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I had a Marvin The Martian analog watch.....much cooler than Mickey IMO.  Then I gave it to a girl that wanted it, and for all that got me, I should have kept the watch. rolleyes.gif

Ain't that typical? Funny how that never stops happening, no matter how old you are. rolleyes.gif
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Ain't that typical? Funny how that never stops happening, no matter how old you are. rolleyes.gif


I smell worst date thread fodder about.

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Okay, here's a goodie. The NSX, you know it's one of my favorite cars of all time, ranked #4 on my top 20. Well, this one going up for sale in Anaheim has been wrecked, but not "salvaged", and the work was well done too. Plus it has 115k miles on the odo, which for an "exotic" is kinda high, but it has complete service records and it's a Honda... so it'll run forever as long as you change the fluids. Also, it's an Auto (bleh), but a M/T swap is actually rather simple and not too crazy (the GB is shared with several other models), if you want to do that down the road.

Well, those 3 reasons will keep this one under $30k, I'm betting, and that's a super bargain blaster. If you want such an animal, and any sane car guy would, that's the ticket. Not only for fun, but as a good investment too, because their value is climbing at a rate of >5% /quarter without signs of slowing down.

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=AN1113-168152&

Sexy color, too. cool.gif
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I smell worst date thread fodder about.

Not really, just the cold reality that married men seldom ever personally own anything. "Oh, that looks neat." *yoink*
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Not really, just the cold reality that married men seldom ever personally own anything. "Oh, that looks neat." *yoink*


I don't think marriage has much to do with it.

 

Experience has taught me to never let a girfriend try your Serengetti's on though.

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Appears we found a cool project in Houston. This Enzo, which is a little famous, due to being the first ever wrecked in the USA back in 2004, has been sitting, neglected for >10 years. The guy who bought it like this intended to fix it but never got around to it, plus he was getting jerked around by the Italians trying to get parts. We've personally never had issues getting parts from Ferrari, but we use flattery and small bribes, rather than bluster and threats. What's their incentive to help you? If you yell at them you only make them more stubborn and obnoxious, and in that respect Italians are just like Latinos, and being one of those I know from experience. biggrin.gif Our office manager is usually a sweetheart, and she can really lay on the southern charm, leaving the Italian parts guys fumbling all over themselves to help her. We had all the Aventador parts in <2 weeks, which is faster than the dealerships could get them and we even got the same discount! Naturally Ferrari is a little harder to work with, but I don't mind using small bribes, if it helps to get things done.




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I don't think marriage has much to do with it.


Experience has taught me to never let a girfriend try your Serengetti's on though.

Oh, you're so wrong there. biggrin.gif Right after the wedding they automatically think of everything you have as "ours".
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Appears we found a cool project in Houston. This Enzo, which is a little famous, due to being the first ever wrecked in the USA back in 2004, has been sitting, neglected for >10 years. The guy who bought it like this intended to fix it but never got around to it, plus he was getting jerked around by the Italians trying to get parts. We've personally never had issues getting parts from Ferrari, but we use flattery and small bribes, rather than bluster and threats. What's their incentive to help you? If you yell at them you only make them more stubborn and obnoxious, and in that respect Italians are just like Latinos, and being one of those I know from experience. biggrin.gif Our office manager is usually a sweetheart, and she can really lay on the southern charm, leaving the Italian parts guys fumbling all over themselves to help her. We had all the Aventador parts in <2 weeks, which is faster than the dealerships could get them and we even got the same discount! Naturally Ferrari is a little harder to work with, but I don't mind using small bribes, if it helps to get things done.



Oh, you're so wrong there. biggrin.gif Right after the wedding they automatically think of everything you have as "ours".


Ah Enzo Ressurectus! Slick little project. Don't think of it as a bribe, it's a transactional surtax:).

 

Never tried the wedding thing wouldn't have a clue how to go about it, and I'm sticking to that story. I found that giving a key to your place has pretty much much the same effect. Oddly like some credit card for shopping in your place.

Serengettis though, jesus, never let em try em on or they're just gone. Must be something in that tint that reacts with estrogen.

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Ah Enzo Ressurectus! Slick little project. Don't think of it as a bribe, it's a transactional surtax:).

Never tried the wedding thing wouldn't have a clue how to go about it, and I'm sticking to that story. I found that giving a key to your place has pretty much much the same effect. Oddly like some credit card for shopping in your place.
Serengettis though, jesus, never let em try em on or they're just gone. Must be something in that tint that reacts with estrogen.

Ahh - well, that explains a lot. There are two types of money in a married household. "Her" money, and "Our" money. Her money can only be used for clothes, shoes, purses, vacations and for her to use after you die.

I would think bribes are a mandatory add-on when dealing with the Italian companies. After all, they have to pay the local mafioso & gov't officials to get deliveries sent to them, pay to have boxes picked-up, pay to have the boxes loaded on the aircraft & ships, pay to get the correct gov't paperwork & stamps, etc, etc.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/bribes-are-part-of-doing-business-says-former-italian-prime-minister-silvio-berlusconi-8497443.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23199256
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/humiliated-exprime-minister-silvio-berlusconi-rages-at-italian-court-that-declared-him-a-tax-fraud-8742878.html
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Ahh - well, that explains a lot. There are two types of money in a married household. "Her" money, and "Our" money. Her money can only be used for clothes, shoes, purses, vacations and for her to use after you die.

