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Newsletter 49: UNIQUE FERRARI!

The unique Ferrari 360 Modena isn’t a car!  Not really!  Not in the traditional sense.  Cars are about transportation, get to grandma’s house, haul home the groceries, they’re a necessity, like food or Netflix.  The Ferrari 360 Spider F1 has little to do with transportation, little to do with necessity.

It’s a 395-horsepower sports car, a pleasure machine, pure and simple.

Oh sure, it’ll get you to granny’s, quite quickly in fact, and you can put your groceries in the boot, it’s just not the reason why you own one. You own a Ferrari 360 because you want to, because you can.

Still, the 360 is as close to a real car, a traditional car, a usable car, as the storied Italian car maker has ever produced. This was the first time, Ferrari addressed such things as interior space, basic ergonomics and overall comfort, which makes this the first of the brand’s mid-engine supercars that can truly be driven every day.

Unique Ferrari Key

Ferris Cars is extremely privileged to be able to offer this 2005 Ferrari 360 Spider for sale.

Obsessively cared for and serviced religiously by its current owner, this car has only covered 29,000 Kilometres since new and, with chassis number 140333, is one of the last 360’s produced by the factory in 2005.

We are confident in our statement that this cars is probably the best example in the country, in terms of condition, service history, accessories and originality.

Accessories alone are something to be envied, they include the original warning triangle, original spare wheel cover, original tyre/air canister, original tool kit, complete with a full set of unused tools, fuses and bulbs, all original service, owners and associated manuals, with the original Ferrari torch and an original, unused Ferrari car cover.

Collage of ferrari stuff

This particular Ferrari 360 Spider certainly befits, and deserves, the moniker unique.

It is an exceptional example of a very usable supercar.

Perfect for driving in traffic, and with 400 Italian horses at your disposal, the 360 will propel you out of the traffic and into the blue yonder, at a breath-taking 0-100kmh in a tad under 4 seconds.

For around the same price as a 2-door saloon from one of the big German manufacturers, you can have an iconic, attention-grabbing piece of Ferrari artwork, that won’t be worth half its value in 6 months!!

Ferrari on the lawn

Unique Ferrari back view

collage of Ferrari parts

Mixed Ferrari Photos

This “Unique” and very desirable Ferrari 360 Spider is offered for sale at

R 1 750 000

Unique Ferrari with its roof down

As always, we are looking for stock to buy or consign.

We specialise in Ferrari but all, high end, unique, luxury, sports and supercars welcome.

Contact Paul 082 851 3300

or

paul@ferriscars.com

or

info@ferriscars.com

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Newsletter 41: FERRARI ICONS 250 GT LUSSO

WELCOME TO 2022

Ferris Cars has some exciting things lined up for the year ahead.
More events.
Some exciting social media content.
Revolutionary new cryptocurrency options.
More fun Rhino stuff.
Watch this space!
In the meantime, you know you are always welcome, so pop in for a coffee and a chat ………….even if it is just to talk about cars and shit!!!!

Ferris Offices Outside view

FERRARI ICONS: 250 GT LUSSO

When it made its debut at the 1962 Paris Salon, the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso was unveiled as the final iteration of the 250 GT series of cars.
The Lusso, which means “Luxury” in Italian, was positioned between the more hardcore racing models and ultra-luxury variants within the Ferrari lineup.
It aimed to offer the experience of top-tier Ferrari sports car performance while being well-appointed with an arsenal to combat the demands of daily use.

The 250 Lusso is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cars to be adorned with the prancing horse badge.
Its sporty nature is derived from the use of a Short Wheel Base (SWB) chassis, shared with some of the previous competition cars, and a V12 engine fueled by three Weber carburettors.
The overall design elements of the car were ground-breaking for their time, and the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso would soon become one of the most recognisable automobiles in the world.
Exquisitely proportioned, the GT/L had an elegant silhouette which comprised of its elongated profile, curvy fenders, slim pillars, truncated rear and charismatic three-piece front bumper.

