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Old 01-13-19, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
I remember in the early 90's when my boss was showing off his just bought Ferrari Mondial to me in his garage and he lifted the front cowl. I was kind of shocked to see parts on the cowl that looked like they came from an aluminum window manufacturer. Things like the aluminum intake slats looked like they were sourced from plain stock angle extrusions that you would see on cheaply made aluminum framed window assemblies. Same with the way they were screwed and riveted to the bodywork, almost like they were just put together by a high school shop class. The effect was like seeing the backs of beautiful Hollywood sets and seeing just bare scaffolding instead of real buildings.
Is it bad that Ferrari did this with their cars? I don't think so, as ultimately it did not affect the performance of their cars, and they do look beautiful.
Different companies from different countries will never have the same method for product delivery, but the goal is usually the same anyway. Get the buying public what they want and they will come back and buy from you again. It's the company that does not make horrible "junk" that will survive in the end, regardless of country of origin.
My boss might have thought that the Honda Accord hatchback I was driving back then was just boring Japanese "junk" back then, but dang, I sure was happy enough with it, as much as he was with his Ferrari, I'm sure.
The Mondial, in frank speaking, was a poseurs car. 'Steer' clear.

Moving past that subject, Ferrari firstly was a racer and race car specialist. At my earliest recollection seeing a late 50s Ferrari in a shop, this around 1970. The metal fabrication sub-floor had traces of a salvaged Italian advert road sign. I was a youngster but the mechanic told me metal was scarce and expensive for small manufacturing companies, even a good decade post WW2.
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