This would be the one

From Maranello’s il­lus­tri­ous lin­eage of ve­hi­cles, which would each mem­ber of the CAR team pick for their fan­tasy garage?

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The last Fer­rari in the clean, an­gu­lar mould, the F355 ush­ered the brand to­wards the turn of the cen­tury and the gaudier fare that fol­lowed. It not only trans­formed the Ital­ian su­per­car into a town-friendly trans­port, but the F1-badged model also had the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the rst Fer­rari with pad­dle shifters. Launched af­ter the orig­i­nal Tes­tarossa but be­fore the F512 M swan­song, the 512 TR was es­sen­tially an up­date of what was to be­come an icon. Nat­u­rally, Maranello ex­tracted more grunt from the 4,9-litre at-12 (and added a re­vised ve-speed man­ual), but thank­fully those sig­na­ture side strakes re­mained rmly in place. The ro­man­tics can keep their GTOS and F40s; my favourite is a Fer­rari you can ac­tu­ally drive every day. I spent a glo­ri­ous day be­hind the wheel of a Spi­der on the tight, un­du­lat­ing roads dis­sect­ing Italy’s Um­brian coun­try­side. The 488 was fe­ro­ciously quick and in­tox­i­cat­ing, but also ap­proach­able and for­giv­ing. To an F1 fan and a Schumacher sup­porter, there can be no more signi cant racing Fer­rari than the F2004. It was the car in which the mae­stro claimed his sev­enth ti­tle, tak­ing 13 wins out of 18. What could be more ap­peal­ing than a 3,0-litre V10 that revs to 19 000 r/min and pro­duces 700 kw? One of the most beau­ti­ful, el­e­gant and sleek cars ever de­signed. A huge im­prove­ment over Enzo’s early mod­els, the 166 MM put his work on the map with sev­eral racing vic­to­ries. And, it had a top speed of more than 200 km/h... The iconic 250 GTO tops my list of great­est Fer­raris. As the name Gran Tourismo Omologato sug­gests, only 39 V12pow­ered GTOS were ever built for the pur­pose of ho­molo­gat­ing Fer­rari’s 1960s GT racing car. Given the choice, I’d opt for one of the colours other than Rosso. The Tes­tarossa was Fer­rari’s farewell to its at-12 engine and there’s some­thing spe­cial in be­ing the last of its kind. Ac­com­pa­nied by its strik­ing Pin­in­fa­rina de­sign, it’s no sur­prise that the Tes­tarossa was of­ten used in pop cul­ture, the Miami Vice tele­vi­sion se­ries and Out­run ar­cade game be­ing just two. The ev­ery­day su­per­car of the 1950s, this fully roadle­gal 3,0-litre V12 won many a hill­climb and sprint race. My favourites are the Se­ries III Tour de France mod­els (es­pe­cially the ones with the two-tone paint­work) that had cov­ered, plexi-glass head­lamps and sub­tle rear ns. Only 18 were made. As a child, this was the car adorn­ing the posters on my bed­room walls and I never thought I would get to drive my hero Fer­rari. This all changed last year as part of a bucket-list drive for the May 2016 is­sue. It is as spe­cial and fe­ro­cious as I had imag­ined. I love both the older clas­sics and the mod­ern Fer­rari machin­ery, but I have a soft spot for the 456. Al­though un­der­stated, it has curvy lines that re­mind me of Za­gato’s de­signs plus a clas­sic lay­out, seat­ing four be­hind a V12 up front.

512 TR Ryan Bubear web ed­i­tor

Tes­tarossa Nikesh Koover­jee jour­nal­ist

250 GT Steve Smith ed­i­tor

456 M GT Peter Palm road-test en­gi­neer

488 Spi­der Ter­ence Steenkamp deputy ed­i­tor

F355 Gareth Dean as­so­ci­ate ed­i­tor

166 MM Wil­helm Lut­je­harms fea­tures writer

250 GTO Ian Mclaren se­nior as­so­ci­ate ed­i­tor

F40 Ni­col Louw tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor

F2004 Sud­hir Matai as­so­ci­ate ed­i­tor

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