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso side view

The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso was imagined by Pininfarina and brought to life by Carrozzeria Scaglietti under the direction of Enzo Ferrari.
While the GT/L was intended to be a road-going grand tourer in every sense of those words put together, many owners ended up outfitting their cars for racing anyway. This is because the GT/L inherently possessed race car DNA, which is shared with the 250 GTO, including its SWB, disc brakes, suspension, and engine, making it a viable track toy when the latter was not an option.

Engine of a red Ferrari

Though well-received and sought after, the GT/L would ultimately have a brief production run spanning just 18 months, between the years 1962 and 1964, with only 350 examples made. At the tail end of 1964, the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, and by extension, the entire 250 GT line, would be succeeded by the incoming Ferrari 275 GTB.
This would by no means signify the end for the GT/L, as it has become a hot collector’s item in recent times.

The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso is the quintessential 60’s sports car.
Driving any Ferrari from the same era is a tremendously special experience, of which few of us have had the privilege.
The 250 is rare, expensive and highly collectable, but its value is based on the engineering, remarkable style and elegance, coupled with the exceptional performance and handling of that particular era, all of which made it ahead of its time when the car was launched in 1962
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Red Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

THE FERRIS CLINIC IS NOW OPEN FOR 2022, AND
THE DOCTOR IS READY TO HELP!

We don’t have a PhD, nor any formal medical training, but we do have a vast experience and understanding of your condition.
The bad news is that your illness is not curable, not terminal, but not curable, and is something you are going to have to live with ……….. probably for the rest of your life.
Some of our clients claim different ailments related to their illness. Some speak of a feeling of petrol running through their veins. Some talk of sweaty palms and accelerated heartbeat when visualising or being in close proximity to certain items of a mechanical nature.
Some patients, who are currently being treated, claim to have a much more fulfilling life, a sense of contentment and, in some cases, a better sex life, all due to the therapy and treatment we have prescribed.

Ferrari driving in the Sunset
Some of our patients enjoying their therapy!

This illness, unlike many others, has taken on various names over the years.
An extreme case is called, “Mechanophilia”. The most common is called, “Paraphilia”.
Locally, the most common term for this illness is
“Motor” or “Petrol” Head.
The best news of all is that our mission is to make living with your illness, as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Over the years we have developed some proven therapies to help alleviate the many varied symptoms.
If you think you may be experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, don’t delay, call Ferris immediately, and get professional help in dealing with this terrible illness.

Ferris Doctor Help Line

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Newsletter 37: 355 ….. THE PERFECT FERRARI?

The Ferrari V8 is one of the worlds most iconic inventions.
Shoehorn it into a 355 Berlinetta, the quintessential Ferrari shape, strap on a manual gearbox, the only gearbox to have….in any car, bolt a Capristo exhaust on, and you end up with what can only be described as Automotive Pornography!

The 355 was sold from 1995 to 1999, and it was offered in three body styles. There was the convertible (spider), which a lot of people didn’t like, mainly because it spoilt the cars lines with the top up. There was also a Targa model, the GTS which was an odd in-between compromise between a convertible and a coupe. And then there was the 355 Belinetta, the coupe version, which, for many, is the most beautiful regular production road car Ferrari has ever built.
There’s no bad line on this car, no awkward angle. It came at a time when Ferrari was trying to leave behind the dated wedge shape of the 1980’s, and before they went with the rounder less aggressive look of the 2000’s. For a brief period, they got things just perfect.

Another reason that makes the 355 so great, is the manual transmission version.
Newer Ferrari’s with paddles might be faster, but nothing will ever take the place of manually shifting gears in a bright silver gate.
1997 was the last year that the manual transmission was mandatory. Beginning in ’98 Ferrari introduced the F1 style automatic paddle gearbox, which in the 355, was well……. Questionable. A bit slow, a bit jerky, a bit lurchy, but being as it was Ferrari’s first attempt at a production paddle shift box, it wasn’t too bad.

