferrari – YouTube

On planet earth, the Italians are known for their fine design of clothing and vehicles. The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista is just another display of this elegant appreciation of art. From front to rear, this car is stunning with the power of the horse on the logo. With the modifications on the Pista, GTB and Spider drivers will probably be jealous. Regardless, the GTB and Spider are also amazing Ferrari vehicles. In conclusion, the 488 Pista is another stunning jewel from the land of Italy.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - Eurodrift

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – Eurodrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica: Convertible Hardtop Variant

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica: Convertible Hardtop Variant

“The World’s Fastest Convertible”

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In 2005, Ferrari introduced the 575 Superamerica. The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica is a retractable hardtop variant of the 575M Maranello coupe. Not surprisingly, this model was limited to a production of 559 units from 2005 to 2006. Surprisingly, only 43 of these models contain a manual gearbox. Furthermore, to better understand, Enzo Ferrari had a philosophy that production should always be one model short of demand. Hence, the number of 559 rather than an even 560. Lastly, at the time, Ferrari was marketing the Superamerica as “the world’s fastest convertible”.

5.7-Liter V12 with 533 Horsepower

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Engine - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Engine – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica sports a 5.7-liter V12 engine. This motor produces 533 horsepower. Noteworthy, this is a 25 horsepower increase from the 575M Maranello. With the V12, the Superamerica can reach a top speed of 199 mph. From 0 to 60 mph, this model takes only 4.2 seconds, which matches the 575M Maranello. This may be due to the additional weight from the convertible dissipating any additional horsepower.

The Superamerica Roof Design

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica, the auto maker altered the roof design. This car has an electrochromic glass panel roof that rotates 180 degrees. Furthermore, it is a patented Revocromico roof with a carbon fiber structure. The roof hinges on a single axis to the luggage compartment. This allows access to the boot, even if the roof is down. The initial roof design was used on a 2001 Vola by Leonardo Fioravanti. In addition, while the roof is down, the rear window acts as a wind deflector.

A Rare Addition to the 575 Fleet

Ferrari 575 Superamerica Start Up Rev and Accelerate – hompsan89 – YouTube

The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica is quite a spectacular vehicle. With a roaring V12 and a convertible top, this car is great for the summer. “The world’s fastest convertible” may not be the fastest anymore, but it can still stun spectators. The hardtop convertible is a perfect fit for Ferrari, which can be seen in modern models such as the California. Lastly, Ferrari did offer a GTC handling package for this car, but it was optional. In conclusion, the 575 Superamerica is one of the best convertibles of its time.

Ferrari SP38 at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Ferrari SP38 at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

A Uniquely Elegant Ferrari

Ferrari SP38 - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

At the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Ferrari displayed the new SP38. The Ferrari SP38 is a specially commissioned model funded by one of Ferrari’s most dedicated clients. At a whopping price of $4 million, the SP38 is quite a spectacle. At the Concorso, the titling for the model was “SP38 Deborah”. The event occurred on May 26, 2018 in Italy.

3.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V8

Ferrari SP38 - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Ferrari SP38 is by no means a calm or quiet beast. Under the hood, there is a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This Ferrari motor produces around 662 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. Not surprisingly, this will allow the SP38 to reach over 200 mph. Additionally, 0 to 60 mph should take slightly over 3 seconds. Though, please note, actual performance numbers are not verified at this point.

Design Hues from Past Ferrari Models

Ferrari SP38 - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

From front to rear, the Ferrari SP38 takes some design hues from past Ferrari models. Firstly, the chassis and running gear are directly from the Ferrari 488 GTB. Secondly, on the front, the slimline bumper reminds of the Ferrari 308 GTB. Thirdly, the rear wing and engine cover tip a hat to the stunning Ferrari F40. The rear engine cover sports three transverse slates for heat dissipation. Furthermore, the SP38 has quad taillights and a high-mounted twin-exit exhaust system.

A Beautiful Addition to the Ferrari Family

FERRARI’S TOP FEMALE Client Buys $4 MILLION Car (SP38 Deborah) – effspot – YouTube

The Ferrari SP38 Deborah made a beautiful appearance at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. With its stunning style and powerful V8, this car is quite a machine. Thanks to one of Ferrari’s biggest clients, people can enjoy another trademark model by the Italian manufacturer. Although it may not hit production, this car is one of Ferrari’s top designs. Furthermore, even though performance numbers are not confirmed, Ferrari did test the SP38 at the Fiorano test track. In conclusion, the Ferrari SP38 is just another stunning Italian vehicle.

