A look at new cars...

So my good friend Joanne loaned me her old school Magnum PI Ferrari 308 GTS.. As I've previously written, I'm currently driving a rather ho-hum Volvo S40 sedan. The Ferrari is a bit different, needless to say.

It's so old school, it's funny. Built in 1980, it's got all the ickiness of the first emissioned engines. A mere 208 HP, with a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system. Nevertheless it's a beautiful car, and sings as you drive. Really. If you've not had the pleasure, listen to a Ferrari some time... Better yet, drive one. Everything is manual; not a pushbutton to be found (all these toggle switches everywhere - I keep feel like saying "missle away" when raising the antenna...)

It's a pleasure getting back into driving a manual transmission as well - it's been literally YEARS since I drove a manual, but it's like riding a bike. Of course, with the 3 pressure plates on the Ferrari, it's like riding a bike uphill in top gear... Geez, you'd think they'd have a hydraulic clutch or something. Oh, did I mention it's got totally manual steering? If the car's not moving, the steering isn't either...

All in all a really fun ride, and has made my week. Thanks Joanne!

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