Gear box of a Ferrari

Now one of the most obvious quirks comes right away when you’re trying to get inside, because how do you enter a car with no visible door handle? Well you see, Ferrari trying to make this thing as beautiful and as perfect as possible, actually hid the door handle inside the 90’s style side strake. Interestingly, designers must have finished up on a Friday afternoon, because they couldn’t be bothered to hide the keyhole, instead they just stuck it on the door, in plain sight, for everyone to see.
Now once you get into the 355, you’ll notice two things simultaneously, that will be minimalism, and maximalism. The basic interior design is pretty minimalist. There’s no fancy screens or modern gadgets, even the gauges are just simple gauges, not on a screen with all sorts of readout’s.
As for maximalism, well, instead of modern gadgets and gizmos, Ferrari did what they thought their customers would appreciate; – they put leather on everything, everywhere, all over!
Obviously the seats are leather, and the dashboard is leather, and the door panels are leather too, but it doesn’t even come close to stopping there! The parking brake boot is stitched leather, and so is the little tray beneath the parking brake. The centre tunnel is completely covered in leather, except for the plastic parts that well……. just can’t be.
They even put leather behind the seats where no human, except maybe a two-foot contortionist midget, would ever possibly look.
The sun visor is of course finished in leather, and when you turn it over, you’ll find a surprisingly handy little pouch …… covered in leather!

Ferrari Interior

Interestingly, the 355 has a sport mode. It’s a little toggle switch located in the centre console. Push it and it firms up the suspension for a sportier ride. Of course, this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Why would an exotic Ferrari need a sport mode … isn’t the whole thing a sport mode?!?
So, the 355 is a beautiful car, in the best body style, with the best colours, with the best transmission, and with a few little quirks, that you really need on an Italian car. This is a true Ferrari! The perfect Ferrari! And we haven’t even gotten to the best part …………. driving it.
While the latest Ferrari has 48 trillion horsepower and does 0 to 60 microscopically faster than the one that came before it; the F355’s 3.5 litre V8 only made 375 horsepower and it did 0 to 60 in around 5 seconds, it’s more of a sports car than an exotic supercar, so how does that translate to the road.
This car comes from a different era of exotic cars, – today, they try to make cars useable, comfortable and drivable, – the thing with the 355 was, just make it fun and to hell with the girly kak!

Rear angled view of a red Ferrari

The 355 makes one of the most beautiful sounds of any car ever made, in the history of cars, ever, on the planet, of all time!
The main reason the 355 is so special is simply this, it isn’t overpowered, it’s not too much to handle, it’s a car that you can bomb down back roads with, and just enjoy and have a blast.
It’s not slow by any stretch, but interestingly, it isn’t incredibly fast, it’s in that perfect band, that you wish all cars could be in. That’s what makes it an absolute joy to drive. The 355 has so much more of a go-cart feel than a modern Ferrari, it even has more of a go-cart feel than the 360 which came next.
The clutch is easy to operate, anybody can drive this car.
Ferrari made the switch from old-school to modern exotic, when this car left and the 360 showed up. But more and more people are having an appreciation for these older exotics.
There is nothing more exciting than a gated shifter, It’s a shame everybody didn’t do it, seems nobody wants to do it anymore. – Man, that gear change! – Oh, that clink between the gears is intoxicating.
Once you get a gated shifter, you get it, and it feels so good to slot that gear into that gate, it’s just the most perfect feeling you’ll ever have!

Front to Side angle of a red Ferrari

Now for people who want to drive a really fast car, and want to mash the throttle at the robots, and be faster than everybody else on the road, this ain’t the car, – this is the car for people like who like to go on a Sunday morning and burn up some great back-roads, really use the whole engine, and really be able to down shift a gear and ring it out and hear it and feel it, – that is what this car is all about, and it may have been the last Ferrari that was really like that.
The truth is the F355 is the quintessential Ferrari experience, it is everything you’ll ever want in a sports car, it’s beautiful, has perfect body lines, a manual is the right transmission, it’s quirky and cool, and it’s amazing on the road, without being unusably fast, it is just the perfect Ferrari!

