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 Family History
The first Ferrari, the 125 S, at the Maranello factory gates
30s - 40s - Our Origins
Enzo Ferrari in the 1920 Targa Florio in which he finished 2nd overall
Enzo Ferrari in the factory during the assembly of a 12-cylinder engine
March 12 1947: Enzo Ferrari at the wheel of the 125 S during its first road test
The British Grand Prix: this was Ferrari’s first victory in a Formula 1 World Championship race (1951)
Alberto Ascari at the start of the Siracussa GP in 1952 which he ultimately won
                                            Our story officially begins in 1947 when the first car built under the Ferrari marque, the 125 S, drove through the historic factory gates on Via Abetone Inferiore in Maranello. That said, Ferrari’s origins are inextricably linked to its founder’s entire life story. Born in Modena on February 18 1898, Enzo Ferrari passed away on August 14 1988, having devoted his entire life to motor racing. He became an Alfa Romeo works driver in 1924 but just five years later set up the Scuderia Ferrari at Viale Trieste in Modena to allow its mostly gentleman driver members compete.
In 1938, Ferrari was appointed head of Alfa Corse. However, he left in 1939 to start up Auto Avio Costruzioni in the Scuderia’s old headquarters. His new company founded, Enzo Ferrari built a sports car, a spider powered by a 1500cc 8-cylinder engine. He called it the 815 and two were built. The car also took part in the 1940 Mille Miglia. Unfortunately, the outbreak of World War Two brought all motor racing to an abrupt end.
In late 1943, Ferrari moved Auto Avio Costruzioni’s workshops from Modena to Maranello. At the end of the War, he set about designing and building what was to become the first Ferrari, the 125 S, a 1500cc 12-cylinder. Franco Cortese drove the car in its maiden race at the Piacenza Circuit on May 11 1947 and again to its first victory in the Rome Grand Prix at the Terme di Caracalla circuit on the 25th of the same month.

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