Finally something broke

I was discussing my car with another Ferrari owner this weekend and when I closed the engine cover the rear light fell apart  🙁

Ferrari 308 taillight missing lens

This is the first time something has broken on the car since the day I took delivery years ago. On that day, the engine cover release cable broke while I was showing people the engine.

Ferrari 308 broken taillight

The lens for the reversing light cracked and fell out after the jolt from closing the engine cover above it. The reversing lights are inset into the center of the indicator lights on this model of 308. Looking at the remains, the glue used has turned to a white dust in the 37 intervening years. I suspect the crack is due to a combination of old, brittle plastic and the heat from incandescent bulbs. I knew the indicators were in fairly bad shape so I already have replacements on the shelf in their smart yellow boxes.

Ferrari original parts

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