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Driving a Vintage Ferrari...

Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by rob lay, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. rob lay

    rob lay Administrator
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    Well, I had the honor and pleasure to drive a Lusso on the Laguna Seca track during one of the helmet off drives.

    Driving it conservatively is an understatement. I felt comfortable with it, but no reason at all to push it or "find the limits". The only thing I wish I would have done differently is to rev it higher. I figured an older V12 would have a lower rev limit, so I was only going to about 4k. I found out later the red line was more like 7k. So if anything, I was hurting the car by bogging it down and shifting too early.

    It handled very well and brakes weren't a problem. Power was sluggish, but that was probably more how I drove it. The sounds were great. Shifting was tricky without modern syncros I guess, but I expected the shifting to be tricky. Hell, even my 328 shifting can be tricky sometimes. Why doesn't the Lusso have the same steel grid shifting? I thought this was a trait of all Ferraris. The rubber boot without guides didn't instill confidence.

    What a great experience. I think the owner who drove a modern Ferrari for the first time and a 355 Challenge at that had a pretty big smile himself.
     
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  3. SefacHotRodder

    SefacHotRodder F1 World Champ

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    Cool write up. I wish i went. Oh well, 10 more years :(
     
  4. Dave330gtc

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    The range from 4000 to 7000 is where all the fun is. The sound is amazing and you can really feel the power coming on. The cars like to be revved. From 7000 to 9000 is where the funny noises come in and you may not want to be up there very much. Seriously the 250 is a very durable engine and it was made to run.
     
  5. sjvalin

    sjvalin Formula Junior

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    I am so envious! What a thrill.

    Ferrari started putting the metal gated shifters in the more sporting cars starting with the 275GTB. I don't recall if the 275GTS also received it as well. The 2+2's didn't get it. Eventually it wound up in all cars during the 70's, I believe.
     
  6. donv

    donv Two Time F1 World Champ
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    As a general rule, the Ferraris with transaxles have gated shifters. Of course, there are a few exceptions (generally cars without transaxles, but with gated shifters, see 250GTO), but after the mid 60s the rule holds pretty well.

    I, too, am envious! I would love to drive a Lusso!

     
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