Thursday, 13 October 2011

Road Legal Ferrari's A Brief History - Niello Serrano Concours

For Ferrari Friday GALPOT continues yesterdays perusal of vehicles on display at the Niello Serrano Concours thanks to Geoffrey Hortons photographs.


First up a Ferrari 250 GT/E 2+2's, one these models was Enzo Ferrari's daily driver, early GALPOT readers may remember such a vehicle appearing in a previous blog, albeit modified into a replica 250 GT SWB Competizione.


More exclusive, one of just 200 models built between 1965 and 1968, is this Ferrari 275 GTS powered by a 3.3 litre / 201 cui V12.


The V6 Ferrari Dino had been in production for two years and two distinct series from 1969 to 1971 before the first Series III Dino's were manufactured for the US market, this is one of 1,431 Series III Dinos produced between 1971 and 1974.


Manufactured between 1971 and 1972 the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is a 2+2. One of the 500 examples produced appeared in the 1977 film Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo alongside several other Ferraris including a slightly more powerful 365 GTB/4 Daytona with which the GTC/4 shares a common chassis.


Representing Maranello's prancing black horse for the 1980's at Niello Serrano was this Ferrari 328 GTS of which some 7400 were manufactured between 1985 and 1989.


Ferrari returned to manufacturing motor cars with the engine in front of the driver in 1996 with the beefy 550. With a boot / trunk large enough to carry a set of golf clubs the Ferrari 550 was turned into a handy racer at Le Mans by the likes of Prodrive.


Twentieth model in Ferraris catalogue of street legal exotics is the Ferrari 360 a model produced from 1999 - 2005 which you may remember from an earlier blog was made available with an optional Tubi Style exhaust to provide extra horsepower and amplify the sound.


With a 200 mph top speed the Ferrari F430 that replaced the 360 in 2004 arguably had no need of gimmicks like optional Tubi Style exhausts. It looks good, sounds good and goes fast, pretty much everything one could want from a Ferrari except of course it's replacement the F458 Italia.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing the delights of the California Concours season with us at GALPOT, I look forward to seeing what motoring delights he will find next year.

Thanks for joining me for Ferrari Friday, I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I'll be looking at an innovative Lotus with a body designed by Peter Kirwan-Taylor. Don't forget to come back now !

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