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Ferrari Showing 60 Historic Cars at Rodeo Drive

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/8/2014 Jason Udy

Ferrari will show off 60 historic cars at the "Race Through the Decades 1954-2014" event on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. this weekend. The event commemorates the automaker’s 60th Anniversary in the U.S. Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari Chairman, will be on hand to unveil a new Ferrari model, but the real treat could be the models from the prancing horse brand's past, including the 308 GTS from Magnum P.I., the Testarossa from Miami Vice, and Steve McQueen’s 275 GTB/4 as well as the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM that won Best in Show at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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This feature previews 26 of the 60 cars that will be on display.

Ferrari 212 Vignale

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches This particular Ferrari 212 featured a body by Alfredo Vignale, and was raced in the 1951 Mille Miglia in Italy, the 1952 Indianapolis 500, and the 1952 Carrera Panamericana. During the 1950s, the Ferrari 212 Vignale was owned and/or driven by such greats as Luigi Chinetti, Alberto Ascari, Phil Hill, Phil Walters, and Ernie McAfee.

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Famous for its “pontoon fenders,” the 1958 Ferrari 250 TR was raced at several international events, including the 1958 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, campaigned by Belgian race team Ecurie Francorchamps. Owner Jacques Swater sold it to American racer John “Buck” Fulp. After racing in only a few times, Fulp sold it to Alan Connell, a Texas oilman who later sold it to a Texas dentist in the 1970s. This example has been restored to its 1958 Le Mans glory.

Ferrari 412 MI

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Built for West Coast Ferrari distributor and race team owner John Von Neumann, the one-off Ferrari 412 MI was based on a prototype chassis and used the engine from the De Portago, which crashed during the 1957 Mille Miglia. Phil Hill raced the 412 MI at Riverside in 1958, but the car didn’t see victory at that track until the next year in the hands of Richie Ginther.

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Spyder California

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches This long-wheelbase Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California is one of just nine (out of a total 50 units built) to feature a lightweight alloy body. Originally owned by privateer racer Bob Grossman who raced it with Fernand Tavano in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. The duo finished fifth overall and third in class. The long-wheelbase 250 GT Spyder California was successful in other races in 1959 and 1960.

Ferrari 375 America

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Just 12 Ferrari 375 America models were built by Pininfarina. This is the last example of the series and was built for Avv. Gianni Agnelli. Completed in 1954, this 375 America was shown at the Turin Auto Show. It features a vertical rectangular grille, sunroof, and dark green paint with red trim around the windows. Restored to its original glory, this Ferrari 375 America has won numerous awards in Concours in the U.S. and Europe.

Ferrari 250 Monza

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches This Ferrari 250 Monza is the second of four built. It was powered by a V-12 engine topped with three four-barrel carburetors from the Ferrari 250 MM. Originally sold to Scuderia Guastalla, it won the 1954 12 Hours of Hyeres under the command of Luigi Piotti and Maurice Trintignant. After Luigi Chinetti bought the car, he went to Sergio Scaglietti to have the original Pininfarina Sypder body replaced with a body similar to the “pontoon fender” Testa Rossa.

Ferrari 410 Superamerica

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches As its name suggests, the Ferrari 410 Superamerica carried the largest Ferrari engine built to date -- a 5.0-liter V-12 -- to satisfy American buyers. The car was unveiled at the 1955 Paris Auto Show with 35 examples built over the next four years. Each example featured custom bodywork with this particular car shown at the 1956 Turin Auto Show wearing a Pininfarina body.

Ferrari 410 Sport

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches A pair of Ferrari 410 Sport models was built for the 1955 Carrera Panamericana. After the race was canceled, this example was raced by Juan Manuel Fangio in Buenos Aires. The car was later sold to John Edgar of American road racing fame. Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, Masten Gregory, Jim Rathman, Bruce Kessler, and Chuck Daigh all raced the car for Edgar. Carrol Shelby won at least eight races in this car. Power came from a quad cam 4.9-liter V-12 with 24 sparkplugs and six carburetors.

Ferrari 330 P4

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches With the other two examples being converted to lightweight Spyders with larger engines, this Ferrari 330 P4 is the last remaining original example. It finished second alongside two other 330 P4 models at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, cementing Ferrari's 1-2-3 victory at that race. Other feats include finishing second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and winning the 1000 Kms of Monza. The Ferrari 330 P4 is powered by a 4.0-liter V12 engine.

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Although three Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione berlinettas were built, this was the only example to see the race track. Belgian drivers Jean Blanton and Willy Mairesse raced the Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione for Jacques Swaters’ Ecurie Francorchamps at the 1965 Targa Florio, where the duo did not finish. It was then entered in Le Mans where it won the GT class and finished third overall behind a pair of Ferrari 250 LMs.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches The 1959 400 Superamerica replaced the 410 Superamerica in Ferrari’s lineup. With wheelbase roughly 15 inches shorter than the 410, the new car was smaller than the one it replaced. Power came from a 4.0-liter engine. This example, number 16 of 32, features a Pinin Farina “Coupe aerodynamico” body and was originally owned by Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller.

Ferrari 250 GTO

This is the first Ferrari 250 GTO, which was sold to Luigi Chinetti in early 1962. Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien raced it in the 12 Hours of Sebring. The duo finished first in class and second overall. Chinetti then sold it to Bob Grossman, who finished third in class at Le Mans. The original Ferrari 250 GTO has been restored to its 1962 Sebring glory.

