In a weeklong tribute to our newest Ferrari F430 Spyder, today we at Imagine Lifestyles will cover what we consider to be the Top 5 Ferrari models of all time. The prancing horse is the icon in the world of indulgent exotics, and we are thrilled to not only be adding another Ferrari to our luxury rental car fleet, but to be hosting “Ferrari Week” to honor it. Without further ado, our top picks are:
• The 2002 Ferrari Enzo
• The 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/Daytona
• The 1968 Ferrari Dino
• The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
• The 1984 Ferrari Testarossa
The Ferrari Enzo was named so as a tribute to Ferrari’s founder, Enzo Ferrari as a celebration of the brand’s continuing success in 2002. The 2002 Enzo is a truly modern expression of the brand’s dedication to tradition, technology, performance and aesthetics. Specs of this namesake include a super-light 6.0-liter V12 engine producing an output of 110 horsepower per liter. Engineers at Ferrari definitely coupled power with performance for the Enzo, as the V12 produces 383 lb/ft of torque at just 3,000 rpms, guaranteeing its responsiveness with variable exhaust, inlet valves, and a computerized management system for each row of cylinders and a drive-by-wire throttle. Impressed? So are we.
Up second is the 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/Daytona. One of the most fawned over releases at the 1968 Paris Motor Show, this hot topic was expected to be named Daytona to honor Ferrari’s 1-2-3 finish in the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours Race. The press was shocked, however, when it was unveiled as simply the Ferrari 365 GTB. The nickname “Daytona” stuck nonetheless, and it was the Pininfarina design that made it protrude from the pack, as it was a dramatic departure from the more rounded looking GTS that had rolled out from the Maranello line. Specs of the Ferrari Daytona include a 4.39-liter V12 engine.
In third place are also 1968 models, the Ferrari Dino line. The Dino is a line of mid-engine, rear-drive sports Ferraris produced from 1968 to 1976. The Dino 246 was the first Ferrari ever to be produced in high numbers, loved for its dramatic driving qualities and groundbreaking design. The Dino lineup has received the honor of Motor Trend Classic’s list of the “10 Greatest Ferraris of All Time”. Dino models include the 206 GT, 246 GT & GTS, and the 308 GT4.
The fourth greatest Ferrari of all time is the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder. Motivated by the U.S. distributors Jon von Neumann and Luigi Chinetti who convinced the company to engineer a performance convertible named after their best market, the 250 GT California emerged as a supercar and an immediate desirability factor due to its limited availability. The 1959 California Spyder shares its drive train with the legendary 250 GT that won the Tour de France, truly an exotic to get amped up about. A Ferrari California rental is available for those who can’t exactly afford their own.
In fifth and final place of our compilation of “Top 5 Ferraris of All Time” is the 1984 Ferrari Testarossa. Taking center stage in the realm of exotic automobiles in 1984 and remaining there for over a decade, the Testarossa is a testament and definition of an innovative benchmark exotic car. Luxury car engineers used the Testarossa to measure their work against; it was quite possibly the best branding example in the exotic car industry.
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