For more than 60 years, Ferrari cars have been eagerly sought after by classic car collectors the world over. One of the main functions of the Ferrari Classiche department is to issue Certificates of Authenticity to road-going Ferraris over 20 years old and all Ferrari competition cars, including Formula 1 single-seaters of any age. The Certificates officially attest to the cars' authenticity and also provide important documentation for buyers should the certified vehicles ever be sold on. Another advantage is that all certified cars are permitted to take part in official Ferrari events including, for instance, the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge, which takes place in Europe and North America.
During the certification process, the cars undergo a thorough inspection at the Classiche HQ in Maranello. Using Ferrari's extensive historical archives, a committee of experts known as COCER (Certification Committee), chaired by Ferrari Vice President Piero Ferrari, evaluates the technical characteristics of each car put forward for certification. This technical examination of the car is the most important step in the process. It reveals whether the car is fully functioning, and if its chassis, engine, gearbox, transmission, suspension, brakes, wheels, bodywork and interior are original or at least comply with the original specifications.
Certificate for cars of historical interest:
Introduced in the year 2009 the certificate is issued for cars from Ferrari, which are not considered to be authentic in the sense of determined criteria in the area of certification, complying with the following requirements:
- in the actual configuration the car has taken part in national or international competitions, or
- the actual configuration of the car is the result of modifications carried out by designers/coachbuilders of international fame within 10 year of the car's construction date and has taken part in car shows or Concours d'Elegance or published in prestigious special magazines.
These requirements are the essential condition for Ferrari to release the certificate, to then for example participate in the Shell Historic Challenge Championship and other events organised by Ferrari for historical cars.