Ferrari made some of the most beautiful and some of the ugliest cars in the world. We collected a group of the “beauties” to compare them with the “beasts,” and on top of that discovered that there are a few “beautiful beasts,” which are custom painted or wrapped Ferraris that you will either love or love to hate.
It may not seem fair to go back in time and call the vintage Ferraris “beasts” because looking back on other fashions from the 1950s to the 1990s reveals plenty of things that look silly or stupid today. However, there were beautiful Ferraris designed during this past period as well. The Ferraris we selected as “Vintage Beasts” were considered less than spectacular for various reasons, even when they first came out. Some were “beasts” because of the power they had.
These are the beasts from day’s past.
We start off with a model, which was a beauty that was also made into a beast.
20. Vintage Beast: 1962 Custom Ferrari 250GT Breadvan versus 1962 Ferrari 250GT Racecar
This custom racecar was commissioned by Count Giovanni Volpi who was a competitor in auto racing with Enzo Ferrari. He had it made because Enzo refused to sell the Count a regular 250 GTO SWB racecar. As you can see, the Ferrari 250 GTO SWB was quite a beautiful car.
In this case, we have the beauty in the regular 1962 Ferrari 250GT racecar versus the beast of the customized 1962 Ferrari 250GT Breadvan. In racing competition, the breadvan version turned out to be faster. It raced during the 1960s. It took first place and set a new course record in 1962 at Ollon-Villars, at over 100 kilometers per hour.
There were only three Ferrari Breadvans made. Most recently, one of them was brought back to race with other vintage cars at the 2015 Goodwood Revival, where it crashed slightly, damaging a fender, yet kept racing.
Enzo Ferrari may have had the last laugh because the butt-ugly 1962 Custom Ferrari 250GT Breadvan sold at auction for US$28 million, while the slower, yet much more beautiful 1962 Ferrari 250GT Racecar captured an astonishing US$50 million the last time it sold.
19. Vintage Beast: 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2
Some people loved this car, while others thought its style was atrocious due to its quad headlights. Sandra West, a rich woman from Texas, was a major fan of this model. At her request, she was buried in her blue 1964 Ferrari 330 at the Alamo Masonic Cemetery in San Antonio.
Pininfarina was the designer of the 330 GT 2+2. It featured a canted double headlight. The outer lens was 7” and the inner one was 5”, which they got rid of the following year in 1965 by changing to a single headlight style. One reviewer on Top Speed said, “Even if this is a Ferrari, it still looks lousy.”
18. Vintage Beast: 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special
Norbert Navarro was a nightclub owner in Italy who did not like the conservative style of the 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, so he designed a new body style and got Piero Drogo of Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena, Italy to build it for him. Piero Drogo’s shop was also the one that built the 1962 Custom Ferrari 250GT Breadvan created by the designer Giotto Bizzarini.
Bizzarini worked from the 1950s to the 19070s as Ferrari’s chief automotive engineer. He was often quoted as saying, “I am not a car designer; I am a worker.” It shows. With this Navarro special, his legend for creating ugliness lived on.
17. Vintage Beast: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato
The 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC with the Zagato body style is a customized version. Zagato created bodies for 18 Ferraris, 11 of them became classics. Zagato was known for having a complete disdain for conformity. This design, with its chiseled front, enclosed headlamps, and notchback roof, certainly went against the styles of other vehicles from the same time.
One regular 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC that was owned by Robert Kennedy Jr. was involved in an accident after he sold it. It ended up being converted to this Zagato body style to make the repairs. It sold at Sotheby’s auction in London during 2009 for £101,750 (about US$127,453).
16. Vintage Beast: 1973 Ferrari 308 GT4 2+2
The 1973 Ferrari 308 GT4 was originally released as a “Dino.” Dino was the name of Enzo Ferrari’s son who died in 1956. Enzo decided to release this model to commemorate his son. This caused major confusion with potential buyers who did not realize that this car was a Ferrari. This model did not sell well because of this confusion. It was a bit sad that Enzo could not get the public to understand the significance of the name. Ferrari decided in 1976 to re-brand this model with the Ferrari name to improve sales.
