The story verges on car enthusiast lore, but it’s rooted in the battle of business as much as it is on the track. The film that’s set to release is a look inside what went down as it covers what happened after Ford tried to purchase Ferrari in order to have a racing team. When Ferrari backed out of the deal, Ford decided to build its own racing car, thus resulting in its own racing team.
Petty? Maybe a tad, but still, it makes for some great history. So as we wait for the film to come out, join us as we take a look at some of the historical pieces of both Ford’s storied past as well as Ferrari’s.
Which is the better car? Regardless of who won that fated race, these companies both deserve their positions nestled securely at the top of the automotive industry.
20 FORD OWNS SUV MANUFACTURER, TROLLER
Based out of Brazil, this manufacturer is funded by none other than the Ford Motor Company, and although Ford trucks are built tough by definition, this model here looks even tougher than most Ford SUVs.
Perhaps that was done on purpose, perhaps not, but these would definitely gain favor if mass produced and sold all over as much as, say, the Explorer of F150 is.
19 FERRARI HOLDS THE RECORD OF HAVING THE MOST EXPENSIVE CAR IN HISTORY
It's a 1964 250 GTO and, although Ferrari is known primarily as a luxury sports car, this one certainly comes close to making it a muscle car, especially when considering European standards of design and policies regarding the inner workings and mechanics of this gorgeous machine.
It was in June of 2018 that one of these sold for a whopping $70 million, making it the most expensive car sold.
18 FORD HAS AN 8% TAKE IN ANOTHER POPULAR MANUFACTURER
If you guessed Aston Martin, you would have been oh-so-right dear reader. As it turns out Ford has been spreading its wings as a dominant force in the automotive industry and obviously for quite a number of years now.
This stake could mean an outright take-over in the future, or perhaps they like keeping their claws in another company just because they like having control. Who knows what the future will hold?
17 FERRARI IS NO LONGER OWNED AND OVERSEEN BY ITS CREATOR OR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Despite having been created in Modena, Italy, 80 years ago, this company is no longer owned outright by that same group of individuals.
For years, Italians have been proud of this company, as they should be (and always should be), but now the name of Ferrari has a sort of Dutch twinge to it as well, as the company is now owned (an incredible 90% ownership) by Ferrari NV, a company out of the Netherlands. Although a mere 10% is still owned by Piero Ferrari.
16 5,532 MILLION VEHICLES PRODUCED IN A SINGLE YEAR
It's rather safe to assume that Ferrari cannot claim anywhere close to this, and there's very good reason for that, such as the utter affordability of most Ford vehicles as opposed to the price tag on one of the former. It's what we call a no-brainer of course, but still, 5,532 million cars and trucks adds up to a lot of manpower, as well as a lot of money.
15 TOOK 8 LONG YEARS FOR FERRARI TO GET THEIR FIRST VEHICLE OUT
Despite the fact that there was a car built in 1940 by Ferrari, the company isn't recognized officially as a car manufacturer until just about seven years later. 1947 was the first car produced to feature the now famous emblem that always sits at the front of the car, or these days, on the side. The discrepancies are rather unclear, but eight years sure is a long time.
14 FORD FACED BANKRUPTCY
And a lot more recently than you may have thought. It was in the financial crisis that North America endured at the turn of the century that Ford actually faced the ultimate in financial peril.
Many of the original Detroit Companies faced such an end, the new Century bringing the end of Pontiac, a vehicular heavyweight from the past, if ever there was one.
13 THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED FERRARI DINO (1966-1980)
When looking at Ferrari in terms of sales and number of vehicles sold, it's no doubt that they pale in comparison to a company like Ford, even Pontiac at the turn of the century. But they do reach some pretty high numbers regardless.
Take the Ferrari Dino, for example. It actually sold a 10,089 units since its inception back in 1966, and overall, that's pretty decent, making it one of Ferrari's top sellers.
12 FORD ROSE FROM THE ASHES LIKE THE PHOENIX OF OLD
With new designs and a corporate plan that would lead them quite nicely out of financial ruin, Ford came out of the problems they faced due to the financial tumult that rocked the world early on this century. Making some models a little more affordable and, of course, redesigning the Mustang of old, returning it to its classier roots helped as well.
11 THE DINO WAS OVERLOOKED FOR A REASON
If you ask us, these reasons are unfounded, as now, all these years later, this car matches many of what Ferrari offered back then. This 1974 model pictured here shows that in gorgeous detail.
