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I couldn't even float the guy an offer, it was... pathetic, really. I've seen good, well-made kit cars, I own several, but that isn't one of them. Maybe from 100', if you close one eye and squint with the other, it looks okay, but standing anywhere near it, well, it looked like junk (vinyl Ferrari badge stickers!). It didn't help that it was scratched up and dirty, it looked like someone had drug it through a $1 car wash along the way and thought, "that'll do it!" Honestly, I've always wanted to see one and the disappointment is huge. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I couldn't even float the guy an offer, it was... pathetic, really. I've seen good, well-made kit cars, I own several, but that isn't one of them. Maybe from 100', if you close one eye and squint with the other, it looks okay, but standing anywhere near it, well, it looked like junk (vinyl Ferrari badge stickers!). It didn't help that it was scratched up and dirty, it looked like someone had drug it through a $1 car wash along the way and thought, "that'll do it!" Honestly, I've always wanted to see one and the disappointment is huge. frown.gif


Thing is for 50 grand you can buy a Three Oh series Ferrari, with real badges and everything. Hope you got pics of it. I'd love to see how it compares with the one that used to live up the road.

post #6243 of 9247
Under $33K OBO for a really nice black 308GTSi in Florida:
http://bringatrailer.com/2014/02/11/blackblack-1980-ferrari-308-gtsi/

Or $34K for a red one in Atlanta:
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=138436206

I would only buy a Mera as a side-show exhibit to a Ferrari collection, maybe to put next to one of these:
http://www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum-auction-database/1984-agostini-auto-junior-ferrari-308-gts_22727

Or, maybe so little kids could have their picture taken in a Fauxrrari, and you wouldn't care if they puked on the seats...
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Under $33K OBO for a really nice black 308GTSi in Florida:
http://bringatrailer.com/2014/02/11/blackblack-1980-ferrari-308-gtsi/

Or $34K for a red one in Atlanta:
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=138436206

I would only buy a Mera as a side-show exhibit to a Ferrari collection, maybe to put next to one of these:
http://www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum-auction-database/1984-agostini-auto-junior-ferrari-308-gts_22727

Or, maybe so little kids could have their picture taken in a Fauxrrari, and you wouldn't care if they puked on the seats...


That Agostini would be killer if it was just a bit bigger and with an electric powerplant.

 

A mera for between 5 and 10 grand in mint condition might be worth a look. But It is a curio more than anything else.

 

The 30... market has not taken off yet. Surprises me as the timing is about right. I wonder if the early fibreglass lower clamshell models are of any interest.

Magic, any info there.

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IMO, the Ferrari to get, in terms of value for money, is a Testarossa. The flat-12 wailing behind your head is extremely satisfying and they're fast enough to be truly exciting, also the of feel of the gated shifter... yeah, definitely the Testarossa.

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&listingId=136430878&aff=aol
http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/ferrari/testarossa/1611635.html
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

IMO, the Ferrari to get, in terms of value for money, is a Testarossa. The flat-12 wailing behind your head is extremely satisfying and they're fast enough to be truly exciting, also the of feel of the gated shifter... yeah, definitely the Testarossa.

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&listingId=136430878&aff=aol
http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/ferrari/testarossa/1611635.html


Yeah but it's so damn ugly. I'd seriously buy a 400i before that abortion on wheels that was named after a truly great Ferrari. I mean that car is just circus ugly.

 

Your 512BB must just jump sideways trying to disassociate itself when it's near one.

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Not the best looking Ferrari, true, but in black it looks good...and the nostalgia factor is high with me. (as it seems to be with the Monkey as well) :D 

And what a sound! 

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Under $33K OBO for a really nice black 308GTSi in Florida:
http://bringatrailer.com/2014/02/11/blackblack-1980-ferrari-308-gtsi/

Or $34K for a red one in Atlanta:
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=138436206

I would only buy a Mera as a side-show exhibit to a Ferrari collection, maybe to put next to one of these:
http://www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum-auction-database/1984-agostini-auto-junior-ferrari-308-gts_22727

Or, maybe so little kids could have their picture taken in a Fauxrrari, and you wouldn't care if they puked on the seats...