Front of a red FerrariIf the 355 is the perfect Ferrari, read whether the 348 is the worst Ferrari.

Newsletter 29: FERRARI 458 ITALIA – TIME TO BUY?

The Ferrari 458 Italia, launched in 2009 (South Africa receiving their first one in 2010) was a complete redesign for the company and the last V8 model to be completely designed by Pininfarina.

4.5 litre, normally aspirated V8, 0-100 Kmh – 3.4 Seconds. 

Impressive figures, considering it is now over ten years old. Even pitting it against today’s turbo and hybrid offerings, it’s pretty competitive. The Bugatti Veyron  Supersport, for example, is only 1 second quicker, and that costs one hundred and seventy hundred and forty million hundred……… (listen carefully), more! 

The 458 represents Pininfarina’s discovery of the optimal aerodynamic shape, which many supercar manufacturers copy aspects of to this day.  

When Luca di Montezemolo was shown the mock-up of the 458, he looked at the exterior, the interior, and the engine, and said this is the perfect car to represent  Italian motoring, its style, its speed, its power, its grace, it’s looks, and that is why it’s called the 458 Italia. – This is Italy’s car!

Ferrari 458 Italia Front View

The Ferrari 458 Italia isn’t just beautiful to look at, its design has a purpose. The two wings situated in the front grill, deform at speed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. Air flows down the body of the car into a vent just behind the rear side window, where it cools the dual-clutch transmission, the result of that though, warm air is forced out the back, and reduces drag in the car – It’s all rather clever!  

It’s also one of the slipperiest Ferrari’s ever made. It’s drag coefficient, or how easily it slices through the air as it goes, is just 0.330, which is a very small number, but the thing is, it’s not just how it cuts through the air, it’s how it uses it to improve airflow aerodynamics and reduce drag. Someone put a lot of thought into this! 

A certain Mr. Schumacher had a lot of input in the interior cabin, everything is driver-focused, within easy reach, and that’s because he wanted it to be like a Formula 1 car,  so it becomes second nature just to fiddle with your controls, you don’t have to take your eye off the road, which is really smart, because in something like this, you really don’t want to take your eye off the road. 

As a driver you have loads of information at your fingertips, the steering wheel has got everything you need. The engine start button, the suspension adjust, the indicators, and all the rest, there’s the manettino switch, which is a wonderful little invention,  allows you to switch instantly between the traction control modes.  

It’s basically derived from Formula 1 tech, and there are five modes to choose from; Wet,  for when it’s raining, Sport, which is Ferrari speak for normal, then you have Race,  which turns the traction control off a little bit, (Ferrari speak for….just a leetal beet crayzee), CT off, which turns it off quite a lot, (Ferrari speak for…. starta to aloosa de plota), and then you have to press and hold it for ESC off, which turns everything off  (Ferrari speak for…. youa fuckina inasayna).

There’s two screens in this binnacle, as well as the rev counter. The one on the left gives you lots of information about the car tyre pressure, oil pressure that kind of thing, also there’s a little speedo, odometer and the fuel gauge. And on the right-hand side, well, when you’re not using the Sat-Nav or the phone or anything like that, you have a giant speedo, nice big numbers you can see just out of the corner of your eye,  which is really quite handy.

The big question …. “What’s it like to drive?”  
Well, when you look at it you think, will it be heavy, light, wayward, slippery, tricky – none of the above, thankfully, – it’s awesome! 

If you drive like a saint, you can get up to 22 miles per gallon out of it. The gearbox in this thing is an absolute masterpiece, – it is once again derived from Formula 1  technology, so a dual-clutch. There’s one clutch always resting on the even gears, and one clutch always resting on the odd gears.
 
