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10 cars that were built to beat Ferrari

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Martin Buckley of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 21: Though not without a certain charm, Enzo Ferrari, in his career as a builder of race and road cars, certainly upset one or two people; his arrogance, determination, and an ability to manipulate those around him inevitability resulted in a few falling outs.

Many foreheads wore his boot print and his ruthlessness in ascending the greasy pole of motorsport dominance – while simultaneously creating a dynasty of roadgoing sports and GT cars that defined the parameters of the ‘exotic’ automobile – meant he was not a man to be crossed.

The price of success was a high rate of attrition among his staff, annoyed customers and a long list of would-be rivals among ex-staff or other owners, who were either envious of his success or out for simple revenge.

Yet, with two or three notable exceptions, few of the vehicles that emerged from this febrile atmosphere of Machiavellian intrigue ever challenged the dominance of his cars; though pig-headed and set in his ways, Mr Ferrari had an annoying habit of being right!

GTs and supercars crafted with one ambition in mind

Though not without a certain charm, Enzo Ferrari, in his career as a builder of race and road cars, certainly upset one or two people; his arrogance, determination, and an ability to manipulate those around him inevitability resulted in a few falling outs.

Many foreheads wore his boot print and his ruthlessness in ascending the greasy pole of motorsport dominance – while simultaneously creating a dynasty of roadgoing sports and GT cars that defined the parameters of the ‘exotic’ automobile – meant he was not a man to be crossed.

The price of success was a high rate of attrition among his staff, annoyed customers and a long list of would-be rivals among ex-staff or other owners, who were either envious of his success or out for simple revenge.

Yet, with two or three notable exceptions, few of the vehicles that emerged from this febrile atmosphere of Machiavellian intrigue ever challenged the dominance of his cars; though pig-headed and set in his ways, Mr Ferrari had an annoying habit of being right!

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