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post #1 of 24 Old 10-04-2013, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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Looking for a Ferrari that will fit a "tall" guy

So I've shopping for my first F-car, and was looking to buy a 328. After searching the net for a while, and call after to call to private sellers (who wouldn't call me back, I'm 32 not 18!), my local Ferrari dealership received a beautiful 89 328 GTS. Having already made connections with a salesman at FoA I went during lunch to see the car. It is beautiful, but... I would 'Magnum PI' the car everywhere I went.

I don't consider myself tall, for argument sake I'm 6'1. I'm actually the shortest guy in my family, but my head stuck out the top by a couple of inches.

So, I don't want the dream of owning a Ferrari to die. Are there any other "tall" guys that could offer up a suggestion of what would be a good first Ferrari?
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post #2 of 24 Old 10-04-2013, 12:57 PM
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308/328 were not very big cars. Tom Sellek could only drive one with the top off and the seat rather contorted.


Interior size, head room/leg room is hit and miss. Daytona's and Dino 246's were pretty roomy. Then came the 308's and BB's and they were small inside. 348/355 was in between but the 456/550/575 and the 360/430 have quite a bit of head and leg room.
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Hi Frank, Im 6' 2" with a 575 I have plenty of leg room and my seat isn't all the way back maranellos are the only f cars I've ever found that much comfort in and the 550/575 have come down in price to the point where there's no reason to look at anything else. Once you drive one it will be hard to justify buying anything else in that price range, good luck
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6'1 as well and I fit in a 599 with plenty of room to spare.
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I am 5'7" and could wear a tophat in my Maranello with the seat raised all the way. Lots of room. Easy ingress and egress, too. You can even move the steering wheel out of the way if you like.

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I'm 6'2" and I don't have any problems fitting in my 328. My head may go above the window line a little with the roof off, but I just recline the seat a little more with the roof on. No problem with leg room.

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I am about the same height as the OP and found the 328 to be uncomfortably tight but the 308 was fine. Any Ferrari post the 348 will also not be an issue.
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Weight and mass may be an issue.

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Hi Frank, As mentioned by others the Maranello's are among the best for the tall guy's and at 6'5" I should know. Plenty of leg room and not hard to find a good position with the combo of adjustable wheel and electric Daytona's. The carbon race seats are a touch lower giving more head room but have less adjustability.

For me, I wouldn't go for a GTS in the 308/328 because with the roof off it restricts legroom when stored. No problem driving the berlintta's, although I've been told I look like a "bear in a bottle"! 355 and 360 are roomy at head and shoulders although the legroom is on the limit, another couple of inches would be better. The F430 solves that issue and I find it great, although wearing a helmet in a Scud with the legal roll bar isn't too comfortable. The 599 is similar to the Maranello's but the best I've driven is the FF by a mile.

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Jimmy, I'm just a touch under 200 lbs., wear a 42L jacket.

Michael, I will look into the Maranello's. Looking at the prices for the 550/575 and the 360's, they might be out of my price range, for now. The "average" price of the 328's and the easy of the owner to general maintenance was part of the draw for me. I like working on my own stuff. My budget for just the car was b/t 40-50k, maintenance costs separate. So looks like I will be saving a bit more to move up to the 355/550 world. Anything six figures (US) is not in the cards right now.
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Frank, understood. Maybe one needs a little change in thinking when dealing with cars of this era. It seems unfair to compare these with the more modern models mentioned. It does take me a while to adapt to my oldies but once you get that under your belt, it is not such an issue. You may even begin to enjoy the inconveniences !

On the more serous note, you may explore the possibility of altering seats' positions ? Good luck with your search.

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... was looking to buy a 328... I'm 6'1...my head stuck out the top by a couple of inches...
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... I'm just a touch under 200 lbs ... Anything six figures (US) is not in the cards right now.
Before elminating 3x8s from the hunt completely, make sure you've fiddled with seating position. It's a lot different than most other cars. The 3x8 is only 44" high.

