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October 1983 Ferrari Factory Visit

I took my wife and 7 year old daughter to visit Italy in October 1983. I had just finished up a tour flying F-111Fs at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England and was going back to a TAC test unit in Sacramento, CA, and had some time off.

The Navy had a C-130 flight they contracted with the AF to fly between RAF Mildenhall, a major Military Airlift Command base and Naples, Italy to support 6th Fleet operations. The flights left every Thursday and there was a return flight every Monday. Nobody had ever been denied a free flight on the birds, which normally flew nearly empty except for cargo. So we hopped a flight on a Thursday, with a planned return 10 days later on Monday. It all worked out fine.

All that just leads up to a visit to the Ferrari factory. We visited a couple of the old Ferrari shops in Modena and stayed at the Hotel Europa in Maranello. I called up the factory the first afternoon we were there and asked if they could give us a tour. As soon as I told them I was a Ferrari owner, they said show up the next morning and they would show us around. We got a one on one tour with Ing. Andreone, probably a bit more limited than what they do now, but very informal and very enjoyable. This was long before the new facilities were built and there were no giftshops, museum, etc.

So all this leads up to the fact I have some photos some of you BBi, 308 QV, and Mondial QV owners might enjoy seeing. Maybe your car is in one of them.

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Terry,
that is so cool. Its great to be able to see pics inside the factory from all those years ago. I took the factory tour in 2007 and we were told with no uncertainty that use of any camera once inside the factory gates was prohibited.

I love the notion that you just turned up at the factory and asked for a tour. On FLED5, back in Feb of this year, 3 of us turned up at the factory gates in a 430, 612 and Daytona. We nearly had to beg just to get a picture under the iconic Ferrari sign, never mind a tour! How times changed.

I would have loved to have been able to see the factory back in 1983, but then I was only just after starting school and my love for Ferrari was in its absolute infancy.

Thanks for sharing the pics and the story behind them....

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Barry- Glad you enjoyed them.

I note there are a few 400is in the mix, too, plus maybe a 208 Turbo.

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This was long before the new facilities were built and there were no giftshops, museum, etc.

So all this leads up to the fact I have some photos some of you BBi, 308 QV, and Mondial QV owners might enjoy seeing. Maybe your car is in one of them.

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Terry very cool and Thanks for sharing - pictures would make a great poster.

Amazing you were able to take camera shots!
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Terry,

That is awesome. Love the photos and echo Barry, the times have changed, unfortunately not for the better. Nice to see candid photos without any hubbub
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Doug- Different times. When I wanted to take an interior shot, ing Andreone was going to pull all the plastic coverings off until I told him not necessary.

Ferrari was still coming out of the dark times and had been saved by the 308 GTB/S and its variants. The TR was just about to pop out with a US model 12 cylinder, so things were looking much, much brighter.

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Doug- Different times. When I wanted to take an interior shot, ing Andreone was going to pull all the plastic coverings off until I told him not necessary.

Ferrari was still coming out of the dark times and had been saved by the 308 GTB/S and its variants. The TR was just about to pop out with a US model 12 cylinder, so things were looking much, much brighter.

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Amazing, thank you for sharing
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Thanx for sharing those precious photos, Taz. Maybe, one of these days for myself. Seems like it has become a lot more modern but "cold". w/ smiles Jimmy
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I noticed in the 1st & 4th photos [what, a 400?..I'm can't quite make it out], black, has what appears to be either white rear-plate cover or actual plates looking whited out: can you elaborate.

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Rik- Affirmative, at least two 400is, one black and one dark green. You must be looking on a small screen.

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That rubino QV with the red dash is interesting.

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rite on

those are really cool photos,,,some years ago,,,i saw some photos of 308 s on the assembly line at Ferrari,,i cant remember where though,,
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Maybe that was my 400i

Terry, thanks for sharing your experience and photos!

Who knows, that 400i may have been the one I used to own?? I bought this 1983, 5 Speed car in 2004 and sold it to someone in Toronto in 2006. That's when I got interested in the V12's.
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Wonderful pictures, pure magic thanks for sharing!

In 1991 I took a train from Switzerland to meet my Dad up in Rimini. En route I got off at Milan and took a taxi to the factory. Asked if I could have a look around and assured them that although I did not have a Ferrari yet at 23 years of age, my Dad had a '68 365 GT2+2 and I would one day also get my own Ferrari. They politely but firmly declined despite my please that I had travelled all the way from South Africa to visit. I enjoyed watching a procession of 348's head out for test drives and visited the Galleria museum that had just opened. Unfortunately stupid camera decided that was a good day to jam and so no pics...
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How interesting to see a two-tone 308 in the factory! Never heard that they were ordered that way!

Vitalone, my brother and I hope to visit the factory on the 16th of next month. Too bad that taking pictures is not an option these days.


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Amazing, thank you for sharing
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Fantastic recollection from beginning to end.

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How interesting to see a two-tone 308 in the factory! Never heard that they were ordered that way!

Vitalone, my brother and I hope to visit the factory on the 16th of next month. Too bad that taking pictures is not an option these days.


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That is boxer trim on the 308 if i am looking at it correctly, non?
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Brett- Affirmative. Boxer paint was an option on the 308 QV then and it was seen on quite a few cars. Really shows off the family resemblance to the Boxer, especially in lighter colors.

Dominec- Entirely possible it was your car.

If any one wants high res versions of those photos, let me know. When I scanned them I saved them as ~64 Mb tiffs.

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Thanks for sharing Terry!!! Fantastic photos!!!

I dont know, but what was your very first Ferrari?




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