FERRARI 70TH ANNIVERSARY - Hundreds of Ferrari's finest machines gathered at Maranello to celebrate the brand's anniversary
FERRARI 70TH ANNIVERSARY - The firm's famous prancing horse logo. Ferrari was officially founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1947
FERRARI 125 S (1947) – Launched on May 11, 1947 this sports car was the first machine to officially carry the Ferrari name and, like so many of its successors, was powered by a V12 engine. The unit in the steel tube-frame machine was a 1.5L unit that produced 118bhp at 6000rpm. Franco Cortese claimed Ferrari’s first race win at a manufacturer in the 1947 Grand Prix of Rome. Both the 125 S Ferrari originally built were dismantled, likely with their parts being used on other cars
FERRARI 250 GT BERLINETTA - First launched at the Paris motor show in October 1959, the 250 GT SWB was conceived as a road car that could be converted to track use with only minor modifications
FERRARI F50 - A pair of the firm's mid-1990s 513hp super car were part of the concours
FERRARI F40 - Why stop at one Ferrari F40, when you can have a whole line-up? The distinctive rear-end is unmistakable
FERRARI F40 - According to the Concours guide, this Ferrari was originally sold by a Modena dealer on 20 December 1989. Based in Britain since 1997, it still has less than 6000 miles on the clock
FERRARI F1-90 - Colossally, this is Nigel Mansell's 1990 F1 challenger. Also called the 641, the machine racked up six wins during the season, with Alain Prost taking five and Mansell one
FERRARI DINO - Eight examples of the Dino were on display, ranging from the 1969 206 GT to the 1974 246 GTS. The car in the foreground is a 1971 246 GT, currently based in Belgium with 39,541 miles on the clock
FERRARI DINO 246 TASMANIA - Built to content the Tasman Series, Chris Amon and Derek Bell drove the 246 Dino in 1968 and '69. Amon won the title in 1969
FERRARI DINO - This was one of two demo cars sent to Britain in 1968 - and was also the first Ferrari that Eric Clapton owned. Until he had an accident and returned it. It was fully restored in 2016
FERRARI 70TH ANNIVERSARY - Not every Ferrari is red, as you'll see if you can spot the machine that was sold at the auction in this picture. It's camouflaged, so you'll have to look really carefully to see it, obviously. If nothing else, you have to admire the attention to detail: the engine cover and brakes also feature camo
FERRARI AUCTION - Ferraris of every descrption line up on Fiorano ahead of going under the hammer in the auction. If you have to ask, you can't afford them. Heck, if you have to ask, you still may not be able to afford them
FERRARI 250 EUROPA - This is one of two 250 Europa coupes with Vignale bodywork, and was first shown at the Paris motor show in 1953. It was shipped to America after that show, and remains based there
FERRARI 250 EUROPA - The 1953 12 cylinder engine remains in wonderful condition
FERRARI 500 MONDIAL - This Mondial was originally painted in royal blue for use in the 12 Hours of Hyeres and Liege-Rome-Liege events. It eventually returned to Ferrari where it was repainted red and exhibited at Monza. It's since been restored to its original livery
FERRARI 225 S - This 1952 machine won its class in that year's Mille Miglia, and also added second in that year's Tour de France. The Automobile edition, not the bike race, obviously. This was the first 225 S produced and is right-hand drive
FERRARI 365 GT4 BB - A pair of 365s were on display. The machine on the left dates from June 1974, and has been based in Italy and the US before finding its current home in Denmark. The Nero-coloured example on the first was bought by in Brussels last year
FERRARI 330 GT2+2 - The 330 GT, which was built between 1964 and 1967, was styled by the Pininfarina design house. This example has been recently restored
FERRARI 250 GT BERLINETTA - Still in its original Azzurro Francia livery, this was the eighth of nine examples produced in 1956. It was originally sold to Racing Sport Srl in Turin, and used by Jacques Peron in that year's Tour de France. He finished eighth
FERRARI 375 MM - Racer Alfred Erin Goldschmidt originally bought this car, before selling it to Luigi Chinetti who, along with John Shakespear, used it in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana
FERRARI 250 CALIFORNIA - Luigi Chinetti (yup, the guy who raced a 375 MM) was a US Ferrari importer, and a friend of Enzo Ferrari. It was Chinetti who persuaded Ferrari that an open-top version of the 250 GT would go down rather well in California...
Few sports car manufacturers have a history as rich, or a fan-base as passionate, as Ferrari. So it’s hardly been a surprise that events to mark the marque’s 70th anniversary have been held around the world.
But Ferrari’s home – both physical and spiritual – remains in Maranello. It was in the Italian town that Enzo Ferrari, by then already an established maker of racing cars, founded his eponymous firm in 1947. So it was only fitting that Maranello was where a year of celebrations would climax, with an event featuring an incredible gathering of cars spanning seven decades. And not all of them were red.
The celebration comprised several events, starting with a Sotherby’s auction of Ferrari machinery and paraphernalia on Saturday afternoon. The reverence Ferrari is held in was reflected in the sale prices. A 1994 Ferrari 333SP sports prototype sold for £2,346,000. A rusting, dust-covered 1969 GT/B Daytona Berlinetta Alloy – lost for 40 years in a hayloft in Japan – sold for £1,472,000. A 250 GT LWB California Spider from 1959 fetched £6,440,000.
The auction concluded with the sale of a special LaFerrari Aperta, which will be the 210th and final machine of a production line originally intended to end after 209 cars. The ‘extra’ Aperta will be finished in a unique Rosso Fucco livery with a Bianco Italia racing stripe. With Ferrari donating the car and Sothebys waiving the fee, all the proceeds from the auction went to Save the Children. With Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne at one point taking to the phones to help drive up the bidding, it sold for £7,636,000.
After an evening event for Ferrari’s guests – and also broadcast on Italian television – Sunday’s events centred on a special Ferrari-only Concours d’Elegance.
Cars bearing the Prancing Horse logo were brought in from around the world – many arriving as part in a series of rallies – and displayed around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track.
The assembled cars spanned both road and race track, and covered every era of Ferrari’s history, from a replica of the 1947 125 S to the new Portofino, ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show.
But the celebrating was about more than what was happening within the confines of Fiorano. Outside the gates, the streets of Maranello were packed with Tifosi, all crowding and jostling to admire a non-stop parade of exqusite Ferraris – both those on their way to the Concours, and those brought by enthusiasts who wanted to be close to the event.
It was a mix of passion and reverence that bordered on the fanatical, and a reminder that Ferrari is as much about those who can only ever dream of owning one, as it is those who can spend unimaginable amounts of money on them.
Scroll through our gallery above to check out some of the best images we saw at the celebration.