I'm 6' 0" but rail thin at 160 lbs and all legs with a 35" inseam. The 3x8 fits me very well. I actually have the seat forward (!) of its maximum rear position. This allows me to recline the seat back which moves my head substantially downward. My knees are a little higher toward the steering column, but it is certainly not uncomfortable and, in fact, I've grown to like the position. Long dangly key chains are annoying. I sometimes contemplate a steering wheel spacer. I can wear a helmet with the roof on.

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I'm only six feet tall but with short legs and a long torso. My 360 Modena has plenty of room, both head room and leg room. My seat is not nearly all the way back, so I'm guessing you would fit just fine.

By the way, the 360 is a great first Ferrari for many other reasons. It's one of the best looking cars (in my opinion), it's semi-modern without being loaded down with electronics, you can easily find a manual transmission version, it has plenty of power, it's reasonably reliable, etc. etc. The only thing it doesn't have going for it is that they built plenty of them, so it's not a rare model. But that has it's up-side too since parts are easily available and not too expensive.
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I'm 14 years old, a tack under 6.0', 36L jacket and a size 14 shoe (US size)....still growing.
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I'm 6'1 and really I have never considered my height an issue, with any Ferrari. The 328 is probably the smallest. I did notice the last time I drove one that the top of the window was in my field of vision (I have only ever driven the 328 with the top off).

But in all the other models I have driven - 330GTC, 330 GT2+2, 365BB, 512BB, 512BBi, 308GTB, 308 GT4, F40, 550 Maranello, 355 GTS, 360 Modena, 430 Scuderia, 458, F12berlinetta I have not had an issue. In the older models you have to get a bit of experience to find a comfortable position. You fit your body to the car, not the other way around. But once you get used to it, there's no issue. I've driven 10 hours in the 365BB and was fine. Same in the 330GTC, 550 Maranello and 458. So there are plenty of options still open to you. I have many friends of my height and more who drive very long distances in Ferraris of many ages without problems. So I'd say that you can find one you will like.


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I'm seriously interested in a 328 GTS, but keep hearing that they're tough for a taller driver to fit in (assuming you keep a driver's seat in the car). I'm 6'4", 32" inseam, so slightly taller torso, and I'd like to know if headroom is more cramped in a 328 GTS than in a 360 Modena, which I fit in OK. All currently available 328's are fairly far away to check out...I'm in Monterey, CA (about 125miles south of San Francisco) and it's hard to take some time off at the moment. Any help, here?
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Rich, welcome to FL.

It may sound like a difficult proposition in your case. Would be best to try one to see. With a GTS, it might work with the roof off, but not with on.

Good luck with your search.

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I'm 6 foot 3, and fit in my 328 GTB just fine. The curved fixed roof makes it possible, I cannot fit in a GTS car.
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tall guy in a 328

Well, like the (infamous?) Magnum P.I. car bit, like Mr. Selleck, I'm 6' 4" on the nose. If someone my size can fit in a Berlinetta version, I can of course manufacture (or remanufacture) a removable roof panel that will allow me to snuggle into the GTS version. I might have to hinge it but as Porsche did it so can I. I don't need a thick padded roof, none of my ragtops had anything but thin fabric. I assume of course that the roofline itself is the same as the GTB, and removal of the padding and so on will give me the extra space I seem to need, according to everyone. Strangely, I used to fit fine in all 3 of my (series 1) E-Type roadsters but I cannot even get IN the E-Type coupe I've just finished restoring. We'd pulled the car apart, seats, doors & all, before I thought to try it... what I missed/forgot was that the way I usually got into the E-Type roadsters (years before, I admit!) was with the top folded down, and like my Moggie I "walked" into it bolt upright and slid down into the seat. That may sound funny but it works! Of course I could always crawl into the beastie but at my age (72, now) my joints no longer encourage this sort of contortionism. Arrgh!

Well, moving on, I of course would LOVE the opportunity to see if I could fit into a GTS, but sadly although there must be one or two here in the Monterey area I have no way of finding out who they might be, much less if they'd allow a stranger to see if he could fit. So if anyone knows of someone who'd be willing to help me out in this regard in the greater Monterey area I'd sure appreciate it! My email is [email protected], and my phone number is 831-224-5128.

As a reminder assuming I can fit in one, I'm very much in the market for a decent GTS at a fair price. So there!

Cheers to all,

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