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Friday, June 12, 2015

The 7 most bizarre Ferraris all of time

For many years Ferrari has allowed the coachbuilder to create a unique car bodies for their clients, and sometimes the resulting have an ugly and bizzare design.

Here are seven of the most bizzare Ferrari cars all of time, based on the time of manufacture, among others:

1. 1956 Ferrari Superamerica 410 (Ghia)
Ghia has just designed several concept cars for Chrysler, perhaps when designing this car they are drunk. This was unprecedented for a Ferrari design to share so many common elements with American cars of the 1950s such as wrap-around windshield, heavy chrome bumper and grille, heavy chrome panel running along the waistline, and what’s this? Tailfins? On a Ferrari?
1956 Ferrari SuperAmerica 410. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Kk4FEG)
But in my opinion, this car is not too bad. This car is too pretty to use the 'Prancing Horse' logo. Referring to the design, this car is more appropriately referred to as an American car than the Italian car. This car It was the last time Ghia would work with Ferrari and in 1970 the design firm was purchased by Ford.

2. 1965 Ferrari 330GT 'Shooting Brake' (Vignale)
One of the most beautiful Ferrari road cars was styled by an American, and then subsequently ruined by another America. Tom Tjaarda, working for Pininfarina, penned the gorgeous Ferrari 330 GTC.
1965 Ferrari 330GT 'Shooting Brake'. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Ipdgnl)
The design for the 'Shooting Brake' version of the 330 came from the son of the US Ferrari importer with help from designer Bob Peak. The 330 was completely rebodied by Alfredo Vignale and Company in Italy, with only the original car’s windshield and part of its doors remaining. What a waste.

3. 1966 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 'Navarro' (Drogo)
Its “unique” body was commissioned from Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars by Italian night club owner named Norbert Navarro. It began as a regular-production 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, but Navarro wasn’t satisfied with its styling.
1966 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 'Navarro'. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1G65Og9)
Significant changes were made the vehicle’s original design. The front was lengthened and drooped and the rear features odd narrow fins running from the rear of the car to the roof. Thankfully, the car was unchanged mechanically.

4. 1976 Ferrari 308 GT4 Rainbow (Bertone)
The Rainbow was based on the Dino 308 GT4, which Bertone had just designed. Neither the production 308GT4 or the Rainbow were much of a hit and most likely as a result did not design another car for Ferrari until their 2014 bankruptcy.
1976 Ferrari 308 GT4 Rainbow. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1F3N8JR)
It should be noted that Bertone created several classic designs including the Lamborghini Muira and Countach. Maybe Lambo just paid better.

5. 1983 Ferrari 400i Meera S (Michelotti)
Michelotti took the handsome but somewhat bland Ferrari 400i and somehow managed to convert it into what looks like a first generation RX-7 kit car. Built for Prince Saoud of Saudi Arabia and named after his girlfriend.
1983 Ferrari 400i Meera S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Mhtqjv)
The list of features includes some odd items including windshield wipers on all four sides and an in-dash monitor takes the place of the inside rear view mirror.  This was the last Ferrari built by Michelotti. Thankfully.

6. 1993 Ferrari FZ93 (Zagato)
Ferrari FZ93 is designed by Zagato is mounted on the chassis of a Ferrari Testarossa. The FZ93  included  the famous Zagato 'double bubble' roof. It was first shown at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show and featured an awkward two-tone paint scheme and huge black prancing horses on the sides. Later, Zagato would paint the entire body red.
1993 Ferrari FZ93. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1HhwQDh)

7. 2006 Ferrari 575 GTZ (Zagato)
A noted Japanese Ferrari collector requested of Zagato to create a body for his 575M in the style of the famous 1956 250GTZ Berlinetta. Zagato coordinated with Ferrari to commemorate the model’s anniversary with a run of six aluminum-bodied 575 GTZs.
2006 Ferrari 575 GTZ. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1dXlitC)
What buyers got was a car that A) outside of a few details like the two-tone paint and the Zagato signature roof bore no resemblance to the original, B) somehow made the car look more narrow and shorter than it is, and C) was in fact a good deal less attractive than the 575M body that was removed, and D) appears to have the nose off a 1953 Corvette. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GEARHEADS]
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