There is a reason Modena, a quaint city in Italy, is well known in the world of motorsports. It has a reputation as the birthplace of upper-class sports cars.
Though this area of Italy has played a role in the creation of Lamborghini, Pagini, and De Tomaso automobiles, it has one more far bigger name on its resume.
That’s right. The garages of Modena rolled out the mother of all luxury Italian sports cars, the Ferarri.
To honor this city, this article will examine the history of classic Ferraris. Though, there have been quite a few dazzling rides over the decades, which models are top tier?
Read on as we look at the 9 best Ferraris ever made.
In Italian, Testa Rossa means ”redhead.” This is a fitting name. Who thinks of Ferrari without picturing the racing red paint job that is synonymous with sports cars?
Though the car was built more than sixty years ago in 1957, the design is flat out futuristic. The contours of the 250 Testa Rossa make one consider space age. Think The Jetsons meet Formula One racing to get an idea of the design.
Yet, the ride is not just for looks. The 250 Testa Rossa won the top prize at the 24 hour Le Mans race 3 times between 1957-61.
One could argue that the 250 GT California is the car with the most class on this list. Something about it oozes high-society.
The convertible top, wooden steering wheel, spoke rims, and tan leather interiors make this one of the top classic Ferrari race cars.
One of the most famous appearances of the California was in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In the movie, you have to cringe every time the car drives out the window and smashes to bits.
However, you can rest easy knowing the Ferrari used in the film was only a replica.
The Daytona was an automobile born from competition. In the sixties, Lamborghini wowed the market with the latest in luxury supercars. Not one to be unseated from the throne, Ferarri went to work on a new model.
They introduced the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. The Daytona is a true super sports car. The long hood housed a behemoth V-12 engine.
The model got its name by winning first, second, and third in the Daytona 24 hour race in 1967.
Needless to say, the spotlight was back on Ferrari again.
Michael Bay is well known as the king of the Hollywood big-budget action film. So, when he got the chance to shoot a high-speed car chase for his film The Rock, you know Ferrari came to mind.
The scene showcases a yellow Ferrari F355 Spyder racing down the streets of San Franciso.
The film immortalized Ferrari on the silver screen. It showed, too. The Spyder is one of the most popular models ever produced.
How can there be a list of the Modena masterpieces without including the car that pays tribute to the city?
The 360 Modena is one of the more contemporary models on this list, but it is still one of the classic Ferrari race cars.
Built in 1999, the Modena is unique as being their first model made entirely from aluminum. This construction led to a lighter frame, more comfort, and increased handling.
The Modena is a good example of Ferarri pushing the boundaries of design and function. The Modena is well-deserving of its namesake.
The Berlinetta Lusso dances a ballet on the fine line between racing and splendor. The egg-crate grille and 3-part bumper configuration look like a top-of-the-line luxury mobile. However, the 12 cylinder engine suggests that the Berlinetta Lusso is a beast waiting to race.
Be advised fine car collectors – this won’t be an easy acquisition. There are fewer than 350 Berlinetta Lussos in existence.
At first glance, you might not realize that the Dino 246 is a Ferarri at all. This is because it is one of the few models from the sports car giant that doesn’t feature the yellow and black stallion logo on the hood.
Instead, the ride carries the Dino hood ornament. This new look was meant to be a sub-brand for the automaker. However, make no mistake, the Dino still has every bit of the Ferarri performance.
The performance and design make the Dino one of the best looking and most sought after Ferraris of all time.
What the engineers at Ferrari pulled off for the company’s 40th anniversary was nothing short of breathtaking.
The F40 has a staggering 470 horsepower accompanying the V-8 engine. Package all that inside a kevlar exterior, and you have an incredible machine. The design pays homage to the sporty looks that made Ferrari famous. Yet, it also shows some uncharacteristic notes like the massive spoiler.
The F40 has earned its place among the most classic Ferraris.
It’s clear from this list that Ferrari puts special care into the naming of their models. There are few vehicles named without some sort of meaning. As such, the car that was named after Enzo Ferrari, the father of up-scale sports cars, had to be unique.
Well, the Enzo is that and more. The sleek contours take their design from formula one race cars. It looks as though it ready to roll at the Monaco Grand Prix. It has speed too. The Enzo reaches 125mph in 9.5 seconds.
There have been many great models over the decades, but these 9 classic Ferraris take the cake for best ever made. These rides deserve the moniker of Modena Masterpieces.
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