With the release of a new four-seat Ferrari earlier this week, now seems as good a time as any to revisit the history of Ferrari's 2+2s. These cars never receive the same love as their two-seat counterparts, but that doesn't make them any less special. Enzo Ferrari himself is well known for preferring these four-seat Gran Turismos over Ferrari's sports cars.
These cars might not be the most beautiful Ferraris of all time, but they are among the more interesting. Their appeal is undeniable too: Who wouldn't want a proper Ferrari that can take your kids to school?
While a handful of one-offs wore the Ferrari badge before this car debuted in 1960, the 250 GT/E was the first production Ferrari 2+2. the same 3.0-liter V12 and chassis as the 250 Tour de France and was an early sales success for a young Ferrari, with nearly 1000 sold.
These cars languished in obscurity for years, with many used as parts cars for more valuable Ferraris, . Values shot up in the 1980s and have stayed high ever since.
Released in 1964, this Ferrari was an improvement over the 250 GT/E. Ferrari's legendary V12 to 4-liters, which helped it make an impressive 300-bhp. It sold better than its predecessor, but it was not without controversy.
The first version of the 330 GT 2+2 used a controversial "cat-eyed" , which proved to be extremely divisive. The Series II (pictured above) was more conventional. John Lennon a blue Series I 330 GT 2+2.
For the 1967 365 GT 2+2, everything about its predecessor and made it bigger. The engine grew to 4.4-liters and the wheelbase and passenger compartment grew, making this a true four-seater. This was also the first Ferrari to offer power steering as standard and interestingly, a self-leveling hydropneumatic rear suspension.
With 320-bhp routed through a five-speed gearbox, the 365 GT 2+2 60 mph in 7.0 seconds. Around 800 were sold in its relatively short production run.
For the 365 GT 2+2's one-year replacement, Ferrari in a smaller body that somewhat resembled the two-seat 365 Daytona. It used a similar chassis as the Daytona, but with requisite luxuries like power steering and a self-leveling rear suspension.
500 were built before production ended in 1972, though this car's successor used .
In contrast with the 365 GTC/4's one-year production, the 365 GT4 and its evolutions were in production from 1972 to 1989. Around 3000 were sold in that time period, but this car has since proved to be one of Ferrari's more divisive cars.
The 400 was the first Ferrari offered with an automatic gearbox, a three-speed . Unlike the many vintage Ferraris that have become unobtanium, values of these cars have stayed relaitvely sane. If you can get past the styling, you'll have a big, comfortable car with a classic V12. Not a bad trade-off.
Technically, this car : It's a Dino, Ferrari's attempt at a more affordable sub-brand it did away with halfway through this car's life. This was the first mid-engined V8 Ferrari and somehow, it managed to squeeze two extra seats right ahead of the engine.
This is more of a Porsche-like four-seater than some of the other Gran Turismos on this list. It's Bertone styling has its detractors, with many preferring the cleaner lines of the Pininfarina-designed 308 GTB. Still, the mid-engined V8 Ferrari starts here, so this is an incredibly important car and one worthy of reapprasial.
Many consider this the and indeed, it is compromised in many ways. Ferrari decided it wanted a more practical successor to the 308 GT4, but wanted to keep that car's mid-engined design.
The result was an oddly proportioned car that was slower than its two-seat siblings. The Mondial was in production from 1980 to 1989 and underwent four revisions; Mondial 8, QV, 3.2 and Mondial T.
After years of malaise towards the end of Enzo Ferrari's life, Luca Di Montezemolo with this, the 1992 456 GT. It was a return to the understated elegance of Ferrari's 1960s 2+2s, though some find it bland.
It used an all-new V12 coupled to a six-speed transaxle. Power was impressive at 442-hp and the 456 could easily cruise at over 180 mph. In 1998 the 456 received updated styling and mechanicals to become the 456M GT.
Following the 456 GT is one of Ferrari's more controversial modern cars, the 612 Scaglietti. When it was new in 2004, the styling wasn't met with much love and thus, sales were slow. Now, it's undergone a bit of a critical reevaluation, especially models with the rare manual transmission.
When we tested it back in 2004, we found that it was a perfect marriage of a comfortable GT and a high-performance sports car.
This is arguably one of the least practical four-seat Ferraris on this list, but there is indeed, room for four here. Many have derided this car's styling, but its popularity is unquestionable. Ferrari said that a majority of California customers are first time Ferrari buyers and many use their Californias daily.
For 2015, Ferrari updated the California with a new turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 and less controversial styling, dubbing it the California T.
With the FF, Ferrari truly pushed the envelope. It was Ferrari's first hatchback and its first all-wheel-drive car, using a ferociously complex system it developed in-house.