Everyone wants to know, just how long is the transition between the changes? If you ask a Ferrari rep, the response will be, “We’ve really stopped measuring that because well, it’s pretty instant.” – And they’re right, it really is! – You flip the paddle, down! Flip the paddle, down! Flip the paddle, down! – It’s just bang, bang, bang, – it is that instant, – it’s absolutely incredible, it really, really is! 

The steering in this thing is absolutely incredible, it is just so direct you just pop the nose in and well, away you go, there’s no hint of understeer, and there’s no threat of nasty oversteer, with you spinning into a forest. It’s absolutely incredible, and you can get it out of shape if you drive like a bit of a numpty, or you really don’t know what you’re doing; – but as a car for a normal person, it’s really, really, good. Comfort-wise,  you’d expect a car like this to be very uncomfortable, very hard riding, so you sit on the freeway and go, “God! I regret spending so much on this, oh it’s so uncomfortable, oh for the love of God, make it stop!” – But in actual fact, no, there are lots of suspension modes to choose from, so you can have a nice cosseting comfy Ferrari. 

The 458 Italia is as Ferrari intended, a dream, it causes a stir wherever it goes, it has a  visual drama that other cars struggle to match. It combines performance, agility and style in a way that few will ever see, let alone experience! – It’s a true Italian thoroughbred! – It’s the definition of desirability, of a dream! – 
It is Italy’s car!

We are proud to be able to offer this 

2012 Ferrari 458 Spider 

20,000km’s

R3 449 990.00

Newsletter 23: FERRARI ICONS: PININFARINA

The launch of the Ferrari 812 Superfast marks the end of the era of Ferraris designed by Pininfarina.
Pininfarina is a design house, founded in Turin in 1930.
They first did coachbuilding work for Ferrari in 1951 and continued to design almost every Ferrari, well into the 21st century.
Ferrari made use of other coachbuilders in the 1950s and 1960s, but by the 1970s, Pininfarina was responsible for every Ferrari road car except for the 308 GT4, which was penned by Bertone.
Eight years ago, however, Ferrari established its own in-house design studio, Centro Stile Ferrari. Centro Stile Ferrari worked in conjunction with Pininfarina for the first few years, however, the La Ferrari, launched during that period, was an entirely in-house Ferrari design.
The California, 458, and FF both featured Pininfarina styling, and as a consequence, were adorned with the Pininfarina badges. Their successors, the California T, 488, and GTC4 Lusso, however, do not have Pininfarina badges, even though the California T was launched with the tagline, “Penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina.”
This was not the case with the GTC4 Lusso or 488, as they were completely designed in-house.
That left the F12 Berlinetta as the only Ferrari on sale, at the time, designed by Pininfarina.

Of course, all of Ferrari’s current line-up features Pininfarina influence, since all of its cars are heavily updated versions of models originally styled by the Turin design house. Still, this is a significant moment in the historic story of the world’s most revered auto manufacturer.

Indian automaker Mahindra, bought Pininfarina back in 2015. Since then, Pininfarina has focused on designing interiors for self-driving cars and innovating electrified powertrains, while continuing to do commissioned one-off cars.

Together, Ferrari and Pininfarina created some of the most beautiful cars of all time. Ferrari will surely continue to do good work, and it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for Pininfarina, but we really hope this isn’t the end of the road for the famed partnership.

Poster of the Ferrari Pininforina

GOAT Coffee

Ferris Cars are proud to announce that we have teamed up with GOAT Coffee.
Hand blended every time GOAT provides the finest coffee from the finest beans available.
So, if you’re looking for the finest cars and the finest coffee ……….. look no further!
Pop in and sample the delights of GOAT!

