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October 11, 1928 – Alfonso de Portago is born
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October 11, 1928 – Alfonso de Portago is born

Alfonso Antonio Vicente Eduardo Angel Blas Francisco de Borja Cabeza de Vaca y Leighton, Marquis of Portago, better known as Alfonso de Portago, was a Ferrari race car driver, Olympic bobsledder and stunt pilot from Spain, who was born on this day in 1928. Although a storied race car driver, one of his first transportation feats wasn’t by land but by air, when the millionaire heir flew his plane beneath a bridge at age 17, winning a $500 bet.  Above: Alfonso racing at the 1957 Cuban Grand Prix in Havana. Top: Alfonso and co-driver Edmund Nelson at the 1957 Mille Miglia. They'd die later that day. After meeting a Ferrari importer in 1953, Alfonso began a successful racing career. He took first at many prestigious events. Notable wins include the Tour de France automobile race...
August 25, 2018 – 1962 Ferrari becomes most expensive car ever sold at auction
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August 25, 2018 – 1962 Ferrari becomes most expensive car ever sold at auction

Monterey Car Week is host to a stream of automotive events that leave enthusiasts drooling every year. It's a week of shows, cruises and auctions that are capped off by the historic Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. With many of the week's activities geared toward the uber wealthy, it's no surprise that the shows and auctions attract the most prestigious automobiles to ever caress the pavement. It was on this day in 2018 that five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell drove a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis no. 3413 GT, up onto the block at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction. The applause from the crowd turned to sharp gasps when the auctioneer opened bidding at $35 million. The 1962 Ferrari on the auction block before selling for $48 million, via Hagerty. Top image via RM Sotheby's For nearl...
July 28, 1924 – Ferrari racer Luigi Musso is born – with him, a deadly rivalry
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July 28, 1924 – Ferrari racer Luigi Musso is born – with him, a deadly rivalry

Musso in his Ferrari c.1958 Italian race car driver and Ferrari team member Luigi Musso was born on this day in 1924 in Rome, Italy. He entered several smaller races in the early 1950s, driving open top sports cars, before making his Formula One debut in January of 1954 driving a Maserati. At the end of the 1955, he moved to Ferrari where a fierce rivalry with teammates Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins blossomed. All three men would die due to auto accidents before the decade was over, all within one year of each other.  Musso Musso was fatally injured in an accident during the 1958 French Grand Prix at Reims, France when his Ferrari somersaulted off course during the 10th lap of the 50 lap race while chasing Mike Hawthorn.  Musso's Ferrari went into a ditch and flipped, resulting...
July 21, 1987 – The Ferrari F40 debuts
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July 21, 1987 – The Ferrari F40 debuts

When the Ferrari F40 made its public debut on this day in 1987, 89 year old Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari offered an impassioned speech. He proclaimed, "A little more than a year ago, I expressed my wish to the engineers. Build a car to be the best in the world. And now the car is here."  The F40, built to commemorate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, was the last Ferrari approved for production by Enzo himself. It had no radio, no electric windows or power seats, and certainly no cup holder. What the no frills Ferrari did have was sleek lines and a whole lot of speed. Topping out at an unofficial 201 mph (321 km/h), it was the first production car to break the 200 mph mark. Between 1987 and 1992, when production of non-racing models was halted, approximately 1,315 Ferrari F40s left ...
June 23, 2007 – Ferrari world tour comes to an end
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June 23, 2007 – Ferrari world tour comes to an end

To celebrate its 60th anniversary Ferrari conducted a global relay that lasted nearly five months and passed through more than 50 countries before coming to an end on this day in 2007 at Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy. The event began in January of that year in Abu Dhabi before traveling through Saudi Arabia, China, Australia, Mexico, United States, Canada, Russia and tens more nations. Thousands of Ferrari owners and their cars took part in the relay, each carrying a baton featuring 60 badges that represented important milestones in Ferrari’s history.
June 11, 1986 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off premiers, Ferrari steals the show
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June 11, 1986 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off premiers, Ferrari steals the show

