Journal: What Is The Greatest Ferrari Ever?

What Is The Greatest Ferrari Ever?

By Yoav Gilad
October 6, 2014
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Photography Courtesy of Ferrari North America, and by Yoav Gilad

Ferrari was founded in 1947, and now they’re in the top tier of auto manufacturers when it comes to heritage, racing, and style. There is also a mystique about them. Is it the sounds their wonderful engines make? Or the feeling of a well-timed shift when the shifter clinks home through the gates? Or simply the rush under full gallop?

It is all of it. Over the years, a small-ish factory in Maranello has consistently cranked out hit after hit and any must-drive list should include at least a couple of il Commendatore’s cavallinos. So we’d like to know what is the greatest Ferrari ever? Please limit your replies to cars built by Ferrari SpA, not cars built for others prior to the incorporation of Mr. Enzo Ferrari’s carrozzeria.

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Gary Micallef
Gary Micallef

250 swb berlinetta is my favorite. However the 250lm or lusso is also magnificent.

Nicola Stefano Zurlo

250 GTE

David
David

Having studied this question for a while now, there are to me, three answer possible depending on the budget. The”reasonable” budget best Ferrari would be the 365 GT4 BB. It is underrated, lighter and more powerful than a 512, looks stunning, and quite rare (387 examples built). The “expensive but realistic” budget best Ferrari would be the F50. It is also underrated, mid-V12, much more driveable than a F40, much better built too, and more analog than the Enzo. It’s quite rare too compared to the rest of the big 5 Ferraris, only 349 were made. It is overall, the… Read more »

Manos Stefanakos

Having only ever driven a 599, and finding it somewhat heavy at slow speeds, all I am left with, by way of personal criteria, is what Ferrari made me want a Ferrari. That honor would go to a 1967 330 GT 2 + 2 Series II. I do have to say, that for me, the styling the last 15 or so years has become too aggressive, too race car like, with the F12 being a gorgeous exception.

Frank
Frank

It shout be the 250 275 late 60’s era. Barchetta’s are cute early 50’s but not the grown up machines of the 60’s

Montgomery
Montgomery

250 GT California – Prove me wrong.

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Francois Swart
Francois Swart

288 GTO True spirit of Ferrari with modern tech but still allowing the driver to control everything

Chris Dyer
Chris Dyer

[b]1975 Ferrari 308 GT4[/b] How did I come to that conclusion? Well, obviously, this was not an easy question to answer. There’s been so many amazing, incredible, beautiful and historically significant cars made by Ferrari it’s hard to choose just one. I determined my choice by thinking of how I would actually use the car. I enjoy driving. A lot. Any car I own must be driven—I don’t believe in garage queens. I also don’t want a car with a price tag that has anything to do with millions. I currently own a mid-engined car, and that’s where the engine… Read more »

Steve Bisel
Steve Bisel

The 330P4 … only 4 or 5 ever made … but, the most beautiful race car ever produced. Three of the cars finished 1 – 2 – 3 at 24 hours at Daytona. In that year, Ford beat Ferrari in Le Mans, but … I think … Ferrari won the Manufacturers Championship.

Steve Scarpato
Steve Scarpato

Enzo, the man, not the car!

Patrick Frawley
Patrick Frawley

Never an easy question, made ever more difficult by the passage of time and the difficulties in comparing what was great in one era to another. Still, a few reasonable nominations and a few dismissals: Not the F40, not the 365GTB/4. The F40 in its garish excess and insincere pandering to a misconstrued ideal does not measure up at all well against its immediate predecessor, the far more elegant and civilized 288 GTO, or its ancestors such as the 250 GT SWB. Hugely fast, sure, but so is a tuned Fox-body Mustang. The Daytona…I would love to own one, even… Read more »

Matthew Haber
Matthew Haber

I think that the TR should be on the list, mostly because it was visually as wild as the 80’s actually were(when it debuted) I think that the early 90’s models were better though I think the F40 should be on the list, well, you all know why I think that the F355 should be on there simply because I love it and my god it sounds amazing I suggest the 458 as well simply because it was just so damn good when it came out But the best of the best I think is probably the 250 california, it… Read more »

Shawn Bosarge
Shawn Bosarge

The Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Spider! An absolutely amazing car with an amazing history to boot.

