Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Exeter, England
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,502
Good afternoon All,
I have just joined your forum, which I have already found very interesting andinformative: thankyou.
I am based in Devon, in the UK. After a career in commercial real estate in London, I am now semi-retired, running a service providing homes for homeless people with drug and alcohol dependencies in Cornwall.
Although I have owned a lot of cars in my time, I have yet to put a Ferrari on the list and I have decided that it's about time to rectify that.
After much consideration, I have concluded that my Ferrari must be a V12: no disrespect intended towards the owners of V8s and V6s, all very nice cars, of which I have driven one or two (I shall never forget the sublime experience of spending a sunny afternoon driving a friend's 246 round Goodwood many years ago), but for me at least, Ferrari and V12 seem to go together like the proverbial Horse and Carriage. And that engine must sit in front of me: my Ferrari must have the same visual proportions as my old E-type.
Had I the cash to do so, I would go out and buy a 330 / 365 GTC, or a Daytona. Alas, that is destined to be a daydream, until I find out how to run a Champagne lifestyle on Ginger Pop money, or win the lottery (which is unlikely as I never buy a ticket).
So I have settled on a Maranello: those looks and all that performance for as little as £50K, are irresistible.
I am torn between a 550 and a 575, but it looks as though I am going to come down on the side of the former, primarily because my heart is ruling my head on the gearbox front and manual 575s are as rare as hen's teeth. I guess it's an instinctive thing for someone of my generation (my heroes are Clark, Fangio and Moss, rather than Schumacher, Hamilton and Vettel) to think that anything with sporting pretensions must have a proper manual box. And although a Maranello is not going to be a sports car in the way that my 911 is, it definitely has sporting pretensions and is a car which I shall drive for the pleasure ofdriving it, rather than as a means of getting from A to B.
Any thoughts on the above will be very much appreciated.