The GOAT story

From berry to cup, at GOAT we pride ourselves in producing the highest quality in every pour, together with our signature Ethiopia/Uganda blend.
G.O.A.T. is an acronym for, “Greatest Of All Time,” used widely when referring to past legends and future leaders.
The GOAT animal is distinctive on the African continent, as it is used for many sacrificial ceremonies to communicate with the ancestors.
The same animal discovered the coffee berry in Africa centuries ago. Kaldi was a goat herder who discovered coffee after witnessing the vigour his goats received from eating the berries.
He later brought these berries to the monastery and shared them with the monks who exclaimed that they were the devil’s work and hurled them into the fire. The aroma of the berries roasting in the fire was heavenly, and they were raked from the fire and crushed to put out the embers.
Realizing their mistake, they placed them into a jug and covered them with hot water for preservation.
Later the monks drank the brew and it helped them keep awake during nightly devotions.
So when you enjoy a GOAT coffee and drink the love, you share a part of the African coffee community with a collective heart.

Rhino Update

Some good news…and some bad news!

Bad news: Rhinos are still being poached at an alarming rate, and the cost of protecting these magnificent animals escalate daily.

Good news: Clients, Friends, and stakeholders of Ferris Cars raised and handed over a whopping R115,150.00 over the last week to Rhino Connect, to help with the preservation and growth of the precious Rhino population.

ferris large cheque

“𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 40 𝘳𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘴”, says Tersia Jooste (Rhino Connect Founder and Group Chairperson)

It will help her and her team in the fight against the war on our wildlife and will go towards tracking devices, building containing walls, milk formula for orphaned babies and much more.

Thank you to all those in the community who supported Tersia and Gill Kabe (Blue Velvet Events) at the recent Ferris Grandprix Store Launch by buying tickets to win a drive in a Ferrari.

And a very big thank you to the Ferris Familia who joined us in making this incredible donation possible:

•1721 Distributors

• Lionel Isaacs Insurance

• Abeddac Group

• Amalgamated Metals

• Cl Holdings

Rockcrete Equipment

• Smart Cut Manufacturers/engineering & Raymar Trust

• Abeddac Trading

Vered Estates

Pablo Clark

• Red Bull Farms

• Dora Blumberg

4 people holding large cheque

If the loss of the Rhino species is something of concern to you, and it should be, please do whatever you can to participate. Its not just money that helps, although it is the biggest factor, but also awareness, support and many other things that can be done.

CONTACT THE FOUNDER & GROUP CHAIRPERSON
TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP
T e r s i a J o o s t e
+27 83 759 1608
tersia@rhinoconnect.co.za

Newsletter 21: THANK YOU ENZO…….. FOR PISSING PEOPLE OFF!!

Enzo Ferrari was a man not to be crossed. He was a tyrant, an autocrat, he knew how to charm, and he knew how to influence. He ran his company with an iron fist and through his dogged work ethic and ruthlessness with his staff, built the world’s greatest and most successful Formula 1 team, and created a dynasty of road-going sports and GT cars that defined the parameters for all exotic and supercars.
No wonder then that his arrogance, determination, and ability to manipulate those around him, would inevitability result in pissing a few people off along the way.
The price of success was a high rate of attrition among his staff, ex-staff, annoyed customers, other owners, and a long list of would-be rivals, who were either envious of his success or simply out for revenge.
Here we explore a few of those individuals who, if it wasn’t for mean old Mr. Ferrari, would have meant we would all have missed out on some spectacular creations.

Portrait of Enzo Ferrari

Ferruccio Lamborghini: Lamborghini 350GT

This car is perhaps the most famous “Ferrari-beater” of all.
The story goes that Ferruccio Lamborghini, a wealthy maker of tractors and heating equipment, visited Enzo one day to suggest a modification he had made to his personal Ferrari road car to improve the clutch.
He was treated with utter contempt by Enzo, and one can only imagine the brutal exchange as Ferruccio was shown the door.
Mr. Lamborghini decided, virtually on the spot, that he was going to take revenge on Enzo by building the ‘best GT car in the world.’
He assembled a talented young team, including ex-Ferrari engineers Giotto Bizzarrini and Giampaolo Dallara, and set about creating a front-engined two-seater, powered by a four-cam 3.5-liter V12 engine that was probably the best of its kind; certainly, the chassis was well in advance of what Ferrari was offering his road car customers.
The Lamborghini 350GTV was first seen at Turin in 1963, although the true production 350GT’s did not become available until 1964.
Meanwhile, a modern new factory had been erected to build the cars, and the myth of Lamborghini was underway.
Connoisseurs recognised the excellence of those first Lamborghini’s, but only with the introduction of the ground-breaking mid-engined Miura, did Lamborghini build road cars that challenged – and even exceeded – the mystique of Ferrari.

