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Funny image, for me atleast.
Because my dad was once a Post man. -- now, here I am...considering buying a Ferrari.
talk about life coming full circle, sometimes.
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Having just had the opportunity to spend some time looking very closely at all five generations of the, for want of a better description, Ferrari "hypercar" at the same timme in the Museo Enzo Ferrari (see photos in this thread), I am more convinced than ever that the 288 is the best looking of the lot, though the F40 runs it a very close second.

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Picking up where I left off...

Been on the fence a while, ...although not F cars, but back with some more.

One of the latest acquired early this year. A 1964 Alfa Romeo 1600 SS (Sprint Speciale), understand that 1400 made. Has the "same" 1600 motor as my other AR Duetto Spider, but tuned quite differently to say the least. Much, much more responsive, quick, easy revving, and subsequently fun to drive. Still have not driven much and with slow learning curve, beginning to find out what she is like.

Just fell in love with the looks. If I may dare to say, has a similar stance to the Lusso in a way.

Relatively small in size and light with very responsive engine.

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Tried uploading some photos and failed. Trying again here.

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Hi Jimmy, good to read you again!


Once again, you're demonstrating your good taste in cars. Since I first saw a picture of this model, I was in love with its looks that, indeed, immediately reminded me of the Lusso. I have yet to see one in the flesh, and with Fall and more clement weather coming our way, I hope we can find some time to meet somewhere soon!
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Hi Jimmy, good to read you again!


Once again, you're demonstrating your good taste in cars. Since I first saw a picture of this model, I was in love with its looks that, indeed, immediately reminded me of the Lusso. I have yet to see one in the flesh, and with Fall and more clement weather coming our way, I hope we can find some time to meet somewhere soon!
Furanku, thanx. We'll do so.

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Seems like I have to resize my photos. Here's a try.
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Hi Jimmy. Good to hear from you again. That is one beautiful motorcar - I am very envious!

Do you still have the Superamerica? I saw one in London at the weekend, looking stunning just parked on the street like any other car.
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Jimmy, satisfy my curiosity: just what exactly does that perspex flap in front of the windscreen on your Alfa do?

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Hello John, yes the SA is still with me, trouble free and running happy. Always impressed by V12.

London's got so many super and exotic cars that SA may not even rank in as one. Rare to see, that's for sure though.

As per the perspex on that SS, my understanding is that the purpose is to deflect air from literally lifting windshield wipers when when traveling fast. I have yet to drive that fast still, but she seems able to go very fast. Aside from that, it seems like a nice and interesting piece of object.

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Hello John, yes the SA is still with me, trouble free and running happy. Always impressed by V12.

London's got so many super and exotic cars that SA may not even rank in as one. Rare to see, that's for sure though.
Yes, that V12 is a lovely engine for sure! I never cease to be amazed by it every time I drive my 550. To someone of my generation (I am now 61), "Ferrari" is synonymous with "V12". Having said that, I love my Dino to death, even though it only has half an engine!

I may be biased, but to my mind the SA still rates as something very special - far more tasteful than the current crop of mid-engined supercars, especially the ones with bits sticking out everywhere!

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As per the perspex on that SS, my understanding is that the purpose is to deflect air from literally lifting windshield wipers when when travelling fast. I have yet to drive that fast still, but she seems able to go very fast. Aside from that, it seems like a nice and interesting piece of object.
How interesting! Maybe if you drive fast enough, you will find that it deflects the rain over the screen and you don't have to use the wipers. I used to find that with an XK 120 I had many years ago. It didn't have a windscreen, just little aero-screens: once I was going over about 50, the rain was deflected upwards over my head.

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Been on the fence a while, ...although not F cars, but back with some more.

One of the latest acquired early this year. A 1964 Alfa Romeo 1600 SS (Sprint Speciale), understand that 1400 made. Has the "same" 1600 motor as my other AR Duetto Spider, but tuned quite differently to say the least. Much, much more responsive, quick, easy revving, and subsequently fun to drive. Still have not driven much and with slow learning curve, beginning to find out what she is like.

Just fell in love with the looks. If I may dare to say, has a similar stance to the Lusso in a way.

