The first Ferrari ever offered with automatic transmission, the 400 was aimed at the American market, and was meant to take the prancing horse into the boardrooms of Europe and the US. But the 400’s automatic box was a most un-Ferrarilike device, a lazy three-speed GM Turbo-Hydramatic also used in Cadillac, Rolls-Royce, and Jaguar.
One of the best-selling Ferraris ever, the 308 GTB started life with a fiberglass body designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. Power was courtesy of the V8 3.0 engine and five-speed gearbox inherited from the 308 GT4. With uptown America as the GTB’s target market, federal emission regulations made the GTB clean up its … [Read more…]
The Berlinetta Boxer was meant to be the jewel in Ferrari’s crown—one of the fastest GT cars ever. Replacing the legendary V12 Ferrari Daytona the 365 BB was powered by a flat-12 “Boxer” engine, so named for the image of the horizontally located pistons punching at their opposite numbers. Mid engined, with a tubular chassis … [Read more…]
Pretty enough to stop a speeding train, the Dino came not from Enzo Ferrari’s head, but from his heart. The Dino was a tribute to the great man’s love for his son, Alfredino, who died of a kidney disease. Aimed at the Porsche 911 buyer the 246 Dino engine came with only half the number … [Read more…]
The classically sculptured and outrageously quick Daytona was a supercar with a split personality. Under 120 mph (193 km/h), it felt like a truck with heavy inert controls and crashing suspension. But once the needle was heading for 140 mph (225 km/h), things started to sparkle. With a romantic flat-out maximum of 170 mph (280 … [Read more…]
In an era when Ferrari was turning out some lackluster road cars, the 250 GT SWB became a yardstick, the car against which all other GTs were judged and one of the finest Ferraris ever. Of the 167 made between 1959 and 1962, 74 were competition cars—their simplicity made them one of the most competitive … [Read more…]