When the pictures of the new Ferrari California landed in my inbox this morning I breathed a sigh of relief. 

You see we’ve been tracking this car for so long and published so many stories and spy shots that I’m glad it’s finally out in the open and no longer subject to speculation and rumour.

That said, I’m proud to say that Autocar broke the story of the new GT in a world exclusive over three years ago. In fact I’ve just dragged out the issue (12th April 2005).

I can remember it particularly well as I wrote the coverlines: “New Dino” it screamed (OK allow me some artistic license) and our sources at the time reckoned it would arrive in 2007 (so five months out). 

But we got the rest smack on: “two seater”, “called Project California”, “400bhp V8”. Inside the mag, our computer rendering pictured a coupe but we speculated about the folding-metal roof and the positioning of the car – again, all bang on target.

So I suppose it’s time to let the news reporters loose on the next F430.

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