Enzo Ferrari’s love of road race cars starting at age 14, and never went away. After WWI, he starting driving for Alfa Romeo’s race team. Nobody challenged their greatness, so it soon disbanded due to lack of competition. But Enzo’s dream lived on. He gathered up his teammates, and, backed by Alfa in 1932, started Scooteria Ferrari which swept ever competition they entered.
Ferrari’s first car, the 125, rolled out following WWII in 1947. It had an unheard of v12 engine. This started their legacy which is carried through today. Enzo’s passion was always track racing, and they were undefeatable. At one point, Ford became so enraged that they hired Carroll Shelby and spent more than $1 billion to develop the Ferrari Killer--Ford GT40—which swept Lemans and forced Enzo to join up with Alfa Romeo as they had funds enough to bankroll his racing passions. Ferrari retained his prized racing team, but gave up production to his partner who helped to develop, among other models, their most popular car of all time, the Testarrosa.