Having been driving my 612 and 458 in the past years and have not driven classic for this kind of distance, this Roadster is really giving me a lot of good surprises.
She is a great 'boat' to drive on narrow and twisty Italian roads...I even drove her into a one way road in the wrong direction due to malfunction navigator.
She is from the 1962 manufacturing year, so she has lighter weighted alloy engine block with disc-brake originally installed, it really helps me negotiating my way. My friend is only the second owner of the car, so she is very original in all sense (the door paint was peeling off when we stick the Mille Miglia sticker). I am surprised that everything worked 'perfectly', as perfect as a classic car could be.
The steering was 'relatively' precise and I enjoyed a reasonably comfortable ride throughout the thousand miles. However, her rear side could be treacherous at high speeds or on bumpy roads (which is common in Italy), she likes to wiggle her backside like a Brazilian girl in the Rio festival. The giant fuel tank capacity (almost €200 each refuelling
) can also create different handling feel, depending on the quantity of fuel left in the car. We certainly enjoyed the fun of steering her on those twisty roads.
I referred to her as a 'boat' because after riding her for 3 days with open top (well, mostly in the southern part when not raining), it certainly felt like you have been on a boat for that period.
Anyway, here are more photos of the rest of the journey for your pleasure...