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Old 04-22-2018, 07:49 PM
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Default Anyone else wnat to discuss my favorite car of the 1990s?

Ferrari 550 Maranello. Glowing reviews absolutely everywhere. And already out of reach to buy.
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:30 PM
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Definitely a lovely car and infinitely more attractive than the angry Fieros Ferrari seems hell bent on delivering today.

I'd nominate the 1999 TVR Tuscan and the Aston Martin Virage for consideration too.
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Old 04-23-2018, 02:03 AM
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Yes, and the Vanquish too.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:56 AM
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Definitely a lovely car and infinitely more attractive than the angry Fieros Ferrari seems hell bent on delivering today.

I'd nominate the 1999 TVR Tuscan and the Aston Martin Virage for consideration too.
I think the problem ius that for decades, Ferraris - despite being reasonably fast - were also made for a cruise along the French Cote D'Azzure or the Italian Riviera - or comparable roads - and as a< result, there was a certain elegance, like an Italian dress or business suite has. Interiors were also more about elegance, luxury and their bespoke beige leather than lap timers, Alcantara racing buckets or some weirdo steering wheel controls so you can turn on wipers in a fast bend without taking of your hands (although finding the button takes a minute of search before). Nowadays Ferraris - but also Aston Martins - are made for the Nürburg Ring and Youtubers filming them in London, so maximized visual aggression and exhaust noise (ofetn very removed form the V12 music older Ferrari were capable of producing)for maximum clicks. Having the main customer base in the Arab Emirates or China will not revert the situation either I'm afraid....

The Maranello was in many ways teh last pure "old school" Ferrari in that respect, and as a a result, will be very collectible in near future. I absolutely love it.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:59 AM
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90's cars are the best, so there are many cars I like. But that is probably because it is my generation, so subjective and biased.



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I think the problem ius that for decades, Ferraris - despite being reasonably fast - were also made for a cruise along the French Cote D'Azzure or the Italian Riviera - or comparable roads - and as a< result, there was a certain elegance, like an Italian dress or business suite has. Interiors were also more about elegance, luxury and their bespoke beige leather than lap timers, Alcantara racing buckets or some weirdo steering wheel controls so you can turn on wipers in a fast bend without taking of your hands (although finding the button takes a minute of search before). Nowadays Ferraris - but also Aston Martins - are made for the Nürburg Ring and Youtubers filming them in London, so maximized visual aggression and exhaust noise (ofetn very removed form the V12 music older Ferrari were capable of producing)for maximum clicks. Having the main customer base in the Arab Emirates or China will not revert the situation either I'm afraid....

The Maranello was in many ways teh last pure "old school" Ferrari in that respect, and as a a result, will be very collectible in near future. I absolutely love it.
Totally agree with that.

I am not against 'aggressive' and design 'track' enhancements, but this is not what most people want or need. It looks like cars are built for reviewers rather than customers. Again, it is fine if some cars are made that way, but not every car should be made that way. Some diversity would be welcome.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:46 AM
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I remember when it won Motor Trend's top speed shoot out. That was my first issue (bought in west palm beach) of the then respected magazine. Incredible car, no outright go fast appearance at all but every bit of capability to live up to its name. And it was still good enough for a 3 pedal gated 6 speed.

I've got a really nice bburago 1/16th model of it downstairs purchased at KB toys who is now making a comeback in the states.

Such a shame, really.
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:09 PM
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Boy, do I wish I had the money for this one.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/20...0-maranello-4/

That yellow! At least I have it in 1/43.
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:25 PM
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The most beautiful example of this car that I've seen was a grey metallic 550 Barchetta with a dark red leather interior. Fairly rare as only around 450 examples were made. A wonderfully classic design that just oozes beauty.



This alongside with the F355 were the last Ferraris before what I call the 'ugly period' featuring the 360 and Scaglietti kicked in.
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:11 PM
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For me the 360 was the last gasp, it was similar enough to the 550 and 355 to where it couldnt be knocked very hard. And low displacement high RPM NA power is the most fun short of owning your own TIE fighter.

The Enzo was bizarre but in an overt beauty sort of way, the 612 was the bitterest awful sauce (dont even see these at cars and coffee events) and the F430 was a bit vulgar.
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Old 06-03-2018, 10:57 PM
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A 90s car I owned and LOVED was my 93 Corrado VR6. I had a 90 G60 and it was respectable, but the VR6 made the Corrado come alive. I wish I still had it but I'm glad I don't. It had typical VW build quality (shoddy), reliability (so so), durability (low mileage component failures), and cost of repair (astronomical). I can't imagine finding parts for it now, but I loved it. Maybe I should get a Giulia and relive the crapstorm of low quality expectations.
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