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Jan-Michael
Jan-Michael

288 GTO. Blends the best of the classics with relatively modern touches. Fast but not overly so. Just perfect.

Duncan
Duncan

the 250 GT series. As the bread-and-butter of both the showroom and the customer racing sides during the late ’50s and early ’60s when Ferrari grew into what it would become, this car was the base upon which all else became possible. It paid the bills and put trophies in the cabinet. The other cars were the window dressing.

Samir Shirazi
Samir Shirazi

250 GTO
the ultimate true GT car ever

Roland Söderlind
Roland Söderlind

The greatest Ferrari ever is the 275GTB/4 short nose. After that the FXX and third the F40 even though I´m tired seeing pictures of it. Just seen a You Tube- clip with Jaques Laffitte driving one at a racecourse. WHAT A SOUND!! Thats what a car should sound like!

Jono51
Jono51

250GTO – the market does not lie.

And nothing without a V12 engine should even make the shortlist.

Thomas Faires
Thomas Faires

Old, 335 S/TR 250. Modern, 288GTO. Both sets defined the next 20 years of respective top designs. My favorite is the 412S/MI.

Adrian Oskam
Adrian Oskam

MOST DEFINITELY THE GREAT 250 GTO. BEFORE THAT THE 250 SWB AND AFTER THAT THE DAYTONA

Gomes
Gomes

1st – F40 2nd – F40 3rd – hmm….. F40! And then you can argue about the rest of the list! 😉 Yes, I know I’m being very biased! But reason is simple… First I knew the F40… and then the others! I guess that finding the greatest ever is a bit of a strech. However, I’m not seeing no other Ferrari to be so iconic, so full of character as the F40. Of course there are others that are master pieces of engineering… and others that are sheer class! (V12’s… the GTB Lusso… etc) But for me, the one… Read more »

GregS
GregS

I believe the correct answer would be the 1957 Ferrari 250 TR.

PeterV
PeterV

288 GTO Evoluzione,
check it out, it’s the predecessor and study-model for the abovementioned F40’s !!

mtdrift
mtdrift

True, but the 288 was so limited in its production that it barely made the ripple it should have. F40’s weren’t exactly produced in great numbers, but it captured the imagination in ways the 288 didn’t – I think a lot of the of love we have for the 288 (me included) is retrospective. In its day, it was mostly ignored.

Gil Folk
Gil Folk

The Ferrari F40, in my opinion, is the greatest Ferrari ever made. The car is now over 20 years old and is STILL recognized as one of the greatest supercars ever made; that, alone, speaks volumes. Truth be told, there almost isn’t a single Ferrari that isn’t great; the 250 series was incredible, the 246 Dino (yes, that’s a Ferrari too), the 3×8’s, the Enzo, the 458…all are truly incredible in their own right. But if there was to only be one to claim the top tier, it would be the F40. As Enzo Ferrari said, “I don’t care about… Read more »

mtdrift
mtdrift

Uh, how is the F40 not dominating this discussion? Ferraris have always been beautiful, exclusive, and fast, but the F40 launched the company into the stratosphere as the leader in the business of building dreams and spurring the revolution in supercar manufacturing – especially after the awkward and sad period of the early 80’s (Testarossas and the 288 notwithstanding). The BBs were solid performers, the Testarossa raised Ferrari’s profile in the popular imagination via [i]Miami Vice[/i], and the 308 was an important presence on [i]Magnum PI[/i]- but none of the cars themselves could hold a candle to the otherworldly performance… Read more »

Paul Glyde
Paul Glyde

The ‘greatest Ferrari ever’ is the one you actually own and drive

Pedro Rocha
Pedro Rocha

may be betwin 250 GT Lusso or F40!

Gonzalo

250GTO

Rolf Sigrist
Rolf Sigrist

I’m only able to judge for street Ferrari cars:
365 GTB/4 and 250 SWB in the classic sector; F40 and F50 for the more modern (although by now classic’s as well) F-cars.

Frantisek Simon
Frantisek Simon

250TR + f40 + 360 CS

MOI
MOI

250 SWB what else?

frontkratzer
frontkratzer

testarossa

AndyB
AndyB

Now that I am older than 13, I am a little bit bored with what is the greatest *** EVER? What are the 10 best **** EVER?
Why can’t it just be what is your favourite Ferrari? Or 10 classics that are good for a budget enthusiast?
Maybe we should have another discussion on who has the greatest dad? Or why Superman is better than Batman.