Front view of the 350 GT

Henry Ford II: Ford GT40

Henry Ford II was set to buy Ferrari in the early ’60s, but was jilted at the last minute when he and Enzo fell out over the Italians’ rights to race at Indianapolis.
When Enzo walked away, a furious Mr. Ford sanctioned his competition department to find a company who could build a car for Ford that would beat all-comers in endurance racing, particularly the Le Mans 24 Hours, and even more particularly the Ferrari’s.
They found a ready-made basis for a winner in Eric Broadley’s Lola GT, which had showed potential at Le Mans already, and conveniently used a mid-mounted Ford V8.
Former Aston Martin Competition Manager John Wyer, was hired to develop the car into a winner, that would triumph at Le Mans in 1966, ’67, ’68 and ’69, including the famous 1-2-3 finish in ’66.

Henry Fords GT40

John DeLorean: Pontiac GTO

John DeLorean and his lieutenants at Pontiac conceived the GTO package as a way of livening up the staid image of this GM division, rather than as a means of attacking Ferrari; but they must have felt smug about the furor their brainchild caused.
There were no real Pontiac racing connections, as competition involvement had been banned at GM, making DeLorean’s use of the Gran Turismo Omologato nomenclature even more of nonsense on what was essentially a very ordinary mid-range car.
But the 1964 Pontiac GTO was the birth of the muscle car, inspiring dozens of imitators and notching up peak sales of 96,000 units in 1966 alone.
Soon, the ‘GOAT’ became an American cultural phenomena of the ’60s, second only to the Mustang.
Any American with $2,000 or so to spend could own a car that would leave a $14,000 Ferrari standing in a straight line.
Those Ferrari-lovers who were already outraged at Pontiac’s use of the hallowed GTO symbolism must have suffered near thrombosis when Car and Driver magazine ran a story comparing a Pontiac with a Ferrari 330GT and declared the match a draw……..

photo of Pontiac GTO

David Brown: Lagonda DP115 V12

Having rescued both marques from oblivion after WW2, the patriotic engineering tycoon David Brown was as passionate about the Lagonda marque as he was Aston Martin.
He had fond memories of the pre-war V12 Lagonda’s, and wanted to build a successor for the 1950s that would challenge the big 4-liter V12 Ferraris’ dominance at Le Mans: a Lagonda had, after all, won the 24 Hour endurance classic in 1935.
The Lagonda DP115 ran at Le Mans in 1954 as part of a particularly disastrous works entry, retiring after a spin crumpled the shapely Frank Feeley-designed bodywork.
Still, a timed 172mph down the Mulsanne straight showed the potential, and an improved car was fielded in 1955. The car retired on lap 93, causing Brown to cut his losses and park his dreams of a British Ferrari-beating V12.
But it didn’t end there…… we all know the story of how David Brown built the Aston Martin company into the world-class manufacturer it is today, despite going bankrupt a thousand times and changing owners just as often!

A green Lagonda DP115 V12

What would have transpired if Enzo Ferrari had been an easy-going, mild-mannered gentleman?
We may not have been gifted with the icon that is the Ferrari brand, and we certainly would not have been privileged to have experienced the likes of Lamborghini, Ford, and, to a certain extent, Aston Martin.
So Bravo Mr. Ferrari ……. and thank you for pissing off so many people and inspiring them to go on to bigger and better things!

Above content exerts from Martin Buckley Features- Classic & Sports Car.

If you enjoyed reading about Enzo you will probably love reading our article about the forgotten Ferraris.

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