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Andy’s Thoughts – The Ferrari California T
Ferrari took a huge gamble with the California T, but introducing a cheaper model that would appeal to a boarder market. Purists were swearing never to set foot in one as it was really a Maserati by name, while Tifosi were naming it the new Dino. The reality was that it was a true Ferrari, just different.
The original California did well to set the foundations for a usable Ferrari, and converted existing owners and attracted new ones. For the first time, small families were attracted to the brand, with a car with boot space and rear seats. Sure, Ferrari had always had a 2+2 on offer, but a whopping great big V12 is not to everyone’s liking.
But the success of the California and T has been amazing. Production is handled through its own production line, and the sales numbers will soon be passing 10,000 per annum.
Gladly though, the production of the California T has now come to an end. I say gladly not because the California is a bad car, but the replacing Portofino takes the design brief of the California and improves it in ways that were never envisaged to be a problem. That said, the California T silenced those naysayers who said this is not a real Ferrari. It is, and one that Enzo himself would have signed off on in his violet ink.