The roar of a Ferrari engine is something that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. World-class supercars boasting the famous Prancing Horse logo are recognizable across the globe, and are basically unmatched when it comes to style, class, and of course, everyone’s favorite – speed.
Owning a Ferrari is not only a status symbol, it is a lifestyle. This fact has been true for about 70 now, and it is likely not going to change any time soon. There are some models from the Italian supercar manufacturer that have come and gone and have been relatively forgotten about. There are others that might always be in style. It is no easy thing to do to pick five of the best Ferraris of all time, but we are going to try. There are many other great Ferraris you’ll find on the racetrack, but we are strictly considering the consumer road models right now. Here’s what we think are five of the best Ferraris of all time.
- Ferrari 308 GTS (1977- 1980)
With its athestically pleasing targa top and a removable fiberglass roof panel, the Ferrari 308 GTS featured one of the most recognizable designs that the Italian manufacturer has ever produced. It had a 2.9 liter, V8 engine and 255 horsepower. With a top speed of 157 mph and going from 0-60 in 6.2 seconds, the 308 GTS certainly won’t be winning any races against other Ferraris. But it makes our list because of how iconic it looks. You might recognize it if you ever watched the show Magnum PI. There were only about 3,100 of these classics made, making it a collector’s item.
- Ferrari Testarossa (1984 – 1991)
Any young car enthusiast who grew up in the mid-80’s to early 90’s will know the Testarossa. Many of them will attest to having a poster of the iconoic supercar in their bedrooms and seeing the supercar in popular arcade racing games and on Miami Vice. Naturally, the most popular color is red, and the sleek front end of the Testarossa is as iconic as classic cars come. This model featured a 5.0 liter, 6 cylinder engine, and 390 horsepower. It had a top speed of 180 mph and its 0-60 was 5.3 seconds. Ferrari sold about 10,000 of these models in their heyday, making it one of the best Ferraris of all time.
- Ferrari F40 (1987 – 1992)
There are many supercar enthusiasts who would consider the Ferrari F40 to be the best supercar of all time, and that is why it’s making our list right now. It boasted a 2.9 liter, twin-turbo V8 engine and 471 horsepower. It had a top speed of 201 mph, and went from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. Even though this spectacle of a supercar is over 30 years old now, it would still blow the doors off of 90 percent of today’s modern cars – and that is saying something.
- Ferrari 355 (1995-1999)
Simply put, the Ferrari 355 was one of the most elegant vehicles ever produced, and that’s why it finds its way onto our list today. The 355 followed in the footprints of the wildly popular Testarossa, and didn’t dissapoint. It boasted a 3.5 liter, V8 engine, 375 horsepower, and a 6-speed transmission. It went from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and had a top speed of 183 mph.
- Ferrari Laferrari (2014)
We couldn’t end a list of some of the greatest Ferraris of all time without adding a newer model. And what better one to choose than the incredibly stunning Laferrari? This achievement in automaking boasts a 6.3 liter, V12 engine and 963 horsepower. It has a top speed of 217 mph and goes from 0-60 in a blazing fast 2.4 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars on the planet, despite the fact that it was manufactured over five years ago.
Have we missed a few of the best Ferraris? There’s a good chance that we have. But this is our list, and of course, it’s not etched in stone. No matter what your walk of life, or how old you are, we can all appreciate at least one of the amazing Ferraris on this list.
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