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Are Ferrari's masculine or feminine?

A couple of days ago I wrote a post and called my Ferrari 'him/her/it' not really knowing if it was male or female. At home it's male, my son calls our 328 'Freddy' and it's a he. Technically speaking linguists would say all cars are feminine in the latin based languages so that would also follow for Ferrari's.

I'm still unsure, I agree that for their style and beauty they should be female after all that's why we red blooded males fall in love with them when we are young kids, and we pamper them like a beautiful woman. However, for their aggresive features and power they should be male After all if you track your Ferrari and thrash it in the high rev band, you wouldn't treat a beautiful woman like that (or maybe you would given the chance )

Is their sex dependent upon the model and how you use them? eg: F40 track racer - Male, but a 360 garage queen - Female?

I'm looking forward to seeing your opinions and comments.

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I really have never thought of a car as male or female. Just a fantastic or crap car.

That female/male stuff is best left to the French?
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If you watch movie classics, most cars are pertained as female.
ie christine, or that one with nicolas cage in gone in 30 seconds, something like that.

I would refer to my baby as a female, just because it would be funny for guys to hear me talk sweet nothings about a male car and may mistake me as playing for the other team. If you were talkin about a female named car, at least you wont be getting any funny looks.

I named my red head vitalonna, vita for short

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I share your quandry. Things in my life that I have found to be beautiful have historically been identified in the efeminate venacular. These items tend to be things that I place upon a pedestal to bask in the glow of there amazing grace. From that pedestal they control my existence with the flick of the hair, the bat of an eye, or the request for something new and shinny.

My Ferrari having met that specific definition does however carry a certain aggressiveness that strongly opposes my desire to treat it with a tender and loving caress "all the time". While never ever being beaten, it needs a level of discipline to know its own strengths and weaknesses. Like a playful child it needs my guidance, appreciates my inputs but desperately wants to compete. Sure it wants to be caressed with a fine synthetic wax and a fresh microfibre, but it also wants to tear up the asphalt eating mustangs, corvettes, and other innocent victims.

This relationship can not be described in the most simple terms of Male or Female but rather Father and Child. Like an overprotective mother trying to inspire greatness, my Ferrari is my Baby. Sometimes a Son sometimes a Daughter but always my beloved.

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Consider the facts owning a Ferrari:
it costs a lot of money
it always asks for attention
it gets moody and unpredictable when not looked after well
it's a it's best when driven hard....

and my girl always gets jealous when I spend time with it.,

Must be female then
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Still none the wiser All of your points are valid and well considered.
Maybe I should have set up a poll on this thread?

Hope to hear some others opinions.

When I got home from work this evening, I told my son that Freddy might be a girl car. He wasn't that impressed, and said, 'but Daddy, girls don't like cars, and don't like going fast and making lots of noise, he must be a boy'

Maybe the answer lies within the innocent words of a 4 year old.

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Hey Arch!

I think Louis puts it well, I would add

High Maintenance - Female
Curves in all the right places - Female
Beautiful rear end - Female
Pop-up headlights - Female

there are so many analogies, however if I were to be objective for just one moment I would say that Ferraris are definately...Female. I mean thats why it fascinates us (men) to see a woman driving one .

I think some other cars are probably male (like Wartburgs, Jeeps, etc) and others are 'its' (the ones with no soul like Merc A Class, Audi A2, generic metal/plastic boxes).

Not sure what I would call mine - I don't think I have ever given a car a name! I mean I have called cars plenty of names, but never actually named one...4Real!
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I said it on the first thread of the same nature and I'll say it again.

I make love to my Ferrari every time I get in it, and I'm no homo. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Actually, I can't believe this is a topic. I just thaught everyone knew mechanical things like boats, cars, and motorcycles were female. I don't ever plan on being as intimate with another man, as I am with my cars and motorcycles, and I hope it is the same for everyone else.
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Actually, I can't believe this is a topic. I just thaught everyone knew mechanical things like boats, cars, and motorcycles were female.

Firebanshee you are mistaken, not all machines are feminine

el tren (Train in spanish - masc)
il treno (train in italian - masc)
le rouleau compresseur - (steam roller in French -masc)
le tracteur (tractor in french - masc)
le velomoteur (motorcycle/moped in French masc/neuter)

I could go on if you want more

I hope that has opened up the debate a bit more

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I hope that has opened up the debate a bit more
The debate could go on 4ever.

Consider this: your granny is female too but's not close being 'Ferrari Female'.

A gorgouis, very hot & steamy, temparement full mistress is more like it....
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You know...as far as naming cars go, my Buddy has "Christine" His 89 Mustang Fastback Cobra. My Ex had cars named Alexander or "zander" and Amadeus, both guys. Who knows. When talking about any of my cars, boat, ATV, etc...I always say she.
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Enzo would laugh at this thread.

Don't believe me? Find out what "Testarossa" means, or even "Countach."
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Testa rossa - litteral translation is red head referring to the red engine covers.

Lamborghini have a snorting bull for a symbol, haven't seen any female bulls

Diablo / diavolo (spanish/Italian) - devil, he's always referred to in the masculine sense

Gallardo (spanish) - dashing or gallant words used to describe a man .Words ending in 'o' are masc

F60/Enzo - don't tell me he was female

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You have a very...VERY valid point.
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In addition, Enzo named the 246 GT the 'Dino' to honour the memory of his dead son Alfredino who designed the original Ferrari V6 engine. Would Enzo really call a girl car after his dead son? I don't think so

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Consider the facts owning a Ferrari:
it costs a lot of money
it always asks for attention
it gets moody and unpredictable when not looked after well
it's a it's best when driven hard....

and my girl always gets jealous when I spend time with it.,

Must be female then
amen to that

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Still none the wiser All of your points are valid and well considered.
Maybe I should have set up a poll on this thread?

Hope to hear some others opinions.

When I got home from work this evening, I told my son that Freddy might be a girl car. He wasn't that impressed, and said, 'but Daddy, girls don't like cars, and don't like going fast and making lots of noise, he must be a boy'

Maybe the answer lies within the innocent words of a 4 year old.
here is what you tell him. ask him if he has a crush on girls, or rather does he likes girls.

asks him if he likes the car.

if the car were a boy, would he like the boy

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now i remember that cars name in that movie, gone in 60 seconds.

it was "elanor"

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here is what you tell him. ask him if he has a crush on girls, or rather does he likes girls.

asks him if he likes the car.

if the car were a boy, would he like the boy
Monza, that would be true if he were 14 yrs old, but you forget a very important fact. Young boys do not like girls at all, because girls like pink frilly things and dolls and ponies and Barbie, girls don't like cars, soldiers, excavators, trains and machines, so young boys don't like girls

Give him 10 years and he'll be trying to steal my car keys so he can impress the local girls with the Ferrari

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Monza, that would be true if he were 14 yrs old, but you forget a very important fact. Young boys do not like girls at all, because girls like pink frilly things and dolls and ponies and Barbie, girls don't like cars, soldiers, excavators, trains and machines, so young boys don't like girls

Give him 10 years and he'll be trying to steal my car keys so he can impress the local girls with the Ferrari
lol, well my friend. you better start him early then

you would not want him to play for the other team.

hell, my kid would be looking up the nanny's skirts.

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