It was 1947 when Enzo Ferrari saw the first car wearing his name getting out on the gates of Maranello’s Scuderia. 70 years. That many years has passed since the first Ferrari saw the light of the day and the most beautiful Italian story began.
After being denied by FIAT and working for Alfa-Romeo, Enzo Ferrari produced his first Ferrari car, 125 S in 1947. It was an exclusive race car which debuted on May 11th at the Piacenza circuit. 2 weeks later, on May 25th, it won Rome Grand Prix with Franco Cortese.
One year later, in 1948, the Scuderia produced its first car designed for public use. 166 Inter was its name and had 12 cylinders in V and a 2 liters engine.
1950 brings the debut in F1 World Championship, Monaco Grand Prix, a championship they never abandoned since. Alberto Ascari closes 2nd, Raymond Sommer 4th. It took only 2 years, since 1952, till the Reds won the first F1 championship title. Alberto Ascari, driving a Ferrari 500, raised the cup above the head.
In 1969, after refusing an offer from Ford 6 years earlier, Enzo Ferrari sells 50% of the company to FIAT. Until his death in 1988, he will sell another 40% to the same company.
The Black Stallion logo
The black horse on a yellow background is inspired from 2 sources. The Stallion comes from an image of a horse painted on the fuselage of Count Francesco Baracca, an ace pilot in the Italian air force and a World War I hero. The yellow background represents Modena, the region where Enzo Ferrari was born.
Post Enzo era
After Enzo Ferrari takes a step back in 1978, Nicola Tufarelli becomes the first President of the company. The first years are a struggle from the management point of view, as in just 13 years, the company changes 4 Presidents (1978 Nicola Tufarelli, 1980 Giovani Sguazzini, 1984 Vittorio Ghidella, 1988 Piero Fusaro). Things are settled in 1991. Luca Di Montezemolo gets in charge and leads the Maranello Scuderia for 23 years, till 2014 when he is replaced by the current President, Sergio Marchionne.
The 70 years anniversary brings a new Ferrari model – 812 Superfast. Presented at this year Geneva Motor Show, the latest Black Stallion brings 800 hp and becomes the most powerful street car designed by Ferrari.
Red Car on the Red Carpet
A car like Ferrari couldn’t miss from the big screen. The combination of luxury and high horsepower adds style to any movie and it doest it since the very beginning. Below just some few examples from the early 80’s and 90’s.
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