The 10 Ugliest Ferraris of All Time
The 10 Ferraris Only Father Enzo Could Love
Even ugly Ferraris can have redeeming virtues. For this story, those don't matter. Here we're focused on the ugly.
And there have been some downright ugly Ferraris. So many, in fact, that it was actually difficult to whittle down our list to just these 10.
In the world of automobiles, Ferraris can't merely meet expectations. Expectations are high and every Ferrari has to be an order of magnitude better than the average car. More powerful, better handling, more dynamically satisfying and, of course, better-looking. But sometimes, it doesn't work out that way. Sometimes, even when Ferrari gets all the performance elements right, it produces something that's not pretty at all.
Here are the ugliest street cars to ever wear Enzo's Prancing Horse.
10. 1980 Ferrari Mondial 8: After the heinous, Bertone-designed 308 GT4 2+2, Ferrari went back to Pininfarina to sheath its successor. What it wanted was a midengine four-seater that looked more like a Ferrari. What it got was this 2+2 coupe and cabriolet that looked more like an oddly proportioned shoebox to which some Ferrari parts were attached.
9. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato: It's hard to imagine that Zagato was actually serious when it designed this misbegotten one-off lump of Cavallino dung. Built for Luigi Chinetti, who was importing Ferraris into America at the time, it featured a Targa-like roof, a grille-less nose and the most hideous headlight buckets ever devised.
8. 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series 1: The only series-production Ferrari built with four exposed headlights. So ugly it could have been a Maserati. The "Series II" version of this big four-seater reverted back to two headlights and is still less than pretty.
7. 1973 Ferrari 308 GT4 2+2: The first V8-powered Ferrari was this four-seat midengine mess. Instead of relying on Pininfarina for the styling, Ferrari turned to Bertone for this car. What Bertone's Marcello Gandini — who drew the gorgeous Miura and Countach for Lamborghini — delivered was crisp, featureless sheet metal that only heightened the car's awkward proportions.
6. 1992 Ferrari 456: This is the most boring-looking Ferrari ever. There's too much Jensen Interceptor in this V12-powered four-seat GT's tail, too much Porsche 924 in its nose, and too much blubber in its hips. This is the only Ferrari that looks like it should be in an Avis airport rental fleet.
5. 2012 Ferrari FF: It's not that a Ferrari station wagon is a bad idea, it's that this one seems designed to emphasize its own gargantuan size and then is detailed with clichés and crutches. Do the headlights need to go that far up the front fenders? Do the front fender vents need to be exaggerated that way?
4. 2009 Ferrari California: Great Ferraris rely on authenticity for their beauty. Every element of their design is there to help the car perform better. In contrast, the V8-powered, front-engine California is a riot of arbitrary styling cues from its dopey nose to its thick rump. This is just the sort of thing that killed Pontiac.
3. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4: Mechanically, the four-seat GTC/4 is almost identical to the beloved Daytona. But this car's styling looks like a C3 Corvette that's had its fenders ironed flat. Then, as if to add insult to self-inflicted injury, there's a ridiculous rubber ring running completely around the front grille that makes the car look like an Opel.
2. 2006 Ferrari 575 Zagato GTZ: Based on the chassis and running gear of the 575 M, this two-seat GT is odd-looking from every angle. Designed for Japanese collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi, the aluminum body seems to be at war with itself. The pontoon-style front fenders don't go with the boxy hood. The rear fenders swell up like infectious boils to meet the goofy double-bubble roof, and the tail looks as if it was swiped from a '56 Corvette.
1. 1995 Ferrari F50: Pininfarina supposedly designed this carbon-fiber tub, but it may as well have been Fiberfab. From its indistinct nose, across its flat and uninteresting middle and to its silly rear wing, the F50 looks cheap and cheesy. It's so weird-looking, it's hard to remember there's a 4.7-liter V12 in it tuned to make 513 horsepower. When the F50 was introduced it was only offered as a lease structured around a $477,500 base price — $240,000 down and $5,500 a month for 24 months. Amazingly, 349 people took that deal.