2007 Ferrari Fiorano 599 GTB
Ferrari owners are typically asked two questions about their cars – how fast is it? and how much does it cost? For a collector, the key question to ask is – what makes this car unique? We’re asking that question of our friends at Dream Makers Automotive about a rare 6-speed manual transmission 2007 Ferrari Fiorano 599 GTB gracing their showroom.
The End of the Road for Manual Shift V12 Ferraris
It’s hard to picture an Italian sports car without a stick in the floor but the Fiorano 599 GTB is the last Ferrari V12 to come with a gated manual transmission. Only a total of 30 were produced with 20 of those shipping to the U.S. It is an end of an era for the Italian carmaker.
A Legendary Engine Powers the 599
The 599 is introduced in 2006 as the replacement for the 575M Maranello. Styled by Frank Stephenson at Pininfarina and possessing the legendary Tipo F140C 6.0L V12 front engine, it is one of Ferraris most powerful production cars at that time. With a total engine displacement of 5999cc (from which it derived part of its name), the 599 is the first to produce 102hp per liter by a naturally aspirating 6.0L production engine.
What’s in a Name?
We know part of the 599’s name comes from the car’s engine displacement total but what about the rest of it? Fiorano is the name of the circuit test track that Ferrari uses and GTB stands for “Grand Turismo Berlinetta”, a nod to the stylish two-seater grand tour cars of the past.
It’s Everything a Ferrari Should Be
The 599 is everything a Ferrari should be - fast, luxurious, and agile. An aluminum chassis covered in a lightweight alloy results in the car weighing 96 pounds less than the Maranello. Not just lighter but faster, the 599 goes from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph.
Collectors Love Their Manual Transmissions
Whether it is a testament to our love of the stick shift or our need to “become one” with a sports car, classic collectors are not willing to let these cars fade into obscurity. There is something intrinsically satisfying in testing your driving skills with a manual gearbox while blasting down the road. Man and car working as one. Shift on, gearheads.
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Finding the right insurance protection for a rare collectible like the Ferrari 599 Fiorano GTB can be a challenge. Classic Auto Insurance can customize a policy that provides the perfect coverage for your car’s needs. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
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Put a Classic Spin on Your Resolutions
Every January we start off the New Year making resolutions that sometimes get left by the wayside. This year we put a classic spin on our list, with 12 easy intentions for the car enthusiast. See if you agree and share with your friends. How many will you keep this year?
Set Realistic Objectives
On average around 42% of all Americans make resolutions for the new year, but only 8% actually achieve their goals. Close to 73% can maintain them for over a week but only 44% can make it to the six-month mark. Experts say the key to keeping your resolutions is to have straightforward, realistic goals.
Keep Resolutions Simple
Many of us are still reeling from the excitement of the holidays, which is why our list includes manageable objectives like creating a simple yearlong to-do list. Start 2017 off right by organizing what restoration projects are to be completed, what parts are needed and the status of your budget. It’s a great way to bring focus to your garage game plan.
Have Clear Cut Goals
You can’t be any more direct than “need to detail my car”. Make your resolutions into clear cut actionable tasks. Experts say to schedule them the same way you do doctor appointments, by putting them on your calendar. It gives you a deadline and helps to avoid conflicts. If you want to get your car Concours-ready, block out a weekend and do it.
Don’t Go It Alone
This year resolve to have more fun with other car enthusiasts. Plan a 4th of July classic cruise with your car club or take to the road for a cross country adventure. If travel isn’t for you, involve your friends in working on new display ideas for your next car show. Whatever the resolution, you are more likely to succeed if you have like-minded people around you.
Make Your Resolutions Fun
If attending more classic car shows is one of your goals, plan ahead and mark your calendar. Take in the Detroit Autorama in February to get ideas brewing while we wait on Spring. Plan a weekend of great entertainment at the Carmel Artomobilia in August. Local artists, live music and tons of classic cars will fill the streets of the Arts & Design District in downtown Carmel, Indiana.
Enjoy the Hobby You Love This Year
Whether it is finishing your restoration, attending more shows or finally finding the perfect addition to your collection, set some classic car resolutions for yourself. It’s a new year and a clean slate. Make a vow to enjoy the hobby you love and to have tons of fun doing it. Life’s too short not to.
Happy New Year from Everyone at Classic Auto Insurance
Classic Auto Insurance wants to wish you and your family a happy and a prosperous New Year. As always, if you have any questions about the best coverage for your classic car, visit our website at www.classicins.com and or contact our staff at 888-901-1338 to see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Can A Classic Car Be a Historic Artifact?
Whether to restore a classic car to factory specs or preserve its original condition will always be debated among enthusiasts. What most car lovers do agree with is the need to save historically significant vehicles for future generations. The true question is - can a classic car be considered a historical artifact in the same way as a building is identified as a landmark?
Historical Vehicle Register
No one debates the automobile’s role in propelling our society into the modern era. The minute the first car rolled off the line, it changed all aspects of our society. This is why we must protect these classics before they disappear. In 2014, the Historical Vehicle Association (HVA) teamed up with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Library of Congress to establish a National Historic Vehicle Register to protect historically significant vehicles.
