Long before Minifigures, Star Wars sets, movies, theme parks, or even injection-molded plastic, there were cars. Vehicles have been core to LEGO since before the brand from Billund, Denmark, became synonymous with bright bricks the world over.
Back in 1932, LEGO's founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, made wood versions of utilitarian vehicles such as fire trucks, trains, and pickup trucks years before he invested in an injection-molding machine—and changed toys forever. When it comes to cars, few brands spark excitement in kids and adults like Ferrari.
LEGO's first Ferrari came out in 1998, a year before the first Star Wars–branded toy, and the relationship with the prancing horse has marched on ever since. From the most basic Duplo sets aimed at toddlers to lust-worthy models it would take adults a long weekend to complete, LEGO has replicated some of Ferrari's most impressive machines, from inside to out. This is every Ferrari set LEGO has produced.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN - 1ST LEGO® FERRARI SET
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LEGO® Ferrari Formula 1 Racing Car
Release date: 1998 Set: 2556 Pieces: 580
While it bears the prancing horse stickers, the first Ferrari that LEGO produced, in 1998, was a collaboration with Shell and sold at local gas stations. Shell provided fuel and lubricants to a young driver named Enzo Ferrari back in 1924.
When the first Ferrari rolled out of Maranello in 1947 it had Shell fuel inside. Ferrari added the horse emblem to honor Francesco Baracca, an Italian World War I pilot who had it painted on his fuselage. After Baracca shot down a German plane, which carried the horse emblem borrowed from Stuttgart's coat of arms where it was manufactured, he had it added to his fuselage (Porsche would later use the black horse to pay the same homage to its home city).
The LEGO version of the Ferrari F310, used during the 1996 and 1997 F1 seasons, is about 13 inches long, complete with a detailed cockpit. The hood is easily removable, showing off the first Ferrari V-10 engine.
WHERE IT IS TODAY!
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LEGO® Ferrari 812 Competizione
Release date: March 2023 Set: 76914 Pieces: 261
The first LEGO Ferrari of 2023 might be the last of a dying breed. The 2022 812 Competizione feels like it might be the final V-12 that prances without the aid of a battery and electric motor. The LEGO version is smoother than most Speed Champion models with only a handful of studs showing. Stickers help add racing details, but bricks detail the aggressive front end and excellent rear exhaust of this six-inch-long model.BUY NOW