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Manufacturers of some of the most legendary mobiles to be produced in human history, the first Ferrari car was produced all the way back in 1940 and it wasn’t anything close to the amazing Italian sports car that we recognize Ferrari vehicles as today.

The entire company was founded by Enzo Ferrari all the way back in 1939, and it took an entire year for he and his team to start working on the engineering and fabrication of the very first Ferrari car to be built.

World War II put a real damper on production of Ferrari vehicles (for obvious reasons), and production paused almost completely during the war so that resources that were used in the manufacturing of these vehicles could be used towards the Italian war effort.

At the conclusion of World War II, however, Enzo Ferrari reassembled his team and began creating the kinds of supercars that would soon become famous. In 1947, the very first Ferrari car with the now iconic prancing horse emblem was released to the general public, and from there things really started to take off.

By 1960 Ferrari was a public corporation manufacturing absolutely incredible precision build automobiles as well as some of the fastest cars that ever rolled off of and assembly line. Enzo Ferrari continued to lead the company even after it had gone public, and the man had a tremendous amount of influence in the production and design of every single vehicle the company produced all the way up to his death in 1988.

His sons, and later their sons, would become major parts of the company and would continue carrying on Enzo’s legacy. The Ferrari F 40 – the very last car that Enzo had worked on – has gone on to become one of the most famous supercars ever produced, and today fetches more than $1 million at auction

Ferrari car teams have always been involved in auto racing, with the very first vehicle that Enzo and his team created all the way back in 1940 being designed specifically to compete at the highest possible levels. Ferrari supercars have competed at all levels of Formula racing, and today these vehicles are true status symbols of those that want to lead the kind of lifestyle that these Italian pieces of automotive engineering have really come to embody.

Regularly fetching more than $250,000 brand-new – and sometimes a lot more than that – there’s a pretty significant collector’s market for vintage Ferrari car options and memorabilia, and many estimate all of these vehicles produced – and the company – to be worth billions and billions of dollars.