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Ferrari’s 70 icons: 1954-1957

By Scott Newman/ Chris Thompson, 17 Mar 2017 Features

Ferrari’s 70 icons: 1954-1957 cover

Special liveries revealed to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th birthday

Ferrari turns the ripe old age of 70 this year.

To celebrate the occasion, the most famous of all car makers has released 70 liveries which will be applied just once to each model in the current range: California T, 488 GTB and Spider, GTC4 Lusso and F12 Berlinetta.

There are no mechanical modifications, with each car identified by its unique paintwork, 70th Anniversary logo and ID plate with the name of the model that inspired it. Nonetheless, in the current collector car market, no doubt Ferrari aficionados will be clambering over one another in an effort to secure these models.

Read more about 10 liveries inspired bythe Ferrari models from 1947-1953.

Below you’ll find the 10 liveries inspired by Ferrari models from 1954-1957. Let us know your favourite in the comments below.

11. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pininfarina Spider

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial PininfarinaThe 500 Mondial was first built by Scaglietti, based on one of Dino Ferrari’s designs. Pininfarina built about 15 more, which were the models available for sale to the public. The pictured example, with number 235 plastered up the side, was raced once by Porfirio Rubirosa to mild success, placing second in its category.

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12. 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Pininfarina Berlinetta 

1954 375 MM Pininfarina BerlinettaThis livery draws inspiration from a one-off 375 MM which was commissioned by Italian film director Roberto Rossellini for Casablanca actress Ingrid Bergman.

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13. 1954 Ferrari 375 America

1954 Ferrari 375 AmericaSuccessor to the 342 America, the 1150kg (dry) 375 was able to hit 250km/h thanks to 4.5 litres of V12, which pumped out 221kW. This 375 America belonged to Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli.

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14. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Pinninfarina Coupe

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina CoupeThe 250 GT Coupe was Ferrari’s first crack at creating a model which had a standard across the range. Its 3.0-litre V12 was capable of bringing it up to 230km/h – an impressive feat six decades ago.

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15. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Scaglietti

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta ScagliettiThe first of a series which continues to this day, the Berlinetta was built by Scaglietti. The 250 GT which inspired this livery made famous the ‘TdF’ nickname. Unlike its Pininfarina cousin, the Berlinetta was capable of 252km/h.

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16. 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica

1956 Ferrari 410 SuperamericaThis livery isn’t as odd as the name of the car it’s drawn from – the Superamerica. Its chassis and engine were developments of the car it borrowed its name from, the 375 America. Bored out to become a 5.0-litre beast, the 250 kW V12 propelled the Superamerica to 262km/h.

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17. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupe

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano CoupeCoach-builder Mario Boano put this particular 250 GT Coupe together, as its name suggests. The livery’s colour, Grigio Ferro Met, is straight out of the ’50s.

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18. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM

1956 Ferrari 290 MMThe 1956 Mille Miglia race saw four Ferraris finish at the front, with Juan Manuel Fangio just missing out on a podium spot. This livery is based on the legendary 235kW 290 MM he drove in that race, despite the lack of trophy.

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19. 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Pininfarina Coupe

1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Pininfarina CoupeThe “Shah Car”, a special edition 410 Superamerica originally bought by Mohammad Shah Reza Pahlavi of Iran as a gift for Princess Soraya, features a silver and dark red paint scheme now tributed by a more modern livery.

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20. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa 250A total of 10 World Sports Car Championships were won by this car and its siblings, which is no surprise when you consider that its 221kW 3.0-litre V12 only had to move a dry weight of 800kg, making it good for 270km/h.

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View more 70th Anniversary limited edition liveries inspired by past Ferrari models.