The name that people think of first when they think about luxury sports cars is surely Ferrari. The Italian supercar heavyweight has made its name in producing cars for the fast lane and racetrack since its inception in Maranello back in 1929. Founder Enzo Ferrari was a motor racing driver, so it’s easy to see how his skills and knowledge were used when designing and developing some of the world’s most popular and admired cars. Work really began following his discharge from the Italian Army following the First World War. Ferrari’s connection to his country’s armed forces is also the link between the Ferrari marque and its famous ‘Prancing Horse’; the same symbol adorned the planes of Italian Air Force ‘Ace’ Count Francesco Baracca during World War I.
On a global scale, Ferrari’s reputation is one of both extreme power and desirability. Their consistency in designing and building truly exotic cars is unsurpassed, with only Lamborghini coming as a close second in producing such exclusivity. The F430 and California models are currently available for our vast database of used and nearly-new cars.
The history of the Ferrari marque begins with its racing pedigree. The Scuderia Ferrari racing team was almost 20 years old before the first Ferrari-badged race car - the Tipo 125 - was introduced to the racetrack in 1947. Prior to this, Scuderia Ferrari was the race team of Alfa Romeo. Enzo Ferrari himself was dismissed by Alfa in 1931 following disagreements with regard to Scuderia Ferrari being absorbed by the Alfa Corse organisation (Alfa’s own racing name), and was banned from entering motorsport under his own name for four years. With design and development - and the Second World War - completed, the next stage for Ferrari and his marque was the Formula One World Championship, which they first entered in 1950. To this day, Scuderia Ferrari is the only team to have competed in every F1 season from inception to the current 2016 season. Over the next 60 years, Scuderia Ferrari would go on to win 16 F1 Constructor’s Championships and 15 Drivers’ Championships, seven of which were taken by Michael Schumacher, who dominated the 2000-2004 seasons winning five titles back-to-back.
The Ferrari road car history is no less exciting than its motorsport counterpart, with a host of outstanding and expertly engineered sports cars being regularly produced over the years. In late 2015, a new holding company of the Ferrari Group - Ferrari N.V. - was established. This followed the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group’s (FCA) announcement of its intentions to separate Ferrari from FCA. This separation was completed in early 2016.
While Ferraris have appeared in numerous films and television programmes, one of the marques most iconic cars - the 1961 250 GT California Spyder - was one of the stars of the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a perfectly preserved model that met an ugly demise after it was accidently reversed into a ravine from a great height.
If you are considering a Ferrari as your next car, have a read through our owner reviews below. These are completely unbiased opinions from people who own and drive a Ferrari on a regular basis. You can also read our expert reviews and reviews from the Parkers car guide.