Ferrari [email protected]: 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo Driven Back-To-Back

One poor soul drove this quartet Maranello when he was about to take delivery of his new LaFerrari; another had the chance to get behind the wheels of each and every one of them on the same day. We envy both.

See, when it comes to Ferraris, with the exception of the ultra-rare and outrageously expensive 250 GTO, these are the best of the best. Drive one and you’ll feel intoxicated. Do all four at the same day and you can die a happy man.

It all started with a cancelled racing program, when the FIA canned the Group B cars just as Ferrari was about to enter. Luckily, it didn’t bin the entire program, just turned it into the road car that came to be known as the 288 GTO.

Hailed by all as the best of the best and famously being the last ever built under the Old Man’s supervision, the F40 is probably the single Prancing Horse 99.9 percent of all petrolheads would want to drive if they had to choose just one.

Its successor is not held in such high esteem. It could be the more organic shape, or the fact that it wasn’t as feral as the F40, but a shame nonetheless as the F50, with its F1-derived V12, is a masterpiece in its own right. It’s also the last “special” to sport the chromed gate and lever. The Enzo comes solely with a semi-auto, and yet it still offers an analogue experience and is anything but tame.

So, there you have it: all four of LaFerrari’s ancestors driven. Two red turbocharged V8s, two yellow naturally aspirated V12s and not an electric motor/battery pack anywhere to be found.


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