15. Vintage Beast: 1980 Ferrari Mondial 8
In 2007, Time Magazine named the 1980 Ferrari Mondial 8 as one of the fifty worst vehicles ever produced since automobiles were invented. The electronics used in this model were based on transistors that continuously failed. At first, only a few things would go out; however, eventually the entire system would short-circuit and then fill the vehicle with the awful smell of burning wires. Factory authorized service came at exorbitant prices.
Except for customization, nothing much could be done about the ugly look. 1980 was the first year of the Mondial 8 model. Ferrari eventually improved it and over the following decade, it became one of the company’s best-selling models.
14. Vintage Beast: 1995 Ferrari F50
Only 249 vehicles of this model were made and only 55 delivered to the United States. The theme of this car was to make a racing vehicle suitable for Formula 1 Racing, but make this a production model capable of, and legal for, regular street driving. This is a powerful beast. It has a V-12 engine producing 520 HP and up to 10,000 RPM. Those who find it ugly, object to the huge tail flare that overemphasizes the rear of the car. One modern reviewer called this car a “Kardashian” Ferrari because of its large rear end.
13. Modern Beast: 2012 Ferrari FF
The problem with the 2012 Ferrari FF is not its look, which is actually quite stunning. The problem is that this is a four-wheel drive sedan with a hatchback and this vehicle is more like a family car than a sports car. Road & Track reported that Ferrari flew the car by helicopter to the top of a ski slope just to prove its four-wheel drive made it an all-terrain vehicle.
When it came out, it had a hefty price tag of US$300,000 that most families could not afford. They would rather buy a house. And who in their right mind would want to take a three-hundred thousand dollar car and drive it down a ski slope?
12. Modern Beast: Ferrari F40 Stretch Limo
Take an ugly F40, cut it in half, add a bunch of extra seats, and this is the result. This is a ghastly limo. Unless you are driving only one direction in a straight line, how does the driver navigate a simple turn?
This limo was custom built by Jay Ohrberg of Hollywood Cars who makes some of the most outrageous and barely usable “Krazy Kars,” including a limo that looks like the Space Shuttle and a 100-foot long limousine that is even longer than the Ferrari limo. Some things are just too over the top and too big to be cool. This is one of them.
11. Modern beast: Ferrari Stretch Limo from the UK
This limo is more like riding in a sports car than in a limo. It was one of the fastest limos ever built. The UK transportation system banned it from the roads for safety violations in the design. The Ferrari Company sued the limousine company and forced them to remove the Ferrari logo, claiming that the modifications changed the vehicle so much it was no longer a Ferrari. The owner of the limo company lashed back, saying that anyone should be able to do anything they like with their own property. This limo was taken out of commission by its owner and put up for sale.
Many Ferrari owners are not satisfied with the classic bright red racecar look and customize their new Ferrari with a unique paint job. Whether you think these customized paint jobs or car wraps are beautiful or ugly will depend on your personal tastes.
10. Beautiful Beast: 2012 Custom Ferrari 458 Spider
This Ferrari 458 Spider with the camouflage paint job was noticed by Exotic Spotter in Northern Italy. There are disagreements about whether this is a custom paint job or a car wrap.
The difference between a custom paint job and a car wrap is that with a car wrap the design is painted on a metal foil. When the design is finished and the paint dry, the metal foil is attached to the vehicle using non-permanent adhesive.
9. Beautiful Beast: Custom Car Wrapped Ferrari
This car looks like one of the designs that can be used in video games to customize the animation of the car you are using for the game. Some people complain that this pattern makes them feel dizzy and that they might throw up. Others fell like they are going to have an epileptic seizure.
The nice thing about getting your car wrapped with an exotic design, instead of getting a custom paint job, is that when you get tired of the crazy design you can take it off. We have tired of this design already. Take this car wrap off.
8. Beautiful Beast: Artist Ton Pret’s Customized 2009 Ferrari 355 GTS
Ton Pret is an artist from the Netherlands. He custom painted this Ferrari by hand in the style of his artwork for a collector of Modern Dutch art. Besides cars, Ton Oret painted a lot of other things likes, shoes, lady’s handbags, watch bands, and children’s toys. So, if you want your Ferrari to look like a children’s toy, this is the perfect way to achieve that goal and you will be able to impress other five-year-olds.
This Ferrari is now called, ‘the fastest artwork of Holland.” This car has been put on display at various art shows in Europe. Its original color was Ferrari yellow (“Giallo Modena”). We have to admit Ferrari yellow is rather boring.
