THE BIRTH OF FERRARI CLASSICHE
Ferrari’s history is rooted in the history of motor racing. It also reflects the history of the evolution of exceptional performance road cars, characterised by bold and unmistakable design and technical solutions derived from the racing world. These cars, created in Ferrari’s Maranello workshops since 1947, are a perfect synthesis of technological research and craftsmanship that only the Prancing Horse can deliver. That is why they are destined to last over time.
Most of the cars produced from the dawn of the marque to today still exist and run, thanks to the care taken by their owners to keep them perfectly efficient and very safe on the roads. Such maintenance can only be performed by a highly skilled technician who has the deepest knowledge of the secrets of Ferrari engines and the specific features of each automobile.
In 2006 the company gave birth to Ferrari Classiche, the department of excellence that offers owners an exclusive service. Its purpose is to protect the invaluable heritage that these cars represent.
Being one of only 11 Ferrari Certified Classiche Dealerships in the United States, the team at Ferrari of Atlanta has the expertise necessary to handle complex restorations, returning a car to its original form in terms of mechanics and bodywork. We also provide the assistance and support needed to deal both with the complex stages of extraordinary maintenance and the normal use of the cars.
The essential starting point of the service offered by Ferrari Classiche is the Certificate of Authenticity, only available in Maranello. The Certificate of Authenticity is for all Ferrari road cars over 20 years old and is also available for Ferrari F1, Sportscars and Sport-Prototypes, with no restrictions on the age of the car.
This unique service is very important for owners, as only Ferrari Classiche can release an official document confirming the full authenticity of a car. The integrity and absolute uniqueness of the Ferrari archives, where the technical records of all cars produced since 1947 are jealously guarded, means the company is able to unequivocally establish conformity with the original design of any car made in its workshops.
The full benefits of the Certificate of Authenticity are manifold: in addition to protecting the priceless heritage of an historic car, the Certificate increases sale value, while giving access to the most prestigious official events organised by the Prancing Horse.
Only fully functional cars receive the Ferrari Certificate of Authenticity, because to ensure the vehicle’s conformity to the original design – and therefore maximum driving safety – all parts need to be authentic. Chassis, engine, gearbox and transmission, suspension, brakes, wheels and bodywork, interior, everything is rigorously examined by the experts in our Classiche workshop.
Ferraris are universally considered special cars, synonymous with mechanical excellence and cutting edge technology, devoted to the pursuit of maximum performance.
All this of course implies special safeguards and care, so that the unique characteristics that distinguish the car remain unchanged over time.
Two key parameters with great impact on performance, reliability and road safety are correct maintenance and compliance with the strict dictates set by Ferrari. These standards of excellence can only be respected through state of the art maintenance at Ferrari of Atlanta.
Here, all Prancing Horse cars find the specialists, know-how, and equipment needed for maintenance so as to increase their value and worth in full compliance with the parameters set by Ferrari.
The cars analyzed receive the Clasiche “maintenance manual”, which contains a record of the perfect state of the mechanics and body, and the vehicle’s conformity to the information in the Certificate of Authenticity. These parameters are reassessed over time through careful annual checks at our Dealership.
The Classiche certification process includes a technical examination of the originality of the various mechanical components, the determining factor as to the car’s authenticity. Any parts that do not correspond to the original specifications are replaced with spare parts offered by Ferrari to restore the car to its pristine condition.
The service is not limited to the most common spare parts. If necessary, we can create castings identical to the originals and also provide structural parts. With the help of strict quality controls and the ability to identify the design of all models in the historical archives, your classic car will maintain the same performance and level of safety.
The restoration of a historic Ferrari is a complex operation that can only be performed by a Certified Classiche Workshop.
The complexity arises from a very particular design philosophy. Since the early days Ferrari has cut no corners in designing a car’s components in order to achieve performance excellence. By virtue of this approach, the mechanical parts have always benefited from cutting-edge designs and futuristic solutions, just as the engine and body have always been built with special materials.