I would think bribes are a mandatory add-on when dealing with the Italian companies. After all, they have to pay the local mafioso & gov't officials to get deliveries sent to them, pay to have boxes picked-up, pay to have the boxes loaded on the aircraft & ships, pay to get the correct gov't paperwork & stamps, etc, etc.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/bribes-are-part-of-doing-business-says-former-italian-prime-minister-silvio-berlusconi-8497443.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23199256
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/humiliated-exprime-minister-silvio-berlusconi-rages-at-italian-court-that-declared-him-a-tax-fraud-8742878.html

Pity the French. Imagine having to go through all that with a mistress as well.:eek:

 

Laughs. Charging an Italian with tax fraud is like giving a speeding ticket at an F1 race.

 

Seems to be a latin thing. Throughout Mexico and SA a gratuity is pretty much mandatory in any interaction.

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Ah Enzo Ressurectus! Slick little project. Don't think of it as a bribe, it's a transactional surtax:).

Never tried the wedding thing wouldn't have a clue how to go about it, and I'm sticking to that story. I found that giving a key to your place has pretty much much the same effect. Oddly like some credit card for shopping in your place.
Serengettis though, jesus, never let em try em on or they're just gone. Must be something in that tint that reacts with estrogen.

We'll see. Our guesstimate is ~$400k in parts, if the price weren't attractive it would be a harder pill to swallow. One thing that bugs me is that this is such a limited production car, only 375 left, and it's been rotting all this time. Fortunately, it does start and they have kept it covered indoors, rather than kept outside in the elements.

To me this feels better than simply buying one, we're helping preserve an historical vehicle. I know we can get it back to new (it has 180 miles on it), the Aventador taught me what they're capable of, so I know my guys are up to the challenge. Oh, and we will paint it black, of course. biggrin.gif

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Ahh - well, that explains a lot. There are two types of money in a married household. "Her" money, and "Our" money. Her money can only be used for clothes, shoes, purses, vacations and for her to use after you die.

I would think bribes are a mandatory add-on when dealing with the Italian companies. After all, they have to pay the local mafioso & gov't officials to get deliveries sent to them, pay to have boxes picked-up, pay to have the boxes loaded on the aircraft & ships, pay to get the correct gov't paperwork & stamps, etc, etc.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/bribes-are-part-of-doing-business-says-former-italian-prime-minister-silvio-berlusconi-8497443.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23199256
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/humiliated-exprime-minister-silvio-berlusconi-rages-at-italian-court-that-declared-him-a-tax-fraud-8742878.html

Yep, to me it's a given, you have to grease the wheels with these people, and while that certainly puts some off, it's simply the way they are and it doesn't bother me in the least. "Hey, I want to order $400k worth of parts and need them this month, how would you like a new Ducati Panigale R?" wink.gif


My wife is nervous about money, she talks with me about any big purchases, but if it's something that's already bought it's 100% fair game.
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Other than the color, are you keeping it all-stock?

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We'll see. Our guesstimate is ~$400k in parts, if the price weren't attractive it would be a harder pill to swallow. One thing that bugs me is that this is such a limited production car, only 375 left, and it's been rotting all this time. Fortunately, it does start and they have kept it covered indoors, rather than kept outside in the elements.

To me this feels better than simply buying one, we're helping preserve an historical vehicle. I know we can get it back to new (it has 180 miles on it), the Aventador taught me what they're capable of, so I know my guys are up to the challenge. Oh, and we will paint it black, of course. biggrin.gif
Yep, to me it's a given, you have to grease the wheels with these people, and while that certainly puts some off, it's simply the way they are and it doesn't bother me in the least. "Hey, I want to order $400k worth of parts and need them this month, how would you like a new Ducati Panigale R?" wink.gif


My wife is nervous about money, she talks with me about any big purchases, but if it's something that's already bought it's 100% fair game.


Good lord. Someone actually managed to do that much  damage in only 180 miles? WoW. It rather becomes mandatory to restore it at that point. Might make a neat little speciality film if you know of any decent video shooters.

 

What would an Enzo go for now (if there are any with that low a mileage out there)?

 

and yes I'd love a Panigale R:)

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Good lord. Someone actually managed to do that much  damage in only 180 miles? WoW. It rather becomes mandatory to restore it at that point. Might make a neat little speciality film if you know of any decent video shooters.

What would an Enzo go for now (if there are any with that low a mileage out there)?

and yes I'd love a Panigale R:)

Yeah it didn't live very long, the guy smashed it after 2 weeks. They go for $1.5M-2M now, depending on mileage, which is double its original MSRP.
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Other than the color, are you keeping it all-stock?

We'll balance and blueprint the engine, rebuild the transmission, and try some ECU tuning, then see where we are. It'll stay N/A, though.
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Yeah it didn't live very long, the guy smashed it after 2 weeks. They go for $1.5M-2M now, depending on mileage, which is double its original MSRP.
We'll balance and blueprint the engine, rebuild the transmission, and try some ECU tuning, then see where we are. It'll stay N/A, though.


That makes the resto price quite attractive.

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