Ferrari’s humble beginnings were quite the opposite of most car manufacturers. Instead of selling to the public sector as a means to build credibility and funds. Enzo Ferrari’s extreme desire for speed and winning propelled him to engulf in racing; placing Enzo and the Ferrari brand as history's significant car manufacturers on and soon off the track. With Ferrari ageing like fine wine owning a Ferrari Service Manual along your Testarossa wouldn't be a shameful idea.
Ferrari is the oldest and longest surviving Formula 1 racing team, with their roots that began in the 1950’s with Over 200 race victories blazing the path as the leader in Italian engine and in general, sports car building.
Ferrari was never in the business of building road cars although very few private sector “friends” of Enzo did own a Ferrari. He was never intrigued until Luigi Chinetti crossed paths with the great Enzo and was able to persuade him to begin selling to the public sector (a new means to fuel his racing addiction). Chinetti opened the first Ferrari Dealership in Manhattan where Ferrari took the American Public by storm. Who could resist a California Spyder? Not many.
Ferrari has only one factory where all Ferrari’s endure detailed assembly in Maranello, Italia. This same factory has been producing Ferrari’s since the beginning in 1947 when the first badged prancing horse was placed on the 125 S. Since then we have seen the GTO, Testarossa, California Spyder, Dino, 208 all roll out in minuscule numbers.
Today some of you are fortunate enough to have a Ferrari parked in your driveway and some of you, unlucky. Not because you can't afford one, But Ferrari is very particular on who gets to drive the “Rossa Corsa” down Sunset Blvd and certain criteria must be met. If they are not, you are denied access to one of the world's finest luxury sport cars.
Even though Ferrari could double even triple its low 7,000 a year vehicle production but, in order to maintain its high quality and detailed craftsmanship and its exclusivity to those who truly deserve to own a Ferrari means the numbers must be kept low. Of course you might be able to find yourself a 208 or Spyder used but the prices might be fairly high due to its rarity. If you do happen to get your hands on a GTO or maybe if you're lucky a Ferrari F40 make sure you protect your investment with a Ferrari Workshop Manual.