Ferrari SP38 - Side from Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Ferrari SP38 – Side from Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

 

Ferrari 641: 6 Wins in 1990 Formula 1 Season

Ferrari 641: 6 Wins in 1990 Formula 1 Season

The Formula 1 Ferrari 641

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In the 1990 Formula 1 season, Ferrari used the 641, also known as the F1-90. This Formula 1 racing car was the main vehicle of the Ferrari racing team for the entirety of the season. The Ferrari 641’s design is by Enrique Scalabroni and Steve Nichols. Furthermore, Steve Nichols was a McLaren designer who helped the project. With 6 wins during the 1990 Formula 1 season, the Ferrari 641 was competitive with McLaren, but at 10 horsepower less. At high speed, the 641 held its ground regardless of the power difference.

Ferrari Tipo 036/037 3.5-Liter Mid-Engine V12

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 641 sports a Ferrari Tipo 036 3.5-liter mid-engine V12. This motor is capable of 680 base horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 7-speed semi-auto transmission. In San Marino, the 641 withheld the number 037 engine instead. This motor works on Agip fuel, a former Italian auto gasoline. To get the power to the ground, the 641 has Goodyear tires. The Ferrari 641, or F1-90, definitely packed the power to compete in the 90s Formula 1 season.

Race Worthy Engineering: Chassis & Suspension

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 641 Formula 1 race car was built with a race worthy chassis and suspension. Firstly, the 641’s chassis comprimes a Kevlar and carbon fiber composite monocoque. Next, the suspension differs slightly in the front and rear. Both the front and the rear contain anti-roll bars, double wishbones, and telescopic shock absorbers. In the front, there is push-rod actuated torsion bar springs. On the other end, in the rear, there is push-rod actuated coil springs. Surprisingly, only one 641 chassis is non existent today due to destruction in testing. Lastly, while two remain in museums, four are privately owned by collectors.

A Throwback to 1990 Formula 1 Racing

Ferrari 641/2 – 1990 (Emozione Ferrari) – sagitt76 – YouTube

This Ferrari 641 article is basically a throwback to the 1990 Formula 1 Racing season. Although this vehicle was not the best race car on the track, it still won 6 races. One of these vehicles was also in a famous collision at the Japanese Grand Prix with the McLaren race car. The Ferrari 641 and the McLaren battled it out frequently for whom was the best car. Regardless of who was better, both cars deserve respect from car enthusiasts worldwide. In conclusion, the Ferrari 641 was a beastly feat of engineering that competed with the “crème de la crème” (cream of the crop).

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Actively Racing - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Actively Racing – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Ferrari Enzo vs. Ferrari LaFerrari: Rev Battle

Ferrari Enzo vs. Ferrari LaFerrari: Rev Battle

Rev Battle Between Enzo & LaFerrari

The Ferrari Enzo and the Ferrari LaFerrari are two of Ferrari’s most amazing vehicles. The Ferrari Enzo was produced from 2002-2004 while the LaFerrari was produced 2013-2016. This is over a 10-year difference in performance and technology. Regardless, both cars are amazing and unique to themselves. Not surprisingly, an owner of an Enzo and an owner of a LaFerrari decided to have a rev battle. Listening to these two V12 engines roar is basically a symphony of its own. But, in the end, it is up to the viewer to decide who wins this battle.

The Legendary Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Enzo - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari Enzo – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The legendary Ferrari Enzo is currently valued at over $3 million USD. This car sports a 6.0-liter Tipo F140 B V12. This V12 engine produces 651 horsepower and 485 lb.-ft. of torque with an 8,200 RPM redline. The motor works in combo with a F1 gearbox. Furthermore, the Enzo can reach 60 mph in only 3.14 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 6.6 seconds. This is faster than many basic production cars can reach 60 mph. Lastly, the Ferrari Enzo completes a quarter mile in around 11 seconds.

The Newer Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari LaFerrari - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari LaFerrari – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The newer Ferrari LaFerrari is worth $7 million USD at auction for the coupe while the Aperta hit $10 million USD. This makes the LaFerrari the most valuable 21st century vehicle sold at auction. From 2013 to 2015, The LaFerrari coupe was in production while the Aperta was produced from 2015 to 2016. The Ferrari LaFerrari sports a 6.3-liter F140FE V12 engine. On top of this, there is also an electric motor and KERS.

The engine setup works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual. With the electric motor and V12, the LaFerrari boasts 950 base horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. The LaFerrari can reach 62 mph in only 2.4 seconds and 124 mph in less than 7 seconds. Furthermore, it can reach 186 mph in only 15 seconds. Lastly, the top speed exceeds 217 mph… phew!

