Cars & Racing | 11 October 2016Ferrari: 70 Years of Evolution Share article facebook twitter google pinterest We all love looking at the popular “then and now” books that cover everything from cities, to professions, to sports, etc. Sports car aficionados are no different, and to view the evolution of a favorite manufacturer can be mesmerizing. The new Motorbooks publication Ferrari 70 Years details that expanse of time for one of the most respected automotive brands in the world. Following are some photos from that book of the very first two models and then a peek at three of the 2016 Ferraris. Of course it’s the dozens of models of road cars and race cars made in the years between that are typically the most revered, but for now we’ll have to settle for a look at the very first and the very latest. The first Ferrari did not exactly receive rave reviews in the Italian press. After it appeared at Piacenza in 1947, one Italian newspaper referred to the Tipo 125 as “small, red, and ugly.” The most significant of all early Ferrari body styles, the 166 Mille Miglia designed by Carrozzeria Touring. The earliest examples appeared in 1948. After the debut, the 166 MM was called the Touring Barchetta, barchetta meaning “small boat” in Italian. The 166 MM established Ferrari’s bold, oval grille design. The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider is the most powerful mid-rear-engined V8 car ever to feature the company’s patented retractable hard top, along with the highest level of technological innovation and cutting-edge design. This is the culmination of seven decades of Ferrari history. What lies ahead in 2017 to surpass the 488 Spider challenges the imagination. (Photograph by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images) Awesome, in the literal sense of the word, best describes the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, the generational heir to the famous 308 GTB. (Photograph by John Lamm) Ferrari’s 2016 GTC4 Lusso is a new 2+2 derived from the Ferrari four-wheel-drive FF design. The Lusso name has meant “the four fastest seats on earth” since the original 1960s model, and the 2016 GTC4 captures the historic styling aspects of two legendary cars—the 330 GT 2+2 and 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso—in a truly dramatic new way. (Photograph by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images) Buy from an Online Retailer For 70 years, Ferrari has produced automotive works of art to fire the imaginations of car lovers worldwide. A stellar combination of beauty, performance, racing success, exclusivity and Italian flair have combined to make Ferrari the world’s most iconic carmaker. All these traits coalesce in the form of Ferrari’s road cars. From the 125S in 1947, to the versatile 340 in the 1950s, to the stunning 250s and 275s of the 1960s, to the Daytona, to the shocking F40, to the modern era’s outrageous hypercars the Enzo and LaFerrari, no other sports car manufacturer has so consistently set the bar for style and performance. It’s a near unbroken 70-year run of hits. Ferrari 70 Years lifts the hood on Ferrari’s sports car history beginning in 1947, but also touches on Enzo Ferrari’s early career with Alfa-Romeo before he launched his iconic company. Author Dennis Adler offers Ferrari owners and fans an engaging and comprehensive history of Maranello’s extensive sports car range. Adler’s detailed text is accompanied by his gorgeous photography and supplemented by fascinating images from Ferrari’s historic archive. There is simply no better way to celebrate Ferrari’s fantastic history. THE AUTHOR Award-winning author, photographer, and historian Dennis Adler is one of America’s most published automotive authors and historians. He has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and CBS Sunday Morning. The author of dozens of books on collectible automobiles and historic firearms, as well as a former magazine editor, Adler has had more than 5000 articles and photographs published during his long career. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.