The car was unofficially manufactured by Ferrari and the company was always afraid of putting their name on this one, but it did sit in their stable, so to speak, even though they always hid it in the back.
10 LEE IACOCCA MOVED AWAY FROM FORD AFTER REVOLUTIONIZING THE COMPANY
He got his start at Ford, and by no means in a small way. He was part of the development of the Mustang, which really needs no introduction among car enthusiasts, and of course the Pinto, which has its place in vehicular history as well.
He worked for Ford in the sixties and moved to Chrysler in the seventies and eighties, taking the position of chairman and CEO. He's responsible for the revival of the company.
9 AT FIRST, ENZO FERRARI WAS NOT INTERESTED IN CREATING A ROAD CAR
Strange but oh-so-true! At first, when he formed his company in 1929, Scuderia Ferrari wanted to concentrate solely on creating racing cars for the professional and amateur track.
Over the years, however, his styles developed into what we now appreciate from these cars. But before long, his engineering know-how made him useful in so many ways. He only built cars for the road to support his dream of building race cars, but it was the road cars that ultimately took off considerably.
Keep reading to find out more on his early roots.
8 FORD, A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY
With cars like this bad boy pictured here leading the pack, there is no doubt why Ford is clearly a Fortune 500 company. They back up the history that bred them and as we showed you, they rose from the ashes when times got tough.
They are actually ranked 11th, which is amazing at that. They brought in a whopping $156.7 billion in 2017.
7 AT FIRST FERRARI WAS ONLY CONSIDERED THE RACING DIVISION OF ALFA ROMEO
Not too many people know this, but at first, Enzo and his newfound company would purchase and use Alfa Romeo cars, then race them and act as a fielding squad for the Alfa Romeo racing team.
In 1933, Alfa Romeo pulled out of the racing division and Ferarri Scuderia took over operations and became the official working race team, but of course, this wouldn't last long.
6 OVER 200,000 EMPLOYEES AND OVER 90 PLANTS THE WORLD OVER
The numbers certainly don't lie, and these numbers are quite staggering enough. Can you say, Mega Conglomerate Company? We sure can, and abbreviated, we could probably just say F-O-R-D, because the company and its successes speak volumes of what they've done and brought forth.
But aside from the product, they've helped the economy by creating so many jobs, and that's not considering the salesmen, mechanics and customer service representatives that work for Ford ... this number is based on plant employees!
5 ENZO FERRARI BUILT TOOLS AND AIRPLANE PARTS
Alfa Romeo took back their racing division in 1938 and ultimately, Scuderria Ferrari was to be no more. Enzo left Alfa Romeo altogether and worked on a new company where he built tools and airplane parts. But it wouldn't be long until he built his first car and well, the rest is sort of history, wouldn't you say? The company went on to become a public organization in 1960.
4 HENRY FORD'S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS (PART 1)
He first worked at the Edison Illuminating Company out of Detroit, and although he liked his time there, he was certainly destined for more. While he was there, he performed some experiments of his own, the experiments dealing with gasoline engines. It was in 1896 that all his work came to pay off, as he completed the first self-propelled machine, which he called the Quadricycle.
3 THE FIRST FERRARI RACE CAR - TIPO 815
The phrase "they don't make them like that anymore" certainly comes to mind when we take a look at this epic vehicle. Sleek, stylish and powerful, Ferrari broke the mold when he created this beautiful monster – or beauty. However, despite how beautiful this model was, when it entered the 1940 Brescia Grand Prix in Italy, it did not meet expectations.
2 HENRY FORD'S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS (PART 2)
He made a second vehicle in 1898 and The Edison company accepted the machine. The following year. Henry Ford started his first company: The Detroit Automobile Company. The cars produced were too cheap for him, and he felt the funding for better vehicles really wasn't there, so with a new investor in tow, he launched the Henry Ford Motor Company in 1901. The rest is, of course, history, dear readers.
1 THE ULTIMATE BATTLE
Spoiler alert! As we stated in the introduction to this piece, the film that will soon be released that will center on this topic is no doubt an excellent film and will be beautifully acted. With the likes of Christian Bale and Matt Damon, there was no doubt.
But the story goes beyond the end result of one single race, in which Ferrari won the battle of all battles. If the film sticks to true history, the race went down in 1966 and Ford only lost by a mere 10 Seconds. But the film takes the viewer much deeper than the loss and win and it's worth watching.
Sources: Quora.com, Wikipedia.org, PopularMechanics