Remember my first car, I bought. I was 22 living in Moscow Idaho, 1972, going to college, and I just acquired a 1969 BMW 1600 from CA. People would would look at it like it was a spaceship. Not because of its looks, but because it didn't make sense....actually, it didn't. Only German speaking people could work on it and it almost bankrupt me many time: That's when I knew a Ferrari could be in the future
I live in the middle of nowhere Iowa, so my car is ultra rare as in none.
I have always wanted a Ferrari and yes there is a bit of in your face that others perceive. But most folks just want to see it and talk to you about it. Take a picture or let them sit in it.
What I find also. A smile and nice manner goes a long way EVEN To the 'snots' one runs into from time to time. I find starting with a joke usually breaks the ice....one I like the most is me wanting to exchange car keys with whomever makes the offer....and then we go from there.
I do not drive it to work out of respect for those that are not as fortunate as me. But I have my life to live and I did not buy it for any other reason except that I am in love with the car....not to impress anyone or inflate my ego at others expense.
unfortunately, Ferraris are almost a dime-a-dozen in the bay area [NOT....actually Porsches and Vets are
I originally refused to drive mine to work for the first five years, and now, everyone expects it there: Here today, again as I type....USE IT. but, I do understand 'in your face' as a bit too much for some.
I do agree with Granucci in that a 2+2 does not draw as much attention, but in the end you should get the car you really want. I will say when you are driving it you get so involved in the experience that you forget what it looks like on the outside. People are going to pay attention and that is just life.
Thanks. BUT I am, actively engaging into acquiring a 328
and have been reading a lot on the 250 GTE 2+2...that one is sort of speaking to me.
However, of note, one thing I've come to be amazed is the children, ages 7/8-15 who SEE the 456 where others cannot. I have yet to recognize why this is, even when I drive the Mondial T and that looks more 'Ferrari' than the 456-[toyotaish to some] model. My theory is, these 'kids' will drool after one when they can afford it [like they could almost buy one on their allownce now...what a shame, a 12-cylinder hand cast engine, with carbon fiber etc, at $40k and dropping
] and be the future 308/328 buyers of tom. as 'that was the car I remember'. Perhaps it does skip a generation.
We play the cards we are dealt and I aint folding on this hand.......Steve
Exactly: Which is why I as you made the leap into Ferrari-hood: we aintz gettin' younger, and what a thrill.