Andy B
Andy B

512 bbi, thanks for asking. I generally really enjoy your articles.

T.G.
T.G.

Those who drove the big engine 340, 375mm/plus were true heros

Alvaro
Alvaro

Any of the 250 series.

ronaldin
ronaldin

250 swb

Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani

For me, and even though it is a little before my time, the 275 GTB. It was probably the last of the Ferrari’s that was built as a dual purpose sports car in that very cool and romantic period where you could drive to the office during the week, and then take it to the track. They don’t make them like that anymore.

JB21
JB21

Because I’m a child of 70s and 80s, I’d say 512BB is right up there, along with 308/328. Everybody knows though, it’s kind of gotta be F40 (/288GTO, I kind of think of them as a pack). For me though, 348 is probably the greatest Ferrari – it totally ruined my childhood Ferrari dream. Never thought that would be possible.

Ulf Poschardt
Ulf Poschardt

250 GT Pininfarina Coupé. Minimalistic hyperelegance.

Nick Ayrton
Nick Ayrton

There are lots of variables on this. There are F1 cars, there are GT cars, competition cars, barchettas, berlinettas, road cars, elegant cars.. Also, and not less important, we have to say that in the words of Enzo, he started building cars for costumers JUST for having money for the competition, so saying this, all the efforts from Ferrari in the 50s it was just for racing. And hell yeah, the 50s are the BEST decade ever in Ferrari. So.. Of course that there are the most stylish cars on the history (on my opinion) like the 250MM, the Passo… Read more »

Fellali
Fellali

250 GT TDF.

Perfect in all respects

Fernando Bunster
Fernando Bunster

330GTC

Giovanni La Monica
Giovanni La Monica

Hard question …. But for me the 250 GTO 🙂

JOE
JOE

The best Ferrari is the testarossa by far, the one with the two flying mirrors, the last of the old school by Enzo without the electronics you see in modern Ferraris of today. A true icon of the 80’s the first true supercar.

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

Matthew Lange ; I’ll take issue with you on several points ; 1) None of the recent F1 cars could ever be considered the best . Fact is when Ferrari was winning no one else was even in the game … not to mention the FIA showing extreme bias towards Ferrari doing all they could to make sure the competition wouldn’t stand a chance [ Dominated in the Courts and Boardrooms being more the actual fact of the matter ] And when they were not winning .. they were absolute dogs 2) The Maranello twins 550/575 . Both are pigs… Read more »

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

I’ve driven the GTC/4 many times (my Dad owns two right now) and in my opinion it does not hold a candle to the Daytona as a drivers car. It’s a lovely GT car although I find the seats uncomfortable and lack support. The 250SWB does need a 5 speed in my opinion which comes from doing many continental tours in my Dad’s old one. He investigated putting one in but there was not a way to do it without a modification to the chassis which he didn’t want to do. It’s not a revisionist version of the Daytona’s competition… Read more »

Andy Subbiondo
Andy Subbiondo

The [b]250 Testa Rossas [/b]in the hads of Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien and others had a string of victories and high places at LeMans that arguably did more to establish the legend of Ferrari than any other model.

Foad
Foad

A tough question, and likely why people end up collecting Ferraris as each model has its own undeniable sweet spot. However, if I had to pick one car the captures the sound, the feel, the style and the performance that is Ferrari, it would be the 512 TR – soul stirring sounds from the flat 12, striking looks without equal before or since, with modern performance, and most of all, a sense of engagement that you cant get in newer (faster) cars. 512 TR all the way!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Greatest race car is easy the Ferrari F2002 and F2004 F1 cars. While it’s easy to get romantic about the older racers these two destroyed the competition in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Both won an equal number of races but considering the F2004 is probably the fastest F1 car ever made (it still holds the lap record at most of the tracks that have been unaltered since 2004) I will go with that one as the winner. Road car is tougher and requires a bit of a split between best and greatest. The best for me is the 550/575 Maranello,… Read more »

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Only if by greatest you mean worst in ever single way 🙂

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

This was a really hard choice to make i must admit but im gonna settle on the Ferrari Daytona. You have the long hood mixed with almost a slick wedge styling and add the snarling v12. It made a very impressive GT for its time.

Pierro
Pierro

Not the easiest question you’ve ever asked us ! I would go for the 288GTO… Legend !