How does the Ferrari community treat 348/355 owners?
This question is pretty vague, I know. You may also find it needlessly presumptuous, but here it is:
My experience around the types of people that own, could afford, or would want the newer Ferrari's (and this is by no means a rule, just anecdotal) is that they are vapid, self-absorbed people, the types that will begin insulting you when they meet you to secure their superiority over you. It seems like these owners are often the type that would say, "What is this, a Lamborghini? Oh, it is a Ferrari? 430? OK, cool, I like this one, I'll take it." Yeah, maybe it is unfair, but I hang out with lawyers, real estate people, and brokers frequently at fancy parties and crap, and they are just horrible people, generally. They are consumed with money, that is all they want to talk about.
The main question is in the title, but the sub-question is, "Can Ferrari ownership be separated from a simple tool to display how wealthy and awesome you are?"
For instance, I really like the way the 348 looks, but I see overwhelming evidence that this is a "loser's" Ferrari, just a turd on wheels according to the Ferrari community. If this is true, I digress, but I have a feeling some of the animosity stems from the fact that a person with a modest income (I make 100K which is chump change these days) could afford to buy one and maintain it.
As for the 355, I could probably afford one of these from the research I've done, but I don't want to go to some Ferrari meeting and feel like I am some kind of loser because I don't have an F430 or 360, or because I don't really give a crap about golf or following stocks.
I am wondering if part of the Ferrari culture is that you just have to be in mergers and acquisitions or if it is OK to just be a regular guy (or girl) that loves driving in general, will talk about cars with anyone that will listen, and has decided to take the plunge with an affordable Ferrari because, well, you know what Ferris said.
Thanks. I don't mean to offend, I am just wondering how far off base I am, or if the type of people I am thinking of aren't the type that would bother joining a Ferrari club or message board.