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With a brand like Ferrari, the world is your oyster – the discerning, committed customer never need stop at the presented range. If you’d like a prancing horse in your stable, specialist vehicle finance from Harrington can help you take the reins.

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Such is the legend of Ferrari, owners must feel like custodians of some future heirloom. It’s a Ferrari!

If you’re going to be a custodian, best choose carefully then. Car finance from Harrington has been specially compiled to support lovers of performance, luxury and motoring history. With our support, you’ll be able to choose the right Ferrari for your personality.

For the grand tourer lovers, choose the front-engined V12-powered 812 GTS – the most powerful convertible on the market; or perhaps the Portofino M 2+ Spider, with its radical 8-speed dual clutch. If you want something a little more sports-focused in its handling, perhaps the mid-engined 296s, which combine a brand new 120º V6 coupled with a plug-in hybrid electric motor?

Exquisitely Italian

Ferrari Models

If you’re determined to get as close to the F1 experience as possible, you can really only choose the SF90, named for the 90th anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari, the SF90 embodies many F1-derived technologies and aerodynamics. It combines a V8 with three electric motors to create a hybridised powerhouse of performance, like 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds.

The latest iteration of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined Berlinettas (which simply means it has a closed cockpit) is the beautiful F8 Tributo. Along with a turbocharged V8 and aerodynamics inherited from Ferrari’s involvement in the GT and Challenge racing championships, the F8 Tributo also features sophisticated vehicle dynamics control systems, designed to help the driver easily and safely access the car’s full capabilities.

However, if you want to feel like Signor Bond, the Roma embodies unfettered simplicity of line and a taught elegance. Like an exquisitely tailored Italian suit.

Where it all started

OF Ferrari

Racing is and always has been, in Ferrari’s DNA. Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari Stable) was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, buying and preparing Alfa Romeo racing cars, and effectively operating as Alfa Romeo’s racing division. In 1933, Alfa Romeo withdrew its in-house works team, and Scuderia Ferrari took over, taking on Alfa’s Grand Prix cars. This was a bit of a false start for Ferrari, though. In 1938, Alfa Romeo formed Alfa Corse, a new in-house racing team, and hired Enzo as their manager. Scuderia Ferrari was disbanded.

The following year, Enzo left Alfa Romeo, with a restrictive covenant in place preventing him from using the Ferrari name in racing or racing cars for the following four years. Instead, Ferrari founded Auto Avio Costruzioni, producing machine tools and parts for aircraft.

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When was the first Ferrari-built racing car? expand

In 1940, while still under covenant, Enzo produced the first Ferrari-built racing car, based on a Fiat platform (Tipo 815), and debuted it at the 1940 Mille Miglia. However, only two of these small two-seat sports cars were made.

By now, WWII was well underway and greatly curtailing racing activity. Nevertheless, in 1943, Ferrari moved his factory from Modena to Maranello…where it was subsequently flattened by allied bombing. It was rebuilt, this time to include facilities for road car production. Ferrari famously remains in Maranello to this day.

Fiat takes a piece of the prancing horse expand

In 1969, Fiat acquired a 50% stake in Ferrari, immediately injecting sufficient investment to extend the factory, and develop the Ferrari range. Fiat would later merge with Chrysler to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

In October 2014, the FCA group announced the split of the Ferrari brand, turning it once again, into an independent brand. In 2015, 10% of this new company was sold in an IPO.

When was the first Ferrari-badged road car produced? expand

The first Ferrari-badged road car was the 1947 125S, powered by a 1.5lt V12, but it has to be said, at this time road cars were produced mainly to fund the resurrected Scuderia Ferrari racing team.

In 1949, Ferrari made its first foray into the grand touring road car market with the 166 Inter, a 2+2 berlinetta coupe with bodywork designed by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. From this point on, road cars would quickly become the company’s main source of revenue.

Who designs Ferrari’s? expand

Early Ferraris were front-engined two-seaters powered by Ferrari-built V12s, with beautiful bodywork designed and built by future household names, Bertone, Pininfarina, Scaglietti, Vignale and Zagato.

The first mid-engined Ferrari was the Dino, introduced in 1968, produced with both V6 and V8 engine options. The mid-engine arrangement has served Ferrari well ever since.

Ferrari only took design responsibility in-house with the creation of Ferrari Centro Stile (Ferrari Style Centre) in 2010, and the LaFerrari. Ferrari’s intention with Centro Stile was for designers to be able to work in closer synergy with the engineers “to combine art and science”.

Centro Stile has gone on to evolve the Ferrari design language in bold new directions, the latest iteration coming of age in 2019 with the launch of five new models. The first of these, the F8 Tributo representing a bridge to a new design era, personified by the following SF90 Stradale, designed like “Something between a race car and a spaceship,” (Flavio Manzoni, Chief Design Officer).

Ferrari Centro Stile has managed to retain instant recognition of Ferrari cars with even a retro nod to its heritage (see the Testarossa-inspired rear of the 2023 Daytona SP3 for instance), but their sights are clearly set on the future.

A powerful icon

The Ferrari Brand

Ferrari is not only one of the best-known automotive brands, in 2014 Brand Finance ranked it as the world’s most powerful brand – of any kind. Mention Ferrari and a number of powerful icons spring immediately to mind – most notably Rosso Corsa (Red), Giallo Modena (Yellow) and the Cavallino Rampante (Prancing Horse).

In June 1923, Enzo Ferrari won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna. There he met Countess Paolina, mother of fighter pilot ace and hero of WWI, Francesco Baracca. Baracca used to paint a horse on the side of his plane – as it happens, a red horse on a white cloud shape. The Countess urged Enzo to use the horse on his cars for luck. Enzo chose black, as had been painted on planes in Baracca’s squadron as a mark of respect after he was killed in action. The yellow was chosen as it was the official colour for the city of Modena, where Enzo began.

Famous Ferrari owners
  • Paris Hilton
  • Justin Bieber
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Elvis Presley
  • John Lennon
  • 50 Cent
  • Mario Balotelli
  • Paul Allen
  • Eric Clapton
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Nick Mason
Useful Ferrari resources

Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain: https://www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk/

Ferrari Owners Club (international): https://www.ferrari.com/en-EN/auto/ownersclub

National Ferrari Owners Day: https://www.nationalferrariownersday.com/

Famous names

Quotes about Ferrari

“Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” Enzo Ferrari

“Money is not happiness, but it’s better to cry in a Ferrari.” Maria Felix

“I’d like to consider Ferrari as a scaled down version of God.” Jeremy Clarkson

“Ferrari gives you a special feeling.” Fernando Alonso