Join Date: Apr 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,200
I realise this is the 430 area, but thought I'd give an opinion from the V12 perspective. IMO, the big V12 cars really need to be turned loose out on the open road and exercised for longer periods than running around town doing errands, going out to dinner, etc. In this regard, they're more like thoroughbreds than quarter horses.
I also find myself not really wanting to take the car anywhere where it will be parked for an extended period, ie dinner, movies, etc.. Probably more paranoia on my part than anything, but we have some very malicious people in our part of the world who will go out of their way to key a nice car, not to mention the people (and their kids) in SUV's who are just plain unconscious about how they open those battering rams they call doors.
Can't say that I feel overly self conscious while driving the car, as it really doesn't draw "that" much attention, other than the occasional thumbs up. But then, Houston doesn't lack for exotics, and a 12 year old, conservative looking 550 just doesn't draw near the crowd that a brand new, lime green, in-your-face Gallardo does. And I'm quite pleased about that.
'99 550, Rosso Corsa / Nero, S/N:114654, Assy: 31836, Engine: 52084
High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.
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