7. Beautiful Beast: Office-K’s Ferrari 458 ‘Golden Shark’
Japanese custom shop Office-K created the “Golden Shark” by using a car wrap method, not paint, and adding custom trim such as wheel rims made of rose-gold plated metal. The Golden Shark also comes with a large stuffed Teddy Bear that is mounted in between the two front seats.
This car has been called “extremely tacky,” by critics and a travesty by others. Although, one reviewer said he liked the large stuffed Teddy Bear next to him while driving this car because it gave him comfort. Most people think this car looks like some toy you might get out of a gumball machine in an arcade.
6. Beautiful Beast: 2014 Gold-Wrapped Ferrari 458 Spider
A big trend is to wrap Ferraris with gold chrome vinyl. The UK Daily Mail reports that the undefeated world champion of kickboxing in 2014, Riyadh Al-Azzawi, covered his Ferrari 458 Spider with garish gold as well as almost everything else in the car. It has a gold steering wheel, gold mirror, and gold wheels. The only things that are not gold are the tires and the window glass. However, the windshield glass is gold tinted.
5. Beauty: 2006 Ferrari 575 Zagato GTZ
During 2006, Zagato rebuilt six Ferrari 575 GTZs. He had the official approval of the Ferrari Company. Each one was unique and hand-built. One car collector from Japan, Yoshiyuki Hayashi, bought two of them. One he would drive and this one he kept in pristine condition in his collection. This car has been driven less than 10,000 miles over the past decade.
Motor Authority reports that at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monaco during 2014 the car was offered for sale, yet the high offer of US$1.09 million did not meet the minimum acceptable bid for the owner to sell the car.
4. Beauty: 2011 Ferrari 599 XX
The Ferrari 599 XX is a racecar that has the base price of US$1.5 million. This car is only for the track and cannot be taken on the regular roads. It has 720 HP at 9,000 RPM and goes from a standstill to 60 MPH in a mere 2.9 seconds. Expect to pull some heavy G-forces if you throttle up to obtain full speed as fast as possible.
The body makes extensive use of strong, yet lightweight carbon fiber. This car is built for speed. Only 30 of these cars were made. If you try to buy one at auction now, expect to pay over $2 million.
3. Beauty: 2012 Ferrari F12 TRS
Ferrari has a Special Projects custom division that started in 2007, that makes unique cars. All of the cars designed by the Special Project division are one-offs. New York collector Peter Kallikow has one, which is the 2011 Superamerica 45.
The 2014 Ferrari F12 TRS shown in the photo is based on the F12 Berlinetta. Eric Clapton had this car commissioned for US$4.7 million. Eric Clapton says the curves represent the flow of his music career.
2. Beauty: 2017 LaFerrari
Ferrari will only produce 499 LaFerrari during 2017. The LaFerrari is a hybrid vehicle based on the Ferrari GT and the Ferrari F1 technologies. The 2017 LaFerrari has a V12 gas engine providing 800 HP and a 163 HP electric motor. Together they provide a combined 963 HP. Its top speed is over 219 MPH. It will reach 62 MPH in less than three seconds.
The car is balanced with 59% of the weight towards the rear wheels. It drives extremely well with excellent stability and grip on the road because of this balance. If you are one of the lucky ones to be able to acquire this vehicle you will have a marvelous time.
1. Beauty: 2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Convertible
Besides the LaFerrari electric/gas hybrid, the F12 line also includes the gorgeous Ferrari F12 Berlinetta convertible. It has a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that creates 729HP and 508 pound-feet of torque, and up to 8,700 rpm. At 2,500 rpm 80% of the torque is available, which helps the F12 Berlinetta reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Top speed is over 211 mph.
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is not as powerful as the LaFerrari. It will take you one-tenth of a second longer to reach 60 MPH and its top speed is eight MPH slower than the LaFerrari. However; who would not enjoy driving down the German autobahn (no speed limit!) with a hot babe or hunky beefcake (depending on your personal tastes) sitting it the passenger seat with the wind blowing through her or his hair. This car could make your dreams come true.
Ferrari makes some amazing cars, even if people want to seriously mess them up with ugly custom paint jobs and car wraps. If you have millions to burn, then work with the Ferrari Special Projects custom division and they will make a Ferrari exactly as you want that is one-of-a-kind and guaranteed to be a beauty.
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