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Nine Facts About Ferrari Only Purists Will Know

November 2017Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher

The manufacturing of the Ferrari California Car. Photograph by Ferrari, courtesy of Phaidon

Depending on your interest in cars, we imagine you already know a fair bit about Ferraris. You probably know that the company built the most expensive car ever sold at auction – a 1962 250 GTO that went for $38 million in a sale in Carmel, California in 2014 – and that Ferraris account for 15 of the 20 most expensive cars ever sold at auction. You might know that Ferrari has won more Formula 1 grand prix (229) than any other team. You ought to know that the company is Italian and made motoring icons like the F40, the Testarossa, and the Enzo. Being a MR PORTER guy, you might even know that the Daytona driven by the character James “Sonny” Crockett in the Miami Vice television show, and the 250 GT in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, were fakes.

However, perusing Ferrari: Under The Skin, a new Phaidon book that ties in with an exhibition at London’s Design Museum, we discovered many interesting things we didn’t previously know about the company. Here are nine of them.

01. As a driver, Mr Enzo Ferrari was second only to the very best