Ferrari always debuts their new cars in red...at least I thought they did. Turns out, quite a few recent models debuted in alternate colors. It’s a bit difficult researching this before the 2000's since there are no internet articles to mark each new debut, but here’s what I’ve dug up:
As best I can tell, the first non-red Ferrari debut was the F60 America. It debuted in blue in 2014. But considering this is a limited production variant of the F12 and the red/white/blue motif paid homage to the Superamerica name, I’m not comfortable labeling this as the first non-red Ferrari.
I think that title goes to the 458 Speciale Aperta, which debuted in 2015 in yellow with blue/white stripes. A year later, the 488 Spider debuted in blue, followed a month later by a yellow F12 tdf. The LaFerrari Aperta debuted in black with red pinstriping, both the GTC4 Lusso and Roma debuted in silver, and the 812 GTS debuted in gray. Which means the majority of modern Ferrari’s didn’t debut in red!
Another tricky pair are the Spider variants of the 360 and F430. Both debuted in red at the Geneva Auto Show, but the press photos of the 360 Spider feature yellow and silver cars, while the F430 press photos show yellow and gray. So I’m not really sure how to classify these two.
Can anyone think of an older Ferrari that debuted in an alternate color? Time to bust open those old MotorTrend magazines!