Enzo’s Nameless Ferraries
Now we know for sure that the first Ferrari
was not called Ferrari
. It was called just "815"
: "‘8" – the number of the cylinders and "15" - the 1,5 litres engine capacity.
Because in 1939 he had signed a contract with his former employer Alfa Romeo, Enzo Ferrari
could not use his own name on a car for four years.
His first independently manufactured two competition models designed for the 1940 Mille Miglia were called "815". The first car with the name Ferrari
appeared seven years later. Ferrari 125
made its debut on May 11, 1947. This time "‘125" indicated each cylinder capacity of the 1,5 liter V-12 engine, invented by Gioaccino Colombo