29 December 2007

The Hot Ferrari

Most men will agree that Italy has the coolest and sleekest car in the world in the form of the Ferrari. Famous for its logo with the charismatic prancing horse on a yellow background and the colors of green, white and red on top, signifying the Italian flag, the sophisticated designed Ferrari car is a sure hit on the road and a real crowd-getter.

Its founder, Enzo Ferrari, started as the team leader of Scuderia Ferrari which was a racing team assigned to represent the cars produced by Alfa Romeo in racing events through the years of 1927 to 1938. However, in 1938, the Alfa group decided to enter the competition using its own name which made Enzo Ferrari leave the company.

In 1939, the first Ferrari cars produced were actually called Tipo815 and designed by an Italian automotive engineer named Albert Massimino who studied in Switzerland. Due to the onset of the World War II in the years 1939 to 1945, racing events were also stopped and the 815 model was not able to enter many competitions to showcase its craft.

In 1947, Enzo Ferrari then founded in Maranello, Italy the Ferrari S.p.A, company which dealt in producing sophisticated sports cars under his own surname. Admiration for its chic design can be seen by the alarming figures and records set that up to this day, four of its models are included in world's 10 most expensive cars sold at an auction, namely: the 1957 Ferrari 250 Tessa Rossa (First - for 12.2 million dollars), the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder (Second- for 10.9 million dollars), the 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa (Fourth- 9.2 million dollars) and the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (Tenth- 6.2 million dollars).

In its 60 years of existence, the company has produced over 40 models, and, until this day, continues to earn the respect of sports car enthusiasts.

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