Cars, Motorcycles and Trucks Eligible
In 2016, Senator Gary Peters of Michigan introduced the National Historic Vehicle Register Act to create a federal registry of important cars, motorcycles and trucks that influenced American life. The yet-to-be-passed bill will document the timeline of these vehicles and rescue them from being lost and forgotten.
A 1964 Shelby Daytona – First Car on National Register
The first car granted registry status is a 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe Prototype. Carroll Shelby and Peter Brock built this revolutionary race car. It blew the doors off Ferrari and other European competitors with its aerodynamic design. It is the first American race car to win the FIA manufacturers’ road racing championship.
Documentation Key to Making Cut
Through extensive research, documentation and structural examination, the HVA evaluation adheres to strict historical preservation guidelines to help determine worthy entries. A vehicle is eligible if it meets one of these criteria:
- It is associated with an event
- It is used by a historical figure
- It possesses a distinctive design or construction
- It is rare, such as the first or last of its kind
Students Document a Rare Southern Roadster
Recently, a group of historic preservation students from South Carolina’s College of Charleston spent a semester helping the HVA analyze a 1920 Anderson Six Convertible Roadster produced by the State’s first automaker. One of only seven remaining, the car is considered historically important not only because it is rare, it has a distinction as one of the few Southern-built American automobiles in the world.
War Veteran Makes Historic Vehicle Register
Detailed inspection of these rare vehicles often uncovers surprising information. The examination of a 1918 Cadillac Type 57 US 1257X military vehicle, sent to the front lines in France during WWI, reveals a bullet hole near the engine. This car is the only intact survivor of 2,000 units sent overseas to make it back home. By restoring this vehicle to its original factory condition and inadvertently covering up the bullet hole, its unique history could have been lost forever. So, the HVA is leaving the car in its current state.
Protect Our Automotive History
No matter what side of the restore versus preserve discussion you take, safeguarding America’s automotive legacy is vital. Maybe the world doesn’t consider protecting these unique vehicles the same as saving the birthplace of a Revolutionary War hero but that’s where the classic car community comes in. Lend your voices to the cause. Keep these rolling history lessons safe for future generations. Support the National Historic Vehicle Register. Time to rise up and be counted, gear heads.
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Whether you drive an original condition Rat Rod or a Concours quality Packard, protecting your vehicle is top priority. Classic Auto Insurance understands your devotion and has the right coverage at an affordable price. Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and customize the right policy for your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Whether it was the fast cars, the fashion or the great 80’s music, the popular television show Miami Vice is how many young car geeks fell in love with Italian sports cars. The star of the show in our opinion is the black 1976 Ferrari Daytona Spyder driven by Don Johnson. In this video interview with Brian Grams of the Volo Museum in Volo, Illinois, we learn a few of the show’s secrets surrounding the cars. Share it with your fellow Ferrari fanatics and see if this isn’t the show car that started their lifelong obsession. You know they had a poster of it on their wall!
The Ferrari 365 GTB Earns Nickname Daytona
If you are going undercover in the criminal world of 80’s Miami, you need a car that exudes style and power. The Ferrari 365 GTB is that car. Introduced in 1968, the 365 GTB is Enzo Ferrari’s response to the mid-engine Lamborghini Miura. A 1-2-3 sweep by Ferrari Racing (in the Ferrari 330 P-4) at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona helps the 365 GTB earn the nickname, “Daytona” from the press.
Replica Ferraris Replace Real Ones
For the premier season, Miami Vice producers ask Ferrari North America for a couple of Daytona cars but Ferrari declines. The production company’s solution is to have Tom McBurnie build two Ferrari bodies over Corvette chasses. Sadly, the only real Daytona appears on screen in the pilot episode for a brief 10 seconds.
A Last-Minute Deal Saves Daytona Replicas
After learning the show is using replicas, Ferrari N.A. agrees not sue if the show replaces the fake cars with the latest Ferrari model, the Testarossa. Producers are about to destroy the replicas when Carl Roberts agrees to build a stunt Testarossa for shooting - if he could keep the pseudo Daytonas. The two Corvette Daytonas still exist today; one in the Volo Museum and the other with a private collector.
Preserving a Disco Era Icon
Despite being fakes, these cars are almost as rare as the original Ferraris. Miami Vice makes the Ferrari Daytona a star (despite the fact they used replicas). VIN number documentation proves the Volo Ferrari Daytona is one of the original two. For Ferrari fans and 80’s devotees, these cars are automotive history and a cherished piece of a disco era childhood that needs to be preserved.
See Amazing Collections at the Volo
The Miami Vice Ferrari Daytona is part of the great TV and movie car collection on display at the Volo museum. From the George Barris’s Munster Koach and the Batmobile to the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee and the Back to the Future DeLorean, Volo has something for everyone.
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
Adding a unique car to your collection? Let Classic Auto Insurance set you up with the right protection for your one-of-a-kind vehicle. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and find the perfect policy for your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your new dream car.