Editor’s note: Once again, there’s something about cars that Larry Edsall doesn’t understand. Hopefully, you, our readers, will enlighten him through the Comments section, just as you did when he didn’t understand the whole premise of driving gloves or the prices being asked for vintage Ford Broncos.)
Before the country went into full lockdown mode in an effort to stop the virus from spreading, I was driving down — literally, down into the Las Vegas valley — on a local avenue still busy with people going to work and shopping and such when I noticed a car turning right into the uphill lane and quickly realized it was some sort of sporty coupe.
As it got closer, I recognized that it was a Ferrari.
But why had it taken me more than a millisecond to come to such a conclusion? Because this Ferrari was painted gray.
Why, I wondered, why would anyone choose a gray Ferrari?
Yes, I know, “gray” is not a real Ferrari color. Instead, the Italian automaker offers sensually pronounced shades of agrento, a light gray, and grigio, a darker tone.
But, let’s face it, even the dictionary defines gray with terms including dull, lacking brightness, ordinary, gloomy, uninteresting, vague, neutral and even aging.
Is that really how the Ferrari owner wants to portray himself or herself or his or her vehicle? As dull, ordinary, vague?
It’s one thing to drive a generic compact crossover that some generic automaker had sprayed gray, but for Enzo’s sake, we’re talking here about a freaking Ferrari!
Shouldn’t it be one of the shades of rosso or giallo or perhaps even one of the shades of azzurro? Shouldn’t it stand out in the crowd of gray, white or black cars that dominate the parking lot?
And while we’re at it, and while it was a gray-colored Ferrari that triggered this line of thought, doesn’t it also seem to apply to any sports car?