Enzo Ferrari did not start out wanting to make street legal exotic cars. He was perfectly happy making race cars, when he started Scuderia Ferrari in 1929. Ferrari didn’t even build cars from scratch. He would buy Alfa Romeo cars for racing, the rebuild him to his specifications, and put them on the track. Alfa Romeo decided to get out of racing in 1933, so Scuderia Ferrari took over and fielded many famous drivers. Five years later, Alfa Romeo wanted its racing team back and formed Alfa Corse with Enzo Ferrari agreeing to stay on as the manager of the new racing department, shuttering Scuderia Ferrari.
Just a year later in 1939, Enzo Ferrari left the racing company Alfa Corse with the agreement that he would not use the Ferrari name for his race cars for four years. Just days later, he started Auto Avio Costruzioni, in the same facilities where he had housed the old Scuderia Ferrari. Supposedly, his company manufactured aircraft accessories and tools. In 1940, Ferrari built a race car without the Ferrari name using a Fiat base. That car was the Tipo 815 and was his first car. The car’s first appearance was at the sparsely attended Mille Miglia. World War II had everyone’s attention elsewhere besides racing. In fact, the allies destroyed his entire factory in 1943, which he had moved to Maranello. Ferrari rebuilt, and the factory is still there today.
The first car to carry the Ferrari name was released in 1947. The 125 S bottled a lot of power in its 1.5 liter V12-designed engine. Enzo Ferrari was forced to make this street production car to pay for his race ventures. The racing production name of Scuderia Ferrari was brought back to life to differentiate between racing cars and production vehicles. Then, in 1960, the company became a public corporation with the inauspicious name of SEFAC S.p.A.
Later, in 1969, Fiat managed to get half of Ferrari’s stock. The influx of cash that Fiat brought to the table resulted in a factory expansion to manufacture Fiat’s Dino and to increase production of higher-end Ferrari’s.
In 1988, some will say that Enzo Ferrari brought the most famous supercar ever produced to market. The Ferrari F40 was Enzo Ferrari’s last car. He passed away later in 1988. In 2002 and only until 2004, the company, now officially Ferrari S.p.A. sold what was the fastest car they had ever produced up to that point and called it the Enzo, after their founder. The $650,000 bolt of lightning was only made available to customers who had purchased before and had shown loyalty to the brand.
After being merged with Fiat Chrysler, finally in 2014, Ferrari became its own brand again.
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