There’s been a lot of chatter for a long time about the impending demise of the row-your-own manual transmission. I’m not talking about those automated manuals – with or without an actual clutch or two – with acronyms lifted from the annals of phone company documentation such as DCT, DSG, PDK, etc. No, I speak of the real, three-pedal mechanical gear changers with a friendly stick emerging from either the floor or – if you’re old – the steering column. Continue reading
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This car was the cover story in the August, 1980 issue of Road and Track magazine. I know it was this car because they only made one of them. It was the time when Enzo still at least figuratively held the reins at the little Modena carmaker, and had a lot of say in design direction, despite his Fiat overlords. As a dedicated sports and touring car manufacturer, Ferrari was not known for building sedans, yet this one somehow escaped from the Pininfarina design studios. Here’s the deal: I know that we don’t tend to write about hyper-expensive cars that we can only dream of owning, but I LOVE this car. I have always loved this car. I want this car. Sadly, at $825,000, I can’t afford 1/10th of this car. But maybe you can. Or you can dream along with me. Find it for sale here at AutoSpeak in Modena, Italy.