Subject to fascination for literally billions of people around the world, Ferrari is now – on March 12, 2017 – a full 70 years away from building its first car.
The legend kicked off in a small plant in Maranello, Italy, when the first car called Ferrari became real – the 125 S, which was completed on March 12, 1947. Enzo Ferrari, the racing driver that envisioned the company – was at the wheel. Ferrari has been marking the even with numerous events – and also created a dedicated website, www.ferrari70.com, which just went online in a bid to further celebrate the most important moments in Ferrari’s storied rise to fame.
By the way, the Italians decided to have the 125 S drive through the factory gates on Via Abetone Inferiore, as it will symbolically hand over the keys to the kingdom to its distant heir – the LaFerrari Aperta. Their first car – the 125 S – had a 12 cylinder engine that was developed by Gioacchino Colombo, Luigi Bazzi, and Giuseppe Busso, and a mere three months after leaving the factory the car had its first racer win, during the May 20, 1947 Rome Grand Prix at the hands of Franco Cortese who clocked in at an average speed of 88.5 km/h.