Ferrari 70th Anniversary: Seven of the world's worst Ferraris
Ferrari's recent work is extraordinary, and the brand's back catalogue is loaded with desirable classics.
Like any car maker, there have been a few duds along the way.
As Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary, here are what we believe to be seven of the world's worst Ferraris:
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1975 Ferrari 208 Dino GT4
Supercars should be fast, sexy and carefree. European tax structures are decidedly un-sexy, and it's those that we must thank for one of Ferrari's rare mis-steps. A smaller brother to the 308 GT4, the 208 GT4 was designed to take advantage of Italian tax laws penalising cars powered by cars with engines in excess of 2.0 litres.
The result was the world's smallest-ever production V8, a 1991cc unit that produced 125kW of power - 10kW less than today's four-cylinder Camry. While Ferrari doesn't offer a 0-100km/h time for the model, it does guarantee that it will get there before claiming a top speed of more than 220km/h.
1980 Ferrari Mondial
It says something that the cheapest second-hand Ferrari on sale around is usually a Mondial. While some Ferraris hold their value and others have increased dramatically, the unloved Mondial remains one of the cheapest ways into Ferrari ownership.
That might be because even Ferrari describes the Mondial's performance as "somewhat leisurely", owing to a larger, long wheelbase body that was significantly heavier than its predecessor (the 308 GT4). It didn't help that the Mondial's 3.0-litre V8 offered early fuel injection that limited power to a rather uninspiring 157kW, which resulted in performance well short of a modern hot hatch.
1979 Ferrari 400i
Increasingly strict vehicle emissions laws had a calming effect on Ferrari's plush, four-seat 400i coupe. Like the Mondial, the 400i was hobbled by a basic mechanical fuel injection system that restricted its 4.8-litre V12 to a claimed 228kW at 6500rpm.
It didn't help that the car was equipped with a three-speed automatic transmission that resulted in a 0-400 metre acceleration time of 15.8 seconds, a feat you could match in a modern Mazda3.
1956 410 Superamerica Ghia
Ferrari isn't to blame for one of the most aesthetically challenged cars in its history, the 410 Superamerica Ghia. As with other boutique brands at the time, early cars often used a Ferrari engine, chassis and running gear in combination with bodywork wrought by the likes of Scaglietti, Pininfarina, Zagato and more.
Ferrari's Formula 1 campaign did not go to plan in 1969. Working on a new model in the background, the team persisted with an ageing, V12-powered 312 open-wheeler that offered shocking reliability. With Le Mans-winning Kiwi Chris Amon at the wheel, the hideously unreliable 312 failed to finish the last five races in 1968. Polished up for the new season, the machine scored another trio of DNFs at the first three races in 1969 before Amon fought to a podium finish at the Dutch grand prix.