Some sports car manufacturers have a history as rich, or a fan-base and passionate, like a Ferrari. It is therefore hardly surprising that events to mark the brand’s 70th anniversary have been held across the world.
But Ferrari at the house â€“ both physical and spiritual â€“ remains at Maranello. It is in the Italian city that Enzo Ferrari, already an established manufacturer of racing cars, founded his law firm in his name in 1947. It was therefore logical that in Maranello, where was this a year of celebrations would be the apotheosis, with an event featuring an incredible gathering of cars spanning seven decades. And not all of them were red.
The celebration consist of several events, starting with a Sotherby’s auction in the Ferrari of the machinery and paraphernalia Saturday afternoon. The reverence Ferrari is held has been reflected in the sale price. In 1994, a Ferrari 333SP sports prototype sold for Â£2,346,000. The flame of a candle, covered in dust 1969 GT/B) Berlinetta Daytona Alloy â€“ lost for 40 years in a hay loft in Japan â€“ sold for Â£1,472,000. A 250 GT LWB California Spider, 1959, fetched Â£6,440,000.
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The auction concluded with the sale of a special LaFerrari Aperta, which will be the 210th and final machine production line originally intended for the end, after 209 cars. “Extra” Aperta is finished in a unique Rosso Fucco delivered with a Bianco Italia racing stripe. Ferrari has the gift of the car and Sothebys cancellation, all proceeds from the auction went to Save the Children. With the Ferrari president, Sergio Marchionne at the point for cell phones to help drive up the bidding, it sold for Â£7,636,000.
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After an evening of Ferrari clients â€“ and also broadcast on Italian television â€“ Sunday event focused on a special Ferrari-only Concours d’elegance.
The cars bearing the logo Prancing Horse have been brought in from all over the world â€“ many arriving within the framework of a series of rallies and shows around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track.
The assembly of the cars took two of the road and the race track, and covered every era of Ferrari history, from a replica of the 1947 125 S to the new Portofino, ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show.
But the honor was more than what was happening in the circuit of Fiorano. Outside the gates, the streets of Maranello have been packed with tifosi adores, all the girls who flocked to admire a non-stop parade of exqusite Ferraris â€“ both those who were on their way to the Contest, and those made by fans who wanted to be near the event.
It was a mixture of passion and respect that borders on fanaticism, and a reminder that Ferrari is as much about those who can only dream of owning one, as it is one of those people who can spend unimaginable amounts of money on them.
Scroll through our gallery above to check out some of the best images we’ve seen during the celebration.
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