Who Won? You Make the Choice!

LaFerrari vs Ferrari Enzo INSANE Rev Battle! – Marchettino – YouTube

Although the LaFerrari is a better performing vehicle, the Enzo is competitive in the sound realm. Listening to the symphony of two V12s battle is an opera of its own. Each car has a uniquely tuned sound to satisfy any car fan. Furthermore, it is up to the viewer to decide who wins this rev battle. If you decide, be sure to let us know on our Facebook page! In conclusion, both the Enzo and LaFerrari are amazing feats of engineering deserving upmost respect.

2019 Ferrari Portofino: Replacement for the California

2019 Ferrari Portofino: Replacement for the California

The Replacement for the Ferrari California

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2019 model year, Ferrari will begin selling the all-new Portofino. The 2019 Ferrari Portofino is the official replacement for the California. This new Ferrari remains a hard-top convertible with a new style and upgrades. Due to Ferrari’s success with California sales, this car targets the same market segment. This sector includes 70% of all-new customers to the Ferrari brand. Obviously, new customers are great for Ferrari, so targeting them only makes sense.

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

3.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 with 591 Horsepower

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Ferrari Portofino sports the same 3.9-Liter Flat-Plane-Crank Twin-Turbo V8 as the California. Basically, the difference is an increase of 38 horsepower and 3 lb.-ft. of torque. This means the Portofino has 591 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the Portofino is said to reach max boost 5% quicker than the California. Not surprisingly, this motor works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. With a top speed of 200+ mph, the Portofino can reach 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds, or less. Even furthermore, the Portofino should be able to reach around 460 miles before refueling… wow! This makes the Portofino faster than the Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Bentley Continental GT, and Mercedes-AMG SL65 Roadster.

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Technological Advancements Over California

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Overall, the 2019 Ferrari Portofino receives a few overhauls in comparison to the California. On the steering wheel, there is the Manettino switch for the vehicle’s mode, such as Comfort or Sport. Furthermore, there is a D button to select transmission mode, such as auto or manual. As with most sports cars, the vehicle contains an electronic differential with active torque-vectoring. Otherwise, the interior features quite a bit of technology. This includes navigation and other basic necessities. Even furthermore, there is 2 extra inches of legroom in the rear. Finally, the retractable roof can be motioned up to 25 mph.

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino - View of Retractable Roof in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – View of Retractable Roof in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Will the Portofino be as Successful as California?

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Open Convertible Top Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Open Convertible Top Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The main question by Ferrari, and many consumers, is if the Portofino will be as successful as the California. With the achievement of the California, Ferrari will need to ensure the same target audience maintains interest. Most Ferrari enthusiasts upgrade to a higher-level models while new entries prefer the California. With the overall enhancements, the Portofino should attract the right customers. In conclusion, the 2019 Ferrari Portofino is a beautiful sports car that should be Ferrari’s next popular model.

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Open Convertible Top Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Open Convertible Top Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

FIRST LOOK at the NEW Ferrari Portofino! – Shmee150 – YouTube

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Open Convertible Top Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Open Convertible Top Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Ferrari 550 Maranello: 2-Door Berlinetta Grand Tourer

Ferrari 550 Maranello: 2-Door Berlinetta Grand Tourer

Ferrari’s 2-Door Berlinetta Grand Tourer

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Driver Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Driver Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

From 1996 to 2001, Ferrari produced the 550 Maranello for the sports car market. The Ferrari 550 Maranello design is by Lorenzo Ramaciotti at Pininfarina. To no surprise, the 550 Maranello was built in Maranello, Italy. As a front-engine Ferrari, this car was debatable upon enthusiasts. Regardless of the debates, the 550 Maranello proved to be another Ferrari powerhouse vehicle.

5.5-Liter Tipo F133A V12 with 478 Horsepower

Ferrari 550 Maranello - Engine - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Ferrari 550 Maranello – Engine – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 550 Maranello sports a 5.5-liter DOHC Tipo F133A V12 engine. In addition, this motor has 4 valves per cylinder and a variable length intake manifold. Furthermore, the 5.5-liter V12 engine produces 478 horsepower and 419 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 6-speed manual transmission, the 550 Maranello can hit 62 mph in only 4.4 seconds. The 550 Maranello can complete 0 to 100 mph in 9.6 seconds. Lastly, this vehicle can complete a quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at 116.9 mph. The top speed of the 550 Maranello is 199 mph.

