F50: The F50 wasn’t all that well received initially because it was deemed to be rather soft after the hardcore F40. But then compared with driving an F40, swallowing razor blades would be considered soft...
ENZO: First came the F40, then the F50, then the Enzo – think of it as the F60 with a more charismatic name. Until the arrival of the LaFerrari, it was also the most advanced road car Ferrari had created. Its 6.0-litre V12 produced 660bhp to take the Enzo all the way to around 220mph. And that’s not a show plate; it’s EN20 in a naughty font...
166 INTER: The oldest Ferrari in the UK and the 17th car built by the company (but only the ninth road car), this 166 Inter was built by Touring in 1949. It’s one of seven front-engined V12-powered Ferraris in the hands of the same owner – one from each decade of Ferrari’s existence.
250 GT SWB: Launched in 1959, the 250 GT SWB was the first Ferrari to be fitted with disc brakes. With a wheelbase shortened for added agility, the car was developed by the same team that would go on to develop the 250 GTO; Giotto Bizzarrini, Carlo Chiti and Mauro Forghieri.
CAR PARK: We counted at least four F40s in the main display and a similar amount in the members’ car park. Note the 575 Superamerica, while directly above that in this picture is a 599 GTO.
250 GT ‘BREADVAN’: If you’re more into racing cars than road-biased models, this is the piece of history you’d have gravitated towards. Based on a 250 GT SWB, Count Giovanni Volpi commissioned Giotto Bizzarrini and Piero Drogo to come up with something special. It's fair to say that they achieved that.
TESTAROSSA SPIDER: Sold at auction last year for €1.2 million, the new owner kindly brought it along to the Owners' Club event.
TESTAROSSA SPIDER: As pieces of history go, few are as intriguing as this one; it's the sole Testarossa officially turned into an open-top car for Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli.
348 GTC: Think of it as a precursor to the 360 CS and all of the other heated-up V8 models that Ferrari has produced, right up to the 458 Speciale. An uprated factory-built road car, just 50 examples of the 348 GTC (the C standing for Competizione) were made. Eight were right-hand-drive, and two of those were present at the event.
512 BBi: You rarely see modified cars at Ferrari Owners’ Club events and we’re not sure this Boxer has aged all that well. But as a period piece it’s certainly intriguing; with those side strakes it’s presumably the work of Willy König, notorious for his 1980s excess.
250 GT TdF: These cars are now so valuable that you don’t get to see them anymore, apart from in the odd historic race. If you’re wondering just how valuable, the last one to come to auction (two years ago) sold for $13.2 million.
MOTORSPORT TIMELINE: It’s rare to see a V8 racer timeline that starts with the 348 and goes right the way up to the current 488. In between there examples of the 355, 360, 430 and 458 on show.
330 GT: The 250 GT 2+2 proved to be a major hit for Ferrari, which is why it was replaced with the 330 GT in 1964. This time there was a 300bhp 4.0-litre V12 in the nose, capable of taking the car all the way up to 153mph.
GTC4 LUSSO: As part of the line-up of the latest models, this stealthy GTC4 Lusso sat next to a 488 Spider. We’d happily settle for either.
458 GT3: Ferrari built its reputation in motorsport, so there were some impressive displays of its track-focused models, too. This is one of the 458 GT3 editions and behind it is the latest model – the 488 GT3.
CALIFORNIA T HANDLING SPECIALE: The Owners' Club works with the official Ferrari dealer network, which is why all of the latest models are always on show at the club’s biggest gatherings. This time round that meant this California T Handling Speciale took pride of place.
LAFERRARI: We were hoping there might have been more than one LaFerrari, and we weren’t disappointed, because as well as this coupé there was also an Aperta. Even at FOC events you don’t see too many of these yet...
550 MARANELLO RACER: The Ferrari Owners’ Club runs two motorsport series: the circuit-based Pirelli Ferrari formula classic and the Pirelli Ferrari Hill Climb. In the former series, all entrants but one run V8-powered cars. THE solitary V12 is Peter Fisk’s magnificent 550 Maranello.
550 BARCHETTA ZAGATO: You don’t get too many of these to the pound. Zagato built just three 550 Barchettas and this is the last one. Finished in 2010, it’s the only right-hand-drive car of the trio, and while it definitely looks distinctive, the design certainly polarises opinion.
250 LM: If you look at the 20 most valuable cars ever sold at auction, two of them are 250 LMs, so to see this one bathing in the sunshine on the lawn was pretty special. Just 37 of these racers were built, although some were only ever used on the road.
275 GTS: Much rarer than the 275 GTB upon which it’s based, but less beautiful too. Just 200 examples of the 275 GTS were produced. Of these, 14 were right-hand-drive – two were on show at Danesfield House.
365 GTB/4 COMPETIZIONE: Three series of race-prepared Daytonas were built between 1970 and 1973. The earliest had aluminium bodyshells while later versions switched to much heavier steel. No prizes for guessing which are the most sought after.
DINO 246 GT: Until the Dino made its debut in 1967, in 2.0-litre 206 GT form (the 2.4-litre 246 GT came in 1969), all Ferraris had had 12 cylinders. So the Dino may have seemed rather lame with a mere V6, but it was still capable of almost 150mph.
458 SPECIALE: The last of the normally aspirated mid-engined V8s, the 458 Speciale’s 4.5-litre V8 generated 135bhp per litre – the highest specific output of any normally aspirated engine available when it arrived in 2013. That was just one of the reasons why we said: “In so many ways the 458 Speciale is simply unequalled – and we wonder if Maranello will turn out anything quite like it ever again.”
365 GTS/4 DAYTONA SPIDER: The Daytona arrived in 1968 and was nothing short of magnificent with its 4.4-litre front-mounted V12 and jaw-dropping design. Within a year there was a spider version too; now hugely sought after, just 121 examples were made, including a mere seven right-hand-drive editions.
250 GT 2+2: Launched at the 1960 Paris motor show, this was Ferrari’s first 2+2; until now all of its cars had offered seats strictly for two. Power - all 240bhp of it - came from a 3.0-litre V12 to give a top speed of around 140mph.
The club, open to current and previous Ferrari owners, was founded 50 years ago, and to celebrate has staged a series of events this year. The biggest, this annual Ferrari Owners' Club Meeting, was held last weekend in Buckinghamshire.
More than 1000 owners streamed into Danesfield House and its magnificent grounds to show off some of the most achingly desirable cars ever made. We were there to witness the splendour; check out the gallery above.