Pininfarina Factory Tour!
Of course how could any trip to Italy be complete without going
to either Ferrari or Pininfarina? Well, the plans were set and a very rare tour of
the Pininfarina facility was accomplished. The genius of Enzo Ferrari and the design
talents of Pininfarina go back many decades. Upon walking
into the facility you see three great Ferrari cars. The F50, a BB and the 250
SWB (Short Wheel Base). In fact there were only five of these short wheel base 250s ever made
(only three exist today). This added shortness gave the 250 more
responsiveness on the racing track.
250 (front), BB (middle), and F50 (rear)
250 Side View
250 Rear View
As you can see above, with the stylings of Pininfarina there are really no
"bad angles" to view the 250! This can be said of many cars visually
designed by Pininfarina. True Pininfarina genius! Of course i was truly
amazed, mesmerized, and dreaming of one day owning a beautiful car like the 250. So
there i was at the factory dreaming of owning one of these works of art when the
representative opened the door to the 250 and asked if i wanted to hop in. Well,
umm, like, is the sky blue and the grass green? Does the sun rise in the east and
set in the west? Of course i wanted to sit in it! If anyone has even
seen one of my favorite movies, Ferris Buhler's Day Off, then you know how i felt
when first sitting inside the rare 250. It was a mix of utmost joy with a good dose
of being very careful. It must have been only a few seconds, yet it seemed
like forever, for me to relax inside the 250. In life there are few deeply emotional
joyous moments. You know, the ones that last you a lifetime and each time you recall
the experience you cry in joy. Well, this was one of those lifetime moments for
me. The gracious host asked if i'd like her to take a photo of me in the car...
Even now just thinking about this experience makes my eyes water with joy!
It is a memory to last a lifetime... and beyond! As an added bonus a special
250 screen saver exclusively for our Enjoy the Music.com readers is now available!
Click here to get the Ferrari 250 800 x 600 Screen Saver!
Of course there were more lovely Ferrari cars in the exclusive Pininfarina
museum. Many more! Alas, to put them all here would take up much bandwidth,
yet here is just one more teaser for you my friends. The Dino! Every angle,
every curve, every line is a beauty unto itself! A car so advanced that the look of
it easily withstands the tests of time yesterday, today, and even 50 years from now.
Again, not a "bad angle" to view this great car!
As much as i wish there were words to describe how much pleasure it was to
visit the factory, words can never truly convey all the feelings in our
life's experiences. Some things you just have to go out and experience for
yourself! If you ever get the chance to visit the Pininfarina facility, the Ferrari
Museum, or the Ferrari manufacturing facility it can easily be highly recommend. Of
course there are many Ferrari clubs and organizations around the world too. Please
join them in the joy of the legendary Enzo Ferrari with the styling genius of
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