Hello Pixel & welcome aboard, how about filling out your profile a bit more?
Very nice looking car and it's obviously a labor of love. Why don't you post some shots of the interior too?
Personal opinion only, but I'd lose the wing. Adding wings to cars that didn't come with them from the OEM is a dodgy proposition at best. With due respect to yourself and the obvious hard work you've done, I believe it's out of place on this class of car.
Below is a shot after I had most of the interior done, but before I had the seats and leather reconditioned. I appreciate your thoughts on my changes. Like all cars, seeing it in person gives a better perspective on how it actually looks.
Now, I know the wing is about as sensitive of a topic as wheel spacers... So here's my thoughts.
To sum up this car for me... Like most "busted my ass for it" Ferrari owners, it's a childhood dream realized. But what was cool when I fell in love with it in the late 80s, is not the same cool now. The only other Ferrari I really like the design of is the 288 GTO... And think the wing on the F40 looks out of place. To others it's what makes the car. Opinions are synonymous with subjective.
Modding with both taste and purpose. Most everything I've done to upgrade the car can be reversed... But I have a vision for what I want to enjoy. I'm amazed at its original design, but I'm also not a purest. I think tasteful changes, including the spoiler add to its uniqueness while bringing it into the twentieth century.
Functionally, with the new wider stance, the correct forward ride inclination, and the advantage of the front spoiler, handling wise this spoiler doesn't dramatically change the tracking of the car. I simply don't drive it that hard. And on a few lightly spirited runs I've done, I can feel that the car handles better i.e. more stable & planted than on my stock wheels. That car felt a bit squirrelly.
Pininfarina did an incredible job at designing the 348. Few cars from the late 80s look like they belong on today's roads. I'm hard pressed to think of one sports car from yester year that fits today's style. Lambo? Detomaso? Lotus? Aston? NSX? Porsche? Vector? EB 110? Mercedes? BMW? Jaguar? All the cars from that era do fit on the road today... But as classics.
If I had a Pantera, I'd be all about keeping it original. But for some reason, even with its side strakes, the 348 fits today's sports car design. Almost like it's transcended time, and the sports cars of today are taking cues off of it.
I'm simply giving mine a nudge towards ideas that weren't realized by designers 20 some odd years ago. I'm sure I'm biased, but even the 512 and 355 seem a bit too era specific to fit smoothly with today's style.
The wildness of the 348 in its time that made it over the top, is similar to the wildness that designers are moving towards now. Simply a bit bold.
The wing design tying into the front spoiler (as designed by Ferrari) to me is that subtle yet bold splash of character that has the tourist wondering if it's a 2014 Ferrari.
Everyone else knows that it's a Testarossa of course.
I guess my point is this. Everyone is swapping wheels, and buying the same exhausts, and grabbing every aftermarket part they can buy from Ricambi, because everyone in their own way has a vision of what they want their car to be.
My vision has a sleek spoiler. And I think if one compared my 348 to a stock 348 with a long ass antenna, narrow wheels, and a leather roof that always makes if look like a convertible, the one with the spoiler fits this era.
Of course that's just my opinion, and I could be wrong