Ferrari 365 California Spyder

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches The Ferrari 365 California Spyder introduced at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show replaced the 500 Superfast as the Italian automaker’s most luxurious touring car. It was powered by a 4.4-liter V-12 derived from the 4.0-liter “330 block.” Pininfarina designed and built the body. This example is number 11 of just 14 examples built. It was originally purchased in 1967 by a private owner in the U.S.

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches This Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Daytona was raced by Brock Yates and Dan Gurney in the original 1971 Cannonball run. Inspired by Erwin “Cannonball” Baker’s 1914 coast-to-coast record, Yates came up with the idea of the original Cannonball run to race from New York to California on public roads. With an average speed of 80 mph, Yates and Gurney won the first Cannonball.

Ferrari 312 PB

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches The Ferrari 312 PB was built to meet the rule changes for the 1972 World Manufacturer’s Championship, which limited engine size to 3.0 liters. Based on the 312 Formula 1 car, the 312 PB was basically a two-seat variant of Ferrari's open-wheel racer. The 312 PB successfully swept the 1972 Championship (Ferrari didn’t race in Le Mans in 1972). It came in second at the 1972 6 Hours of Daytona and 1973 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cars were retired after two wins in 1973.

Ferrari 512 BB/LM

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Per FIA’s Group 5 class rules, the Ferrari 512 BB/LM was based on a production 512 BB with a modified nose and tail from Pininfarina. This 1980 512 BB/LM example was delivered to Ferrari collectors and brothers John and Bill Gelles with the latter racing the car at Daytona, Sebring, Lime Rock, and Watkins Glen through 1985. Gelles came in sixth at Daytona in 1985. Steve Cohen and Enzo De Pasquale were his usual co-drivers.

Ferrari F50 GT

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Based on the production 1995 Ferrari F50, the F50 GT was built for racing in international GT series. Among the modifications are a new front spoiler, fixed roof, and larger rear spoiler. Development chassis 001 was faster than the 333 SP, Ferrari's prototype sports car racer, in testing, but the program was cancelled to focus on Formula 1, making this car one of a kind.

Ferrari 333 SP

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches First built in 1994 for the new IMSA World Sports Car Class in North America, the first Ferrari 333 SP won the first race it entered. Owned by Dr. Gianpiero Moretti, this example saw much success in the 1998 season, winning the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring as well as finishing third in Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ferrari 360 GT

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches American race team SFOW began the 2002 Grand Am Rolex series GT class in a GT-N 360 GT. It was replaced by this Ferrari 360 GT in June, where it first raced in the Six Hours of Watkins Glen. Cort Wagner and Bill Auberlen drove the car to victory at Watkins Glen and the next four races to earn the 2002 Drivers Championship.

Ferrari 458 GT2

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal of Ferrari Challenge fame used this Ferrari 458 GT in the 2012 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series GT class. During the season, the pair had three class wins and eight podium finishes, enough to win the 2012 GT Championship.

Ferrari 340 MM Vignale Spyder

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Semi-professional driver Bill Spear bought this Ferrari 340 MM Vignale Spyder through Luigi Chinetti. After winning multiple races in the 1953-1954 SCCA racing seasons, Spear sold the car to “Ebby” Lunken. Lunken had several podium finishes in the car in late 1954 and early 1955 before retiring the car from racing in late 1955.

Ferrari 340/375 MM

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Originally built with the 4.1-liter engine (340 MM), this Ferrari 340/375 MM Vignale Spyder won the 1953 1000 km at the Nürburgring under the command of Alberto Ascari. The bodywork was modified and the engine enlarged to 4.5 liters (375 MM) after it was sold to the U.S. The car was driven to second place in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana by Phil Hill behind Umberto Maglioli in a Ferrari 375 Plus. This example was also raced by Carroll Shelby in Texas and California.

Ferrari 342 America

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches This Ferrari 342 America has several features that separate it from its contemporaries. In addition to being the last of six cars built, it is the only one built with the larger 375 engine, while Pininfarina designed and built the cabriolet body. Ferrari used the America name to signify the larger engines preferred by U.S. customers.

Ferrari 250 Europa

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches Similar to the larger 375 America, the Ferrari 250 Europa used the smaller 3.0-liter engine in place of the former’s larger 4.5-liter engine. Originally shown at the 1953 Paris Motor Show, this example featured a coup body designed by Alfredo Vignale. It was later sold to the U.S. where it was shown at the New York Auto Show.

Ferrari 340 Mexico

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches After a pair of 212 Inter coupes took the top two spots at the 1951 Carrera Panamericana, the Ferrari 340 Mexico was built for the 1952 race. This example is the first of three 340 Mexico berlinettas featuring Vignale bodywork. The car was sold through Chinetti to Allen Guiberson of Texas and was raced by Luigi Villoresi and Franco Cornacchia in the 1952 Carrera Panamericana. Although the car did not finish, it was raced again the next year by Phil Hill and Richie Ginther, where it repeated its previous defeat.

Ferrari 340 America

Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari Race Through the Decades Sketches With the larger 4.1-liter engine, the Ferrari 340 America was used both for racing and as a street car. This example, chassis 0148, features a berlinetta body from Ghia. Originally owned by a member of Ferrari’s Board of Directors, it was fully restored in 2001 after arriving in the U.S. Since its restoration, it has won several awards at American Concours events.

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