Automotive legend Enzo Ferrari began his legacy under the brand name Auto Avio Costruzioni in 1940. Seven years later, the Ferrari brand debuted with the 125S with a 1.5-liter V12 engine.
The exotic Italian supercar with its famous black prancing horse, yellow background and Italian flag logo forever changed the automotive industry.
Bill Finkbeiner, a landscape contractor and car collector in Auburn, California, has owned a Ferrari for nearly 40 years. He’s our guest on Episode 4 of The Weekly Driver podcast.
Finkbeiner purchased a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2×2 on Feb. 18, 1979, Enzo Ferrari’s 80th birthday. It was the first mass-produced four-seat Ferrari.
The Weekly Driver Podcast co-hosts Bruce Aldrich (tahoetruckeeoutdoor.com) and James Raia (theweeklydriver.com) talk with Bill about his ownership of his rare and underappreciated sports car. We also discuss with Bill his knowledge of the iconic brand and its vast global appeal.
Enduring through ownership changes, enormous success in Formula One racing and unmatched status at vintage car auctions, Ferrari is considered the most influential carmaker. It’s involved in nearly every avenue of high-end racing and exotic consumer cars.
Ferrari brand merchandise is a world phenomenon. Retail Ferrari stores are located 29 countries, Azerbaijan to Ukraine and Kuwait to three locations in the United States — Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
Ferrari currently manufacturers about a dozen vehicles, including the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T and other legendary models. While sales haven’t increased every year since 2000, the brand’s overall popularity has impressively improved. Ferrari sold 4,070 units in 2000 and 7,664 in 2015.
Ferrari celebrated its 70th anniversary in August with the renowned brand featured in many events through the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Auto Week.
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Article Last Updated: December 27, 2017.
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A sports, travel and business journalist for more than 45 years, James has written the new car review column The Weekly Driver since 2004.
In addition to this site, James writes a Sunday automotive column for The San Jose Mercury and East Bay Times in Walnut Creek, Calif., and a monthly auto review column for Gulfshore Business, a magazine in Southwest Florida.
An author and contributor to many newspapers, magazines and online publications, James has co-hosted The Weekly Driver Podcast since 2017.