Barry, Taz, Boxer - thank you guys so much for such a warm welcome!
I've had the 550 for 15 months now and love every bit of it!
Every time I go in the garage and look at it, gives me the same excitement as the day I bought it. More so my 23 year old younger brother absolutely loves it, although one day he says he will get an F355 spider, Rosso crema, manual of course.
Initially I though the 550 would be a very big car for me as I'm only 5'6" tall, I have test driven five prior purchasing my TDF Blue 550 and remember the first time when I went for a test drive in one, I simply got scared by sheer size of it especially the lenght of the bonnet/hood. I wanted to walk away and politely said to the ever so kind salesman, I'm really sorry I think this car is too big for me-I will probably scrape the bumper-I dont think I could see where the bonnet ends. The salesman being a very cool and polite british carribean chap standing at 6'4" saying "oi come back here and give it a drive -I have a mate who is smaller than you, he is only 5'2" and he has one, he drives it everyday witout a problem". The sales guy's pitch gave me the courage to test drive that particular titanium 550, after adjusting the electric seats taking it all the way forward, and cannot emphasise how easy it was to drive but indeed a very fast car when you want it to be, and more so really addictive!
Although a lot of friends have asked why I didnt get a red V8 as my first Ferrari (although, I love F355s, 360s and F430), I feel though the 550 was made for me despite owning it some 12 years after it was produced. I plan on keeping it forever, I will cherish it!
So why a 550 at the age of 30? Thirteen years ago, when the 550 was almost brand new I promised myself one day I woud get one. All novelties tend to wear out after a few years, and being a teeanger at the time who also very much likes the F355 and then soon after 360 comes out gradually more attention is paid to a 360 for its sporty looks-expected of any 20 year old at the time. Then years later when I was ready to get my first Ferrari and having test driven both the the 360 and the 550 back to back, the feeling was as if I had been waiting all my life to drive and own a car like the 550 (its something like a fairy tale equivelant if you guys know what I mean). Years ago I used to imagine "a car being so fast powerful, with meaty gear changes and the 550 is exactly that"!
I love it more and more each day! Being of South Asian origin most guys are married by my age, my friends tend to joke that the 550 is my wife, but to me it's my child as the love for it is unconditional ;-)
So guys, please tell me about your prancing horses, I would like to hear about them all, im so intersted in these models 550,575,456,F355,360 and F430 and many more! And tell me why you have the Ferrari you have.
Perhaps one day we could all arrange our very own Ferrari get together??
P.s apologies for going on and on, I just love talking about Ferraris