1985 Mondial With Turbo Worth Considering?
A little over a year ago I agreed to buy my wife a larger house in exchange for "permission" to purchase a "fun" car. I have always wanted a Ferrari 348, and began the search.
To hold me over until I found a suitable 348, I purchased a BMW M Roadster. The M Roadster was going to be my learning platform -- I wanted to get my driving skills up to the level that I wanted before I purchased the Ferrari. I don't know if my skills have improved, but I have learned one thing from the BMW: I really want four seats. (I have two small children, and it is a real bummer that my wife and I and our kids can't all jump in the fun car for those Norman Rockwall Sunday drives.)
Exit 348, enter Mondial.
To make a long story short (too late), I've been searching for about 6 months for a Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet -- preferably in black. Maintenance records are a must. Recent service is desired. You know, the normal stuff.
Recently a 1985 Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet became available in Dallas (where I live). The car is black, has 66k miles (with last major performed at 60k), has maintenance records, is in good condition, etc. (The relatively high miles don't really bother me, as long as the car has been maintained well.) The asking price for the car is $28k. (Perhaps a little high for the mileage...) The seller has agreed to a PPI, and has given me the name of the shop that performs maintenance on the vehicle.
Here's the "problem" -- the car has a "Turbonetics turbocharger and Norwood fuel MAP." I've researched Bob Norwood, his history with turbocharging Ferraris, but there is little to go on. I have no idea about the maintainability of the system. I am also not a big believer in "enhancing" an engine that was designed for normal aspiration -- especially a high-revving, high-temperature engine from a Ferrari. My gut is telling me to walk away, but before I do, I wanted to see what others thought.
Would you consider purchasing a Ferrari 3.2 with a turbocharger?