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Ferrari The Motorclassica Star
The stature of Ferrari means that it is always a star attraction at Motorclassica, with the event over time having hosted examples of most of the models that have emerged from the Marenello skunkworks.
From the 1951 195 EL Coupe, through to the 2016 La Ferrari Aperta, all of the greatest Ferrari models have drawn in crowds to the Royal Exhibition Building.
A highlight for the marque at Motorclassica came in 2015 when a 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso (otherwise known as a Luxury model), scooped the pool, earning the award for the Best in Show out of the hundreds of cars on display.
One of only 350 constructed, the car was the road focussed derivative of the 250 GT SWB and 250 GTO track-bred specials, with the wailing 3.0-litre V12 continuing to provide a thrill to this day.
In fact the 2015 event was a celebration for the Dino nameplate, featuring numerous cars named in the honour of Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo, who died in 1956.
‘Dino’s’ final role working within Ferrari was on the company’s vee-engine project, and subsequently, from the early 1960s, cars fitted with vee-angled power plants were designated Dino.
This naming convention extended to the broader Fiat family, with Ferrari V6s fitted to limited runs of Coupes and Spyders.
Included in the Dino display that year were a trio of 246 GTs and a pair of the newer 308s.Another red letter event for the marque was the 2017 edition of Motorclassica, with the brand’s 70th birthday grabbing headlines with the biggest display of Ferraris to ever gather on these shores.
Leading the line-up for the event was the aforementioned Le Ferrari, which was especially constructed to mark the milestone for the marque.
Equipped with a 6.4-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine, the package came complete with a Formula 1 inspired KERS electric motor configuration.
Pumping out a remarkable 949hp and 700Nm of torque, Le Ferrari was capable of achieving 0-200km/h in less than seven seconds, a total of 209 examples were produced, with only 200 released to brand loyalists worldwide.
A sign of the car’s credentials, in 2017 one Aperta sold at a charity auction for an incredible AUD$12.5 million, a record at the time for a 21st century vehicle.
Ferraris also featured prominently in the Tour Classica, while the forecourt ‘Club Sandwich’ for the event filled with 70 vehicles from the Ferrari Owner’s Club of Australia, as a part of their 45th National Rally.
The list of Ferraris that have featured at Motorclassica over the past decade reads as the ultimate garage wish list of the Italian Stallions.
Starting with the 1951 195 EL Coupe, one of only 27 of the examples built as a grand touring version of the company’s 195 S that won the 1950 Mille Miglia.
Featuring a beefed up 2.3-litre V12 power plant over the previous 166’s 2.0-litre unit, the 195 was ultimately superseded by the 212.
Another important Ferrari model to showcase at Motorclassica was the 1959 250 GT Coupe, which proved to be a turning point for the marque, with it becoming the brand’s first foray into the volume production of road cars.
All told, 350 units were assembled, with Pininfarina’s notchback design proving to be more refined and practical than any previous Ferrari passenger vehicle.
Multiple Ferrari 250s have been displayed over time, with the 250 GT/E the company’s first serious attempt at a four-seat design.
Refinement of the marque on display at Motorclassica continued through the 275 and 330, with the 1970s bringing with it classics such as the 246, 265, while the Daytona Coupe saw the marriage of old and new, resulting in a production car capable of 278km/h, a world leader at the time.
The 308 followed later in the decade, with the 512 bringing mid-engine configuration to the party, with the model paving the way for the 1984 Testarossa, Ferrari’s flagship for the decade, and a mainstay at Motorclassica.The event has also hosted the Ferrari 288, a mid-1980s exotic homologation special of the 308, which preceded the legendary F40.
The last of the production cars to be overseen by Enzo Ferrari, only 1,311 of the wedge shaped F40s were produced, although posters of the car could be found on of bedroom wall, adored by little boys the world over.
Not to be outdone, the F50 was essentially a Formula 1 car with a roof, released to coincide with the marque’s 50th birthday celebrations, with the car developed without compromise, and a lot of creature comforts.
The encore was equally as inspiring, the Ferrari Enzo, which continued to push the boundaries for Hypercars.
Displayed at Motorclassica was Lindsay Fox’s Enzo, which was a special order from the factory, complete with a yellow painted roof to match the Linfox business colours.
From the early masterpieces to the latest hits, all Ferraris are crowd pleasers, and they will forever have a home with Motorclassica.
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