Relatively small in size and light with very responsive engine.

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GOTCHA! Jimmy; now I know where you've gone off to. Outrageous that you submerged w/o a trace or a 'see ya!' ;-) lovely new Alfa. I've only owned one of the brand, a 164S I got for my wife 20 years ago. Did have an opportunity to sit in the then-new Alfa 8C Competizione on the Alfa stand during its introduction at the 2006 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. With the Alfa emphasis I can't help but ask what F-car(s) your are now driving? Wonderful to be reading you again

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GOTCHA! Jimmy; now I know where you've gone off to. Outrageous that you submerged w/o a trace or a 'see ya!' ;-) lovely new Alfa. I've only owned one of the brand, a 164S I got for my wife 20 years ago. Did have an opportunity to sit in the then-new Alfa 8C Competizione on the Alfa stand during its introduction at the 2006 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. With the Alfa emphasis I can't help but ask what F-car(s) your are now driving? Wonderful to be reading you again
Hello Seth, still in ownership of SA and 16M, way too modern and able F cars for myself. It's just that lately, I have strayed off to other smaller cars and unfortunately the number has increased. My intention was to downsize but ending up the other way.

Don't know much about 164S myself but have tried newer AR cars and they are okay but not for me. Older AR models are nice.

I have yet to announce another tiny car that I bought from Italy last May. I suppose my post midlife crisis is getting worse.

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How interesting! Maybe if you drive fast enough, you will find that it deflects the rain over the screen and you don't have to use the wipers. I used to find that with an XK 120 I had many years ago. It didn't have a windscreen, just little aero-screens: once I was going over about 50, the rain was deflected upwards over my head.
John, I am a bit like you I suppose, most recent cars are way too busy and feel like I need to wear a batman mask to drive them.

Very funny about your experience with the old Jag. Trying to visualize the exact scene in my mind.

I am storing this AR in a nearby sub garage facility that works on palates and had a strange experience when I first parked the car when she arrived. I thought that everything would be uneventful but when I parked the AR on the palate to be parked, suddenly I hear alarms go off indicating that my car was not suitable. They have all these sensors to measure car dimensions to make sure cars fit. Somehow, my AR did not and the alarms were on. I backed out, confused, thinking how could that be, this is not a large oversized car to cause rejection (?). After a moment or so of confusion, it dawned on me that the radio antenna was the culprit. The height caught the sensor sending off the alarm. The catch was that being an old car, the antenna was the prehistoric type where it does not collapse, it was a one solid piece of metal rod. So, what did I do to solve this ? I had this long ribbon in my bag, by chance, and decided to use it to tie the top end of the antenna, bend 30 degrees and tied the other end to the rear, side window latch. So there I have this silly ribbon tied with a curved antenna and have been driving around the streets like that. Just another new experience for me dealing with old cars.

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John, I am a bit like you I suppose, most recent cars are way too busy and feel like I need to wear a batman mask to drive them.

Very funny about your experience with the old Jag. Trying to visualize the exact scene in my mind.
Jimmy, this might help you as a starting point:
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It's just that lately, I have strayed off to other smaller cars and unfortunately the number has increased. My intention was to downsize but ending up the other way.
Small is beautiful! I have gone that way with the Dino (acquired since you were last active on this site - see below) and my 911 (owned now for just coming up to 15 years) also fits that bill. I also acquired a Maserati Granturismo, which is way too big, but my wife and daughter love it, so I guess that's OK.

So, we have established that you have the SA and the 16M, the Alfas (Duetto and SS) and I assume you still have the Fairlady (?). So what else have you added to your collection.
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John, that Jag looks more like the ultimate than a start. Isn't white rather unusual for a Brit car like that ? With all the elements coming at you, must be an experience similar to motorbike.

Perfectly understand all you said. Those are splendid collection.

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Yet another one:post midlife crisis in continuum

I would come clean, yes, another purchase last May. My very first 1967 Fiat Giannini 590 GT, bought from an older gentleman from Italy, bought unseen as usual. Spunky little thing that runs around like a little rat. More details to follow.

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