Rewind six years. Remember where you were when you first saw a photo of a Ferrari 599? Like us, as you added the words ‘big’, ‘front-engined’ and ‘Ferrari’ together, we’re sure you muttered under your breath “Daytona…”
Sure, Ferrari had hung V12s out in front of the driver since the Daytona. There was the uber-cool 412, and 456 two-plus-two cruisers, and the altogether more lairy 550 two-plus-nobody-else, but the meaty 12-cylinder cars since the Daytona had all been mid-engined. Think of the breathtaking 512, and the recently-cool-again Testarossa.
But none had matched the Daytona for sheer muscle. Oh, we love the way Ferrari hooks up its F1 and road car programmes. Nobody does it better. But the sheer romance of a big, front engine GT takes some beating. Old school class.