Double Wishbone Suspension & Technology

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 550 Maranello arrives with a double wishbone suspension. This suspension uses coaxial coil springs and dampers. Furthermore, there are front and rear anti-roll bars. For the steering, the car uses a rack-and-pinion system with variable power assist. On the technology side, the car offers an electronic driver aid system including anti-slip regulation. Lastly, the braking system design is a four-way ABS layout.

Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina

Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina - Front Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina – Front Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Although the 550 Maranello seems to be the most popular, there was also a 550 Barchetta Pininfarina model. This model is a convertible with no real top and a cautioned top speed of 70 mph. There were only 448 total models made which was increased from 444 due to Japanese market superstition. This vehicle has a different engine type with the same specifications. Basically, the difference is that it has a Tipo F133C motor instead of a Tipo F133A. There were also two other special models on the market including the Rossa and 550 GTZ. The Ferrari Rossa was a 70th anniversary edition for Pininfarina while the GTZ was a 90th anniversary edition. Not surprisingly, the GTZ MSRP was $1,600,000.

Ferrari Rossa Concept - Front Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Ferrari Rossa Concept – Front Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

2000 & 2001 International Engine of the Year

Here’s Why the Ferrari 550 Maranello Is Worth $150,000 (Or More) – Doug – DeMuro – YouTube

Overall, the Ferrari 550 Maranello is a beautiful take on a FWD sports car. With its unique styling and power V12, this car can appeal to most sports car fans. Not surprisingly, the 550 Maranello motor won the 2000 and 2001 International Engine of the Year. Currently, this car is available on the market for between $100,000 and slightly over $200,000. In conclusion, the 550 Maranello deserves the appreciation that the other Ferrari models experience.

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Passenger Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Passenger Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Driver Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Driver Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815: Enzo Ferrari’s 1st Vehicle

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815: Enzo Ferrari’s 1st Vehicle

Enzo Ferrari’s 1st Vehicle

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni is the first vehicle designed and built by Enzo Ferrari in Modena, Italy. In 1938 Ferrari left his position at Alfa Romeo running the Scuderia Ferrari racing division. From here, he decided it was time for him to begin his own automotive manufacturer. Unfortunately, his contract with Alfa Romeo forbade him from reviving the Scuderia Ferrari racing team for 4 years. So, Enzo Ferrari went forward by creating a business titled Auto Avio Costruzioni (AAC).

The 1940 Brescia Grand Prix

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Although his business’s purposes was to build aircraft parts for the Italian government, this is where he built his first car. In December of 1939, AAC was commissioned by Lotario, Marquis of Modena, to build two race cars for the 1940 Brescia Grand Prix. The race cars he built for Lotario would become the AAC Tipo 815. Enzo Ferrari’s first vehicle was able to participate in the 1940 Brescia Grand Prix. Unfortunately, both models didn’t finish due to engine problems. One of these vehicles was scrapped by Lotario’s brother while the other one was sold to a car collector in Italy.

2-Seat Barchetta with 1.5-Liter SOHC I8 Engine

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 - Engine - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 – Engine – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 is a 2-seat Barchetta with a 1.5-liter SOHC I8 engine. This motor has two valves per cylinder and a semi-dry sump lubrication system. Furthermore, this engine has 4 Weber 30DRZ carburetors. In addition, this engine produces 75 horsepower at its peak. At only 1,378 lbs., this power was adequate for racing at the time. Unfortunately, this engine is also the reason that the 815 didn’t complete the Grand Prix.

Bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring and Dubonnet Suspension

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the suspension system, the 1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 has quite an interesting setup. First, the car features a Dubonnet suspension with an integral shock absorber at the front. On the rear, this car sports a live axle on semi-elliptical leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers. For the bodywork, the work is by Carrozzeria Touring using Itallumag 35, an aluminum and magnesium alloy. Furthermore, this bodywork only weighs 119 lbs. which allows the vehicle to hit a top speed of around 110 mph.

The Beginning of the Ferrari Manufacturer Dream

Ferrari Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 startup at Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari – Andrea Manieri – YouTube

Overall, the 1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 is Enzo Ferrari’s 1st vehicle. Although Alfa Romeo didn’t want Enzo to pursue a racing team, it was his dream and goal. Alfa Romeo may have prevented Enzo was labeling his first Ferrari but Auto Avio Costruzioni was the beginning. Thankfully, the marquis of Modena was kind enough to choose Enzo for his race car builds. In conclusion, without the AAC 815, Ferrari may have never built the brand that we know today.

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

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