When you talk to the average person about high-end sports cars, they usually have a few that come to mind. Particularly, that of the Italian legend: Ferrari. After all, Ferrari is one of the world's most prominent sports car manufacturers; continually putting out model after amazing model.
Since they've been in business for so long (Before World War II, even), Ferrari has garnered a huge registrar of vehicles. Some of these were forgotten, while others sell for millions just for their name and history! To showcase some of Ferrari's greatest creations, here are ten of the best Ferrari cars ever made, ranked...
10 Ferrari 288 GTO
After the Ferrari F40's launch, people were so emphatic about the company's new car that they almost forgot about its predecessor: The Ferrari 288 GTO. The 288 would be one of the last vehicles from Ferrari to carry the 'GTO' title (Excluding the limited-run Ferrari 599 GTO).
With the danger and lack of safety in the Group B Circuit racing series (GTO), the GTO series was ultimately terminated. Because of this, Ferrari had made a bunch of vehicles for the specific purpose to race, but never would. Regardless of this tragedy, the 288 GTO is still very expensive, incredibly beautiful, and one of the best '80s supercars ever.
9 Ferrari 458 Italia
During the late-2000's, Ferrari was facing more competition than ever before. McLaren was making their own lineup of vehicles, along with Lamborghini, Porsche, Chevrolet, Pagani, and so on. To differentiate themselves, as well as annihilate the competition, Ferrari made the 458 Italia.
The 458 was revolutionary for the supercar industry. What was astounding about the 458 Italia wasn't just its wild, mid-engine, styling and lines, but how fast it was. Compared to other vehicles at the time (McLaren 12C, Lamborghini Aventador/Gallardo, Audi R8), the 458 dusted all of them. The Italia would prove to be a successful race car, road car, and just about everything in-between, as the 458 had several iterations: Italia, Spider, Speciale, GT3, GTE, Challenge, and Speciale Aperta (As well as a few one-offs).
8 Ferrari 512 BBi
Before the Ferrari 512 made its way onto the car scene, the concept of a mid-engine road car was not discussed. Frankly, mid-engines were seen as for the track, not the road. This, however, would all change with the release of the Ferrari 512 BB.
Now, the 512 BB isn't the same car as the BBi (Technically). The biggest difference here isn't with the exterior or an engine-swap, but the introduction of fuel-injectors. Up until that point, most Ferrari's were carbureted. Though, with the addition of fuel-injectors, the 512 BBi became more powerful, more efficient, and even more popular than beforehand.
7 Ferrari 512 TR Testarossa
The Ferrari 512 BB-series wasn't the only time Ferrari used the '512' designation. In fact, there are many Ferrari's with the 512 name, including the lionized Ferrari 512 TR "Testarossa."
For countless automotive fans, the Testarossa first came into their life during its time in Miami Vice. The car was given to the show by Enzo Ferrari himself, and quickly became a staple of '80s sports cars, high-class living, and Hollywood. The Testarossa was everything you could want in an '80s racer: Great looks, a powerful V12, Ferrari design, and broken necks on every onlooker.
6 Ferrari SF90 Stradale
With Ferrari's spectacular performance and sales regarding the LaFerrari, one of their latest hypercar, it was only natural for them to continue where the LaFerrari left off. Using the LaFerrari as their benchmark, Ferrari built its successor: The SF90 Stradale.
If you're an F1 fan, the term 'SF90' may already be familiar to you. This isn't a coincidence, as Scuderia Ferrari's (Ferrari's F1 team) 2019 F1 car is the SF90. Clearly, the SF90 Stradale is taking inspiration from their 2019 car with the continuation of hybrid technology and closeness to their F1 car. Although the SF90 Stradale isn't yet available to the public, it promises to be Ferrari's most competent and competitive model in their repertoire.
5 Ferrari Enzo
A handful of years after Ferrari's founder, Enzo Ferrari, passed away in 1988, Ferrari designers and engineers came together to draft their next hypercar. It would be both the successor the the F50 and a homage to the originator; the, appropriately named, Ferrari Enzo.
Since the F50 was, sort of, disliked by the general populace, Ferrari had to work hard to prove themselves once more. Thankfully, they did exactly that, as the Ferrari Enzo is vastly expensive, powerful, and much better looking than the F50. Another cool aspect of the Enzo were its paddle-shifters. Before then, they were mostly reserved for F1 cars (With the exception of the F355 earlier), but would find a home in the Enzo. Needless to say, the Enzo has become an icon of the Ferrari brand and will likely remain so until the end of time.
4 Ferrari F40
Of all the Ferraris to be made, the F40 is one of the few that is known by every car enthusiast, constantly referred to when discussing a great sports car, and even revitalized in the future. The F40 was the last Ferrari that the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari, would have oversight on before his death. As such, the F40 would be Enzo's magnum opus.
It broke the 200 miles-per-hour barrier, won several races, and showed what Ferrari was capable of. Nowadays, the F40 is still fondly remembered by fans and sought after like it were the Fountain of Youth. Ferrari executives have noticed this and, to meet demand, are building a tribute to the F40; a follow-up to the 488 GTB, the F8 Tributo.
3 Ferrari 250 GT California
As the '50s were rolling on, Ferrari was still dominating racing series after racing series. For a long time, the vehicle they used to do this were there 250 models. These cars were selling excellently and winning just as frequently. However, there was still something missing: A convertible version.
To build a convertible 250, Ferrari worked with the famous design company, Scaglietti. What came of this relationship would be the renowned Ferrari 250 GT California, named after the state where convertibles thrive. Everything else is history; the California became Ferrari's best-selling 250 model ever and is still seen as one of the world's most valuable cars. Also, like the F40, the California would see a revival too in the form of the 2010 Ferrari California.
2 Ferrari 250 GTO
If you're wondering where the Ferrari 288 GTO got its name from (And not just for the racing series, but its heritage) then observe the Ferrari 250 GTO. For all intents and purposes, this was Ferrari's only GTO race car.
The 250 GTO was a part of the classic Group 3 racing series, also known as GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata). Interestingly, no Ferrari 250 GTO is the same. Since all the cars were handmade, many have different lines, less/more power, different door lengths, and more. Because of this, their limited number (39), and racing success, the Ferrari 250 GTO is easily Ferrari's most expensive model ever; around $50+ million. Nevertheless, the individuals who can afford this price tag make sure to take care of them, as evidenced by all thirty-nine 250 GTO's still working today!
1 Ferrari 250 LM
As mentioned previously when discussing the 512 BBi, Ferrari saw the use of mid-engine setups to be primarily for racing, rather than for street-legal alternatives. Perhaps the reasoning behind this came from the Ferrari 250 LM, a winning Ferrari race car.
Throughout Ferrari's vehicle lineup, they've made some rare cars, but none as 'Unicorn-like' as the 250 LM. Once again, this was during the good ol' days when race cars could still drive on the road. With its amazing engineering and cornering/speed capabilities, the 250 LM easily walked away with multiple victories.
Like with the other 250's, its rarity, racing pedigree, and brand-name help to propel the Ferrari 250 LM into stardom, as well as a multi-million dollar cost.