Many people long to experience the thrill of driving a Ferrari. One of the most popular and expensive sports cars today, the Ferrari has a long history starting with the creator’s racing career in 1919. If you’re thinking about buying a Ferrari or you just love the cars, check out these 5 interesting facts you should know about the iconic car.
The Traditional Color for a Ferrari is Red
As consumers browse an inventory of used Ferraris, it’s hard not to notice most are red. Though these cars do come in other shades, racing red is the traditional color of the Ferrari stemming from the race team of creator, Enzo Ferrari.
The First Ferrari Wasn’t a Ferrari
When the Ferrari was first designed, Enzo Ferrari was not allowed to use his name for any vehicle. He had left the Alfa Romeo racing team where he was a designer, and part of the contract he had with them was that he could not manufacture a car with his name for four years. Instead, the first Ferrari was called the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815. This car was a smaller two-seater with a 1.5-litre engine and was the first car that fully designed by Enzo Ferrari. He had helped designed cars previously for the Alfa Romeo racing team he was part of.
The Creator of the Ferrari Was a Blacksmith
Born in 1898, Enzo Ferrari became a blacksmith for the Italian Army during the first world war. He served in this capacity until he contracted influenza and was discharged in 1918. At this time, he enjoyed motorcycle racing, and in 1919 started racing cars on a team. He eventually moved to the Alfa Romeo racing team, where he helped with the design of new cars until he set off on his own in 1939.
World War II Delayed the Launch of the Ferrari
The Auto Avio Costruzioni 815s were created in 1940, shortly after he first left Alfa Romeo. Only two of these were created before World War II started. The Ferrari factory was bombed twice, in 1944 and 1945, setting back the launch of the first official Ferrari. In 1947, the V12 125 S was finally launched. This is considered the first official Ferrari. The V12 125 S was driven in its first race at the Piacenza Circuit and won for the first time in the Rome Grand Prix later the same month.
The First Ferrari No Longer Exists
Car collectors love being able to say they have the first of any type of car, but this simply isn’t possible with the Ferrari. When the 125 S debuted, the driver had to drop out of the race because of a fuel pump issue. This was fixed and the vehicle then won the Rome Grand Prix a couple of weeks later. After this, Enzo Ferrari was ready to start working on a new design. Parts from both cars were used for the next Ferrari that Enzo Ferrari designed, so neither one is available today.
Driving a Ferrari is certainly an experience, and the deep history of these vehicles makes them even more interesting. Check out used Ferraris today to get an idea of what it’s like to drive one of these sports cars, originally designed to look great and to win races.
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