The American cult classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off premiered on this day in 1986, featuring a 1961 Ferrari in a starring role. Written and directed by John Hughes, the comedy follows high school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) as he pretends to be sick to get out of going to school. He uses his time to hangout in downtown Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck). The stakes of playing hooky are raised immensely when Ferris convinces Cameron to “borrow” his father’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California to cruise the city. The teenage joy ride ends when… well, if you haven’t seen it, this article won’t spoil it. While the film featured three replicas, tight shots of the car were of a real California, of which only 100 we...
April 3, 1966 – Battista “Pinin” Farina, founder of  Pininfarina, dies
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April 3, 1966 – Battista “Pinin” Farina, founder of Pininfarina, dies

Born in 1893, as the the tenth of eleven children, Battista Farina earned the nickname "Pinin," which translates from Italian to the "youngest" or "smallest" (brother). As he aged, the name stuck, in part thanks to his rather short stature. Pinin, however, would prove that the sky is the limit, regardless of your measurements. Starting at age 12, he began working at one of his brother Giovanni's Stabilimenti Farina body shop, where his love for automobiles evolved. He spent decades at the company, learning the ins and outs of coachbuilding from his big brother. Farina left his brother's company to found Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1930. He desired to design and construct new car bodies and quickly earned a positive reputation for doing so. The 1931 Lancia Dilambda became one of the com...
January 23, 1980 – Automotive designer Giovanni Michelotti dies
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January 23, 1980 – Automotive designer Giovanni Michelotti dies

Giovanni Michelotti, a most accomplished automotive designer, passed away on this day in 1980. Born in Turin, Italy in 1921, Giovanni would eventually make incredible contributions to the European sports car market. His career began at coachbuilders such as Stabilimenti Farina, Vignale and Carrozzeria Allemano. In 1959 he opened his own design house. This allowed him ultimate freedom of expression while working with brands such as Ferrari, Maserati, and Triumph.  Above: 971 Triumph GT6. By Riley, cc2.0. Top: Cover: Michelotti at right, with Enrico Nardi and the 1960 Plymouth Silver Ray. A one off car built in 1960 on a Nardi chassis that Michelotti designed and had power from a Plymouth Golden Commando V8. Throughout his career he brought an astounding portfolio of cars to the road....
November 20, 2011 – Famed Ferrari designer Sergio Scaglietti dies
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November 20, 2011 – Famed Ferrari designer Sergio Scaglietti dies

Sergio Scaglietti opened Carrozzeria Scaglietti, an auto repair and body shop, in 1951 in the small town of Maranello, Italy. It just so happened to sit across the street from another young business, Ferrari. Scaglietti and Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the sports car company, had an existing relationship prior to Scaglietti opening his shop. Though the ease of access made the new facility Enzo’s first choice for body repairs for his race cars. Soon, Enzo would be asking Sergio for full bodies, and Sergio delivered on a grand scale. Ferrari 410 Spider, designed by Scaglietti By the mid-1950s Scaglietti was a primary body designer and fabricator for Ferrari race cars. He would go on to design and build some of the company’s most elegant and successful designs. This includes the 1953 1...
November 20, 2011 – Famed Ferrari designer dies
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November 20, 2011 – Famed Ferrari designer dies

Sergio Scaglietti opened Carrozzeria Scaglietti, an auto repair and body shop, in 1951 in the small town of Maranello, Italy. It just so happened to sit across the street from another young business, Ferrari. Scaglietti and Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the sports car company, had an existing relationship prior to the opening of the body shop, but the ease of access made the facility Enzo’s first choice for body repairs to his race cars. Soon, Enzo would be asking Sergio for full bodies, and Sergio would deliver on a grand scale. 1955 Ferrari 410 Spider, coachwork by Scaglietti By the mid-1950s Scaglietti was Enzo’s top choice for body design and fabrication for their race cars. He would go on to design and build some of the company’s most elegant and successful designs. This include...