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Anyone here prefer coupe to the spyder?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by bkaird1, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. bkaird1

    bkaird1 Karting

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    Just curious if I was the only one who prefered the coupe over the spyder for most cars(not for cruising enjoyment...I mean purely looks). Not to say that the spyders aren't absolutely beautiful, but I've seen very few who's lines were nicer than the coupe (I think the 360 spyder is an excpetion though). AM I NUTS????
     
  2. Eilig

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    I prefer the coupe over the spider, both in terms of looks and driving. Coupe is lighter, ergo just slightly quicker. Cowl shake in spider is zero, so that's a non-issue. The fact that the coupe costs less is just a bonus.
     
  3. ty (360mode)

    ty (360mode) Formula Junior

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    i much prefer the lines of most coupes, i esp think that of the 360.
     
  4. jordan747_400

    jordan747_400 F1 Veteran
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    I prefer the coupes more generally most of the time. I just think the spider/spyder versions loose some of the lines and aesthetics that really make the car.
     
  5. Daytonafan

    Daytonafan F1 Rookie

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    Absolutely I don't think there there has been a single car that looked better as a spyder than as a Berlinetta/ coupe expect for the 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder, but I can't afford one of those so it doesn't count!!
     
  6. Hubert888

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    I think the 360 coupe looks better than the 360 spyder. just like the prior posts, I agree that some of the lines/styling is missing in the 360 spyder than the coupe.
     
  7. Willis360

    Willis360 F1 Rookie

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    I like coupes.
     
  8. hardtop

    hardtop F1 World Champ

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    They don't call me "hardtop" for nothing!

    Better looks, better driving and (most of the time) cheaper. Life is good.

    I do have two exceptions. The 275 NART spyder that resides in Colorado is one of the prettiest cars ever made. I guess that's why they are 7 figures. There is also a black California SWB spider I see now and then. It makes my knees weak!

    Of course, I think my 328 GTB is pretty stunning too.

    Dave
     
  9. worth it

    worth it Formula Junior

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    I vote for the :

    SPYDER / SPIDER or any other spelling - This makes me the first vote this way.

    I must make one clarification - I am judging the looks with the top down. A Spider's lines are always better with the top tucked away.

    As for driving, I have always enjoyed the feeling and sounds of top down driving. Doing it in a F car just makes it better since the exhaust note and engine music is even clearer. The weight and handling characteristics are slightly different but not much of a factor off the track.

    Just my point of view - to those who only drive in good weather why have a top over your head ??
     
  10. Gary(SF)

    Gary(SF) F1 Rookie

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    I love the looks of the 360 Spyder (top down only) but I would always buy the coupe for the lighter weight and better track performance.

    Gary
     
  11. bkaird1

    bkaird1 Karting

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    worth it:

    I guess those who want both go for the gts, if one is available. I'm really just talking about pure looks, not sound, driving enjoyment etc(although I'm sure some might say those are better in the coupe as well). There's just something about the way a ferrari's roof line swoops toward the rear end that's just mesmorizing to me and often that gets lost with the spyders. Spyders seem to be in demand so you're certainly not alone.

    Brad
     
  12. Throttleman

    Throttleman Formula Junior

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    I am now hooked on the Berlinetta/hardtops. I think the lines are necer and the cars tend to look more aggressive.
     
  13. 410SA

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    The Spider really looks like a design afterthought. The rear engine cover is contrived and the entire back lid looks unfinished. It's especially noticeable when you see a 360 spider next to a 355 spider. The 355 looks like it has purpose in its design all the way from the front to the back. The 360 looks like they ran out of time and just flattened the rear portion behind the seats. The profile view is worst IMO but ir really does look good coming towards you.
     
  14. cavallino

    cavallino Formula Junior

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    Definitely the coupe
     
  15. Aircon

    Aircon Seven Time F1 World Champ

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    I'm seriously surprised by the response, but I agree with most...Coupe for me!
     
  16. TOM B

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    I prefer coupes for looks. It just seems like most convertibles look like a coupe with the top missing. As if the "lines" are wrong whereas a coupe's lines flow. Just my opinion.



    Tom
     
  17. worth it

    worth it Formula Junior

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    Bkaird1 and others:

    Looks like I am still the "only" one here who votes for the Spider.

    However, it appears most of the posts are centering on the 360 - I tend to like the coupe on this model but I can't say by much.

    Since you are discussing looks only this does sway me a little.

    All this aside, beauty is in the eye of the beholder someone once said. My family has always had convertibles, even have 8mm film of my grandfather back in the 50's with his rag top. I guess that makes it a genetic thing for me.

    It's not like any of them are ugly and no one would say no thank you if you were given one. Kind of reminds me of some conversations I had back in College before heading to the bars.
     
  18. paulb

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    Spider. I am addicted to convertibles. The 360 coupe however is one of the most beautiful coupes out there today.
     
  19. abavai

    abavai Formula Junior

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    I love the 360 coupe and spider. I think that the spider model is most beautiful than coupe at 3/4 rear and the coupe is most beautiful at 3/4 front position. If you see two cars above the car the spider is most beautifull.
     
  20. zjpj

    zjpj F1 Veteran

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    I like coupes better than convertibles. I like the lines better, and I also feel like they are safer if, heaven forbid, you flip over. I also just feel a bit more secure. I don't even like driving with windows open - there's something about being in a closed cockpit that I like.
     
  21. robiferretti

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  22. sherpa23

    sherpa23 F1 Veteran
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    I have always preferred the coupes over the spiders. Ferrari (or anyone else) has yet to produce something that I prefer in convertible.
     
  23. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

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    I hate convertables. Its just me, I do not disparage those who like them.
     
  24. albertl

    albertl Formula Junior

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    Coupes have a 3 year wait and spiders have a 5 year wait and the mark up over retail for spiders are higher than coupes.

    So consensus is that more prefer spiders than coupes. Me, I like them both and if I can get a spider for msrp, I would go for the spider.
     
  25. JaguarXJ6

    JaguarXJ6 F1 Veteran

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    Spyders/Spiders, without question.

    You can still track a spider. If this was a big requirement, you should look into a challenge car. The lap times will just not be the same, otherwise. How hard will you push?

    You can still enjoy top down driving or if gts, the wind, sun, and stars in your hair.

    If your in a mostly warm climate or one with little rain, you'd be driving something else since most others don't know how to when it gets wet.

    Security by being able to rip the top, etc? I don't keep valuables in my car and insurance will take care of it. If you do, kindly send me your address (kidding!!). :)

    Poor water seal? How often will you drive any variation in the rain? If it leaks, you fix it. What is a little ingenuity to seal a leak especially if its a rubber or a window alignment problem? Experiencing leaks is riding in an XK140 drop head coupe with side curtains for two days in a downpour or a "Friday/Monday" E-Type made around a weekend holiday.

    Climates will jade our opinions. Since when has lack of heat ever been a problem in a Ferrari?

    In the end, its the pleasure you get from them and they all give it!

    Sunny
     

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