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".
Ah the best kind of deal. Pretty car, although quite understated in noir.
Shame about the Mera. For the right price it would be worth owning one just for cheap fun. I wonder who he'll try to hawk it to next. Keep checking the Thievesbay listings.
We are obviously on different sides of the coin re ubercars. I never really found the Countach attractive either. I am more apt to bemoan the loss of swoopy flowing designs, than appreciate the folded and pressed look that became so prevalent in the era. Squared off was allways a Mercedes thing in my mind.
On another note. The Tascams have proven to be a wonderful curse. I find myself grabbing them over a lot of stuff priced exponentially higher. They have become trustworthy and thus far only one track has forced me to alter the tuning a little. Thing like this make me stop and re evaluate mid priced and lower high end stuff on the market today.