Photo Credit: Ferrari

The car above is a Ferrari 250 SWB, for short wheelbase. It debuted at the end of 1959, perhaps the most extravagant year for auto design since the Brass Era.

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And yet, in its age of fins and swoops and two tone pain jobs, it’s about as restrained as a car can be. Everything on this Ferrari is designed to be as straightforward as possible. The only thing that even looks like a flourish on the car is its front fender vent, and even it’s functional.

It’s a lasting tribute to understatement, in a way.

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And my mind was directed toward the 250 SWB’s direction from a particular comment today on Whexit, when a brave wheel liberated itself from the tyranny of a stanced Saab. Reader magus-21 wondered if stancing a car has a negative effect on its handling. KomradKickass replied as simply as possible:

Such is the power of understatement. Say less, y’all.