Why not get a real 308 ferrari and just say its a mera :tongue:

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Compared to other Ferrari cars, the 512 Testarossa is ugly. But compared to other late 1980s cars, it is beautiful. Let's face it, in 1987, the bar was set pretty low.

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Compared to other Ferrari cars, the 512 Testarossa is ugly. But compared to other late 1980s cars, it is beautiful. Let's face it, in 1987, the bar was set pretty low.

 

I wasn't around in the 80s, but (from my viewpoint) it looks like designers just forgot how to draw a curve.

 

Did we really need such a mess to realize that curves are BOTH functional and beautiful?

 

Why? Was it because of the craggy = jet-fighters = fast marketing argument ?

 

I don't care how insanely cool it is, I don't want my cars to look like an F-117.

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Sometimes, having angles is an improvement over what came before...

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Sometimes, having angles is an improvement over what came before...

Heh...imagine a Pacer sleeper, with a supercharged small-block V-8 inside. Love to torment some of the kids around here (with the coffee-can sized mufflers on their 4-cylinder imports) at stoplights!

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Compared to other Ferrari cars, the 512 Testarossa is ugly. But compared to other late 1980s cars, it is beautiful. Let's face it, in 1987, the bar was set pretty low.


Funny you should post those pics. At the time the TR hit the street the saying went. GM tried to make a Ferrari with the second gen Firebird, Now with the TR, Ferrari tried to make a GM. The Firebird front end, the sewer grate all the way back and the original rearview mirror that stuckout on a stalk from the top of the drivers door just made you think the SCUD had finally succumbed to dementia. Not a stellar time for Ferrari particularly coming on the heels of the GT4 "Italian Corvair"

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Heh...imagine a Pacer sleeper, with a supercharged small-block V-8 inside. Love to torment some of the kids around here (with the coffee-can sized mufflers on their 4-cylinder imports) at stoplights!


The Pacer actually came with a 5 Litre V8 in its later years. It needed it, curb weight was close to 3600 lbs.

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The Testarossa was one of my poster cars as a teen, along with the Countach and an F40. Today, I know the design is flawed, compared to other Ferrari models, before and after, it's clunky, but I just don't care. It has presence, an amazing sound, and is more fun to drive today than it was when it came out (because of tire advancements). Not all Ferraris are pretty, but they aren't supposed to be, their mark is to make something striking and memorable, and standing next to a Testarossa is definitely that. Flaws and all, it's still a great car. In fact, the only thing I changed on my 512 TR, aside from grippier rubber, was the brakes. Overall, from a driver's perspective, those are the technologies that have improved the most in the last two decades. With some wrenches and patience you can even dial-in the suspension with reasonable effectiveness, something that can't really be said about the 308/328 without aftermarket help.



Mera guy called, again, saying he was willing to be flexible on his price (oh really?) and could come down to $35,000. Heh. Not really wanting to prolong the whole thing, because I'm bored with it, I told him point blank that the car isn't worth more than $15000 at best, because it really is just a Fiero with a dealer-added body kit. He got mad. Then I added that it's in awful condition, inside and out, and was leaking oil in 3 places (valve covers, front seal, and oil pan), meaning that would need to be rebuilt. Factoring in parts and labor to restore it, I could give him $5,000. He hung-up on me. Damn, another missed opportunity, I'm crushed!



Really neat car here, it's the only black-on-black M/T F430 ever sold in the USA, one of only 3 ever made, and the only one with all available performance options that year (incl CC brakes). Also it's an `08 with only 10k miles on it and it's been mechanically upgraded to Scuderia spec (ECU and valve job), by a place we've actually heard of, is up-to-date on all service, and he was asking below book value.





It was one of the shortest negotiations ever, took ~7 minutes. The seller said, "I feel like I left money on the table", and I replied, "I feel the same way, so it's probably fine".
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