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Daytona and the Colonel

I toyed with the idea this year - my dealer had a spot on their transport and The Breakers still had rooms. I will be there next year - hopefully with a Lusso or a Daytona to enter into the field...

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I toyed with the idea this year - my dealer had a spot on their transport and The Breakers still had rooms. I will be there next year - hopefully with a Lusso or a Daytona to enter into the field...
Are you sure you would enjoy driving a Lusso ?
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Are you sure you would enjoy driving a Lusso ?
After sitting in a Daytona yesterday, I'm not sure I'll ever 'enjoy' driving either one! Wow, a 365 GTB/4 is tiny! Of course, I'm 6'-4", 220 lbs...

Haven't yet sat in a Lusso, but as a SWB, I'm thinking it's not any better!


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After sitting in a Daytona yesterday, I'm not sure I'll ever 'enjoy' driving either one! Wow, a 365 GTB/4 is tiny! Of course, I'm 6'-4", 220 lbs...

Haven't yet sat in a Lusso, but as a SWB, I'm thinking it's not any better!

Something sounds a bit off. I am 6' 2" and around 200 lbs and fit fine. Has the seat in the one you sat in been rasied and moved forward?

Also you can have a wheel spacer added which will help with getting your legs under the steering wheel.
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Something sounds a bit off. I am 6' 2" and around 200 lbs and fit fine. Has the seat in the one you sat in been rasied and moved forward?

Also you can have a wheel spacer added which will help with getting your legs under the steering wheel.
It had not been changed at all. I was surprised, as I fit ok in my old 308 - the Daytona was a good bit tighter...

Updated: photo of me in the driver's seat. Left foot on the rest, right foot on the gas. The wheel is almost rubbing my legs - certainly up against my jeans. Maybe I have long legs? I had about two inches of headroom...
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i have the same problem in a daytona 6'1' 215. could barely get my leg between the seat and the bottom of the steering wheel and the space between the steering wheel and the shifter ain't too comfy either. i have the same pic.



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i have the same problem in a daytona 6'1' 215. could barely get my leg between the seat and the bottom of the steering wheel and the space between the steering wheel and the shifter ain't too comfy either. i have the same pic.
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A spacer on the steering wheel will make a big difference. I had the same issue on the 365BB, fitted a space from Hills Engineering http://www.hillengineering.co.uk/cat...72eb8c81379892 and it solved the problem. If that does not work, the other option would be to fit a smaller steerign wheel.
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If that does not work, the other option would be to fit a smaller steerign wheel.
Would that not make it a real hassle to park?

You could try some other classic Ferraris. The 330GTC would not be a problem for you, I think. I'm 6"1, 180 pounds, fairly long legs and I don't have the seat fully back. The 365BB could also work, with Boxer's caveat. If you're 6'4 the head room will be only just enough I would venture.


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At 6 4" and 220lbs I found the Daytona to be fine, but maybe I was so taken with being at the wheel of one of my ultimate cars that I did not notice details like whether I fitted comfortably. Certainly the Daytona seats are amongst the most comfortable and nicest that I have sat in.

In my 512BB I could fit in ok if I tilted the backrest more than normal and then moved the seat forward one notch off maximum. But a real tight fit when I wore a helmet in the BB. The Dino passed the helmet test better but the 308 GTB seems to have the roomiest cabin of all three. Fits me like a glove. I cannot wait to get back into my little 308. Roll on FLED 3!
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At 6 4" and 220lbs I found the Daytona to be fine, but maybe I was so taken with being at the wheel of one of my ultimate cars that I did not notice details like whether I fitted comfortably. Certainly the Daytona seats are amongst the most comfortable and nicest that I have sat in.
I understand completely - I too was very excited! And as I told Boxer, the seats in the car were beyond perfect - crazy good!

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Thanks to whomever made this into its own thread...

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A spacer on the steering wheel will make a big difference. I had the same issue on the 365BB, fitted a space from Hills Engineering http://www.hillengineering.co.uk/cat...72eb8c81379892 and it solved the problem. If that does not work, the other option would be to fit a smaller steerign wheel.
Thank you for the info and the idea!

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You could try some other classic Ferraris. The 330GTC would not be a problem for you, I think. I'm 6"1, 180 pounds, fairly long legs and I don't have the seat fully back. The 365BB could also work, with Boxer's caveat. If you're 6'4 the head room will be only just enough I would venture.

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Thanks for your suggestions. I really (like most others) wanted a Daytona - first choice. After that, I love the 250 range, especially the Lusso - but I'm afraid I'll do no better there...

I am looking for a Swan Song, investment-grade Ferrari. When I got my first Ferrari (a 308GTS QV) I thought it would be the only one and am surprised that I've kept in the game this long, but I do have the fever (no 'cowbell' references, please!). I barely fit in the 308 (other than a little head room) but, as Vitalone noted, I was so happy to be in the darned thing that I didn't care. Now I'm driving a 430 that is huge by comparison and in the absolute. When I was at the dealer on Saturday I was shocked to see my car sitting next to a Testarossa - the TR was tiny - I should have grabbed a photo of that!

Anyway, I am going to further investigate the options on the Daytona before I give up on that model. Others have mentioned lowering the seat, taking out the rails, smaller steering wheel, extenders, et cetera. And, provided that any or some of these could solve the problem in a way that would provide a modicum of pleasure without permanently changing the car (and its value), I will most likely proceed along those lines...

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I guess there are some advantages of being Italian and somewhat short! It's a biologic thing.
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i have the same problem in a daytona 6'1' 215. could barely get my leg between the seat and the bottom of the steering wheel and the space between the steering wheel and the shifter ain't too comfy either. i have the same pic.
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Is your dash leather? if so can you give a few details of your car.

Re the seat, i am 6ft 2 and fat, i struggle to fit in the car, my head hits the roof when its up, then when the seats where taken out for the rebuild we found a big wedge shaped piece of foam under the drivers seat, so it should make a big difference now its taken out, it was owned by a formula one racing driver for twenty years, so that might explain it!
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Would that not make it a real hassle to park?
No, just save an extra trip to the gym.
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I guess there are some advantages of being Italian and somewhat short! It's a biologic thing.
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I'm a quarter Italian (Dellapiazza) but found some tall genes somewhere...


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Is your dash leather? if so can you give a few details of your car.

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I Kid, I kid. it's a straman conversion. what would you like to know? here is another pic.



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