With Ferrari’s initial public offering around the corner, fans of the prancing horse will finally have a chance to own their piece of the legendary sports-car maker without having to pony up a few hundred thousand dollars. But for many, there’s no substitute to the raw power and emotion of a living, breathing Ferraris. Since the company launched its road-car business in 1947, it’s reputation has grown from that of a respected racing team to a creator of automotive legends.
Over the years, Ferrari has been responsible for a long line of fast, powerful, and evocative sports cars and supercars. Anyone who has ever encountered a Ferrari has his or her personal favorite. But there is a select group of cars from the company’s past and present that hold a special place in Ferrari’s history books. These are the Ferraris that made a difference:
10. Ferrari LaFerrari:
The prancing horse stepped into the 21st century with the $1 million LaFerrari hybrid hypercar. Just 499 examples of the car will ever be built, and all are spoken for. Thus far, the LaFerrari is the first and only hybrid in company history. Powered by a 6.3-liter, 789-horsepower V-12 engine boosted by a 161-horsepower electric motor, the hybrid stallion can reach 60 mph in under three seconds and reach a top speed of more than 217 mph, according to Ferrari.
9. Ferrari 308 GTS:
The Ferrari 308 GTS debuted in 1977 to great fanfare. The Pininfarina-designed, targa-top sports car was the car of choice on the 1980s TV show “Magnum, P.I.” As a result, the 308 is one of the more recognizable Ferraris ever built. The 308 GTS was powered by a 2.9-liter, 255-horsepower V8 engine.