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Snapshot, 1962: When you win a Ferrari California at the supermarket

Imagine: you’re out of milk, so you decide to walk over to the supermarket, wind up entering a raffle, and suddenly you’re the new owner of a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. That’s just what happened to the American teenager Jeff Stone…

Jeff Stone is a normal teenager in petty-bourgeois America in the early 1960s. He goes to school, belongs to a secret boys’ club, goes through pomade like it’s going out of fashion, and has no idea to behave when he learns a classmate has fallen in love with him. One day, he takes part in a raffle outside the local supermarket and draws a dud ticket. But then he finds another ticket, carelessly thrown on the floor. Suddenly, Jeff is the new owner of a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder and thus faced with the ultimate decision: remain silent and keep the Ferrari or track down the true winner of the car? 

In fact, Jeff does not really exist – he’s one of the characters on the brave American sitcom The Donna Reed Show. He’s played by Paul Peterson, who starred opposite Sophia Loren and Cary Grant as a child star and was the idol to countless young men in the prime of their adolescence, each of whom dreamed of driving a Ferrari into the sunset but instead had to struggle through their chemistry homework. To be completely honest, anyone who has outgrown those dreams probably won’t be reading this in the first place. 

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