Perhaps tellingly, Ferrari's own press release on its new Classic Car Module in the Ferrari North Europe apprentice scheme talks about the example of (sic) 'a down-draught 6-carb Webber' without irony, but we can blame it on its author's need to go on the Classic Car Module him/herself. It does make the cogent point, though, that most school-leavers have no understanding of a ballast-resistor ignition system, the carburettor array just alluded to, or a 'straight-cut dog-mesh gearbox' are, nor even what any pre-synchromesh gearbox is like to use.
The course covers all of the above, plus magneto ignition, dynamos, distributors with contact breakers (including twin-points systems as used in some 1970s Dinos and no doubt others), and mechanical fuel injection systems. It doesn't mention drum brakes, leaf springs or lever-arm dampers, though; it's just engines to begin with.
For someone like me, who has grown up with all this stuff, these simple, old-fashioned mechanical systems form my mental jumping-off point for what a car is. It's simple to visualise and understand, almost Ladybird Books material, and anything more sophisticated and modern then overlays it and modifies it.
What saddens me is that a modern car can't be seen in such terms because it's full of sensors and computer code, things you can't watch operating in a mechanical, cause-and-effect way, so the building blocks of watching and learning aren't there. You just have to take it for granted, or seek proof in a digital diagnostic read-out. This, I am sure, is why younger folk aren't as engaged with cars as they used to be. There's less to see, to do, to adjust, to fix.