On the 2nd of March 2017 – just one day before the opening of the 40th Antwerp Classic Salon – it will be exactly 70 years ago that Enzo Ferrari produced his first real Ferrari “the Ferrari 125S”.
A good reason to put the spotlights on this iconic Italian brand at our show stand.
Enzo Ferrari started as a racing driver in 1919 and became a promising racer in the twenties. In 1929 he founded the Scuderia Ferrari as a sister team of the Alfa Corse Team where he was test driver and team manager for a period of 9 years. He kept on racing until his son Alfredo (Dino) Ferrari was born in 1932. In 1933 Alf Corse was placed under Scuderia Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari himself started with the production of Alfa as Alfa Romeo stopped with the racing team because they couldn’t compete with the supremacy of Mercedes-Benz and Auto-Union.
Until 1939, Enzo Ferrari stayed active at Alfa Romeo. He made a deal with them that he would not use the name Ferrari during the following 4 years as a race team or racing car. That is the reason why the new company of Enzo got the name Auto Avio Constuzione. In 1940, this company delivered the first Ferrari: the Auto Avio Constuzioni 815. During World War II, the company moved from Modena to Maranello and the production of racing cars came to a complete stop.
After the war, Enzo produced the first car that had his name: the Ferrari 125 S.
Racing started again a short while after this, with victories in 1949 during the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. In 1951 – a year after the foundation of Formula 1 – Ferrari obtained his first victory in this competition, becoming champion with Alberto Ascari in 1952. Ferrari is the only team that has participated in all races of the Formula 1 Grand Prix since the foundation in 1950.
In 1943 the first production Ferrari was born: the Ferrari 166 Inter.
A lot of iconic models would follow.