The vast majority of mass market Ferrari’s received some sort of consultancy from Turin design house Pininfarina together with manufacturing expertise from Carrozzeria Scaglietti, sometimes even by Pininfarina. Salon Prive 2015 has a selection of some of the greatest Ferrari’s (and Dino’s) of all time on display as part of the Pininfarina & The Prancing Horse class.
The Ferrari 365 GTS is one of the rarest Ferrari’s in existence. Just 20 were built during a single year. Pininfarina’s design gives it a classic front-engine convertible Ferrari look. Ferrari’s 4.4 litre V12 engine with 330 hp gives it fantastic performance to match.
The Ferrari 365 GTS bodies were built at the Pininfarina works in Turin, then delivered fully trimmed to Ferrari at the factory so that the mechanical components could be fitted. Interestingly, all were left hand drive and numbered in the odd chassis number road car sequence!
The 365 GTS’s Coupe predecessor was the Ferrari 330 GTC. The GTC was a more mainstream car with 598 examples leaving the factory during the course of a two year production run. Having followed the 275, these particular cars were said to be more refined. The 330 GTC was actually constructed by Pininfarina at its Grugliasco factory.
The Ferrari 330 GTC featured a classic oval eggcrate grill and pronounced front fenders from the 500 Superfast, the car it effectively replaced. The 330 GTC was one of the first Ferrari models fitted with a boot lid badge identifying its model number. Stricter safety and emissions regulations in the United States cut the GTC’s production run shorter than had been anticipated.
Back in the late 1960’s, Ferrari made a move further down the market with the Dino 206 GT. It featured a smaller mid-mounted 2.0 V6 engine. The bodywork was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. It was sold as a Dino rather than a Ferrari so as to avoid devaluing the Ferrari brand. Just 152 examples were built.
The Ferrari 365 GTS 4 Daytona Spider is one of the most desirable convertible Ferrari’s. Based upon the legendary Daytona coupe, Ferrari commissioned 122 factory made spiders, though over the years, many more began to appear through third parties. It shares a 4.4 litre V12 with the Coupe version. Interestingly, a Daytona Spider formed part of last year’s Salon Prive Auctions. New Top Gear host Chris Evans made headlines with the £2.277 million winning bid!
The Ferrari 365 GT4 BB replaced the Daytona in dramatic fashion. It used a mid-mounted flat-12 engine, replacing the FR layout of the classic GT car. It was designed to rival Lamborghini who had two mid-engined cars in the market around that time. Pininfarina originally developed the P6 show car before debuting the final design at the Turin Auto Show in 1971. Just 387 were produced during a three year production run. It was eventually replaced by the BB 512!
Following the success of the 206 GT, Ferrari revisited the platform in 1969 for the Dino 246 GT. 2,295 were eventually produced with 3.4 litre V6 engines producing 195 hp with 1,080 kg of weight. It later shared this engine with the legendary Lancia Stratos, another Pininfarina design!
The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso is one of our favourite Ferrari’s. Just 351 were produced upon the 250-series chassis. They were intended as grand tourers and therefore featured a perfectly proportioned Pininfarina design which was bodied by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. The engine was a 3.0 litre V12 unit producing 240 hp.
Of course, take a walk around Salon Prive 2015 and you will see a high proportion of Pininfarina’s other design work. The relationship between Ferrari and Pininfarina ranges from the Ferrari 250 series all the way to the modern Ferrari California T. It is difficult to imagine one without the other.