I’m reviewing a Ferrari F12 a little later today, so I decided to do some brainstorming in the meantime about my favorite Ferrari models. It’s hard for any performance car enthusiast to create this list, picking five Ferrari models that stand above the rest, but I’ve done it — and the vehicles you see below are my five favorite Ferrari models, arranged alphabetically rather than ranked.
Ferrari 250 GTO
It’s almost embarrassing to include the 250 GTO on this list because it’s such a cliche: The most well-known vintage Ferrari, the most expensive Ferrari, blah blah blah. But I like the 250 GTO for the same reason values are so massively high: It’s just special. It’s incredibly rare, it’s unbelievably beautiful and every time I see one at an event, the presence is absolutely undeniable. Many cars are special, but some cars are more special than others. The GTO is more special than most.
Ferrari 575M Superamerica
I went back and forth on this choice between the 575M Superamerica and the 288 GTO, but ultimately I went with the Superamerica. Some might see the Superamerica as a cynical attempt to sell more 575M models as production wound down, but I don’t care: I love the styling, I love the trick roof, I love the aggressive B-pillar and I love the rarity. The Superamerica remains near the top of my "freak out if I see one" list.
The F355 is one of the most catastrophically unreliable modern vehicles of any ilk, with dozens of potential problems that could be massively costly — more than any other car from its time period. But it’s also the best "entry-level" V8 Ferrari ever, with gorgeous styling that has aged thousands of times better than the blob-shaped 360 Modena that came after it. I’d only get a red one, only a coupe or a GTS, and only with a true 6-speed manual transmission — and even then, I’d be scared to drive it based on the potential problems that might crop up. But even if you’re just looking at it, it’s gorgeous.
The Ferrari F40 is an automotive legend, an icon and, quite possibly, the most important and special modern Ferrari. Everyone knows the F40, everyone loves the F40, everyone respects the F40 — and after driving an F40 last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that much of the praise showered on this car is deserved. The F40 is one of the most special vehicles on the planet, and its values are kept "down" (relative to Enzo and LaFerrari) only by the fact that Ferrari made comparatively more F40 models than others, so they aren’t quite as rare.
The Ferrari F50 is my all-time favorite Ferrari. The styling is absolutely ridiculous, the rear wing is atrocious and it has truly gone down as a "forgotten" supercar — the middle child that nobody seems to remember, especially when considering the iconic earlier model (F40) and the better-known newer versions (Enzo, LaFerrari). But the F50 is the most special because it’s incredibly rare (349 units built makes it rarer than the LaFerrari, the Enzo or the F40) and because its open roof allows you to hear the glorious engine — an engine originally developed for a Formula 1 race car. The fact that you never seem to see the F50, anywhere, ever, just adds to the thrill.