What you need to realise is that there are huge variety of things that affect the value, and some people attach greater importance to certain things than others. For instance, there are owners out there that would not even consider the car unless it had original tools and books but they might not care about it driving well. Others don't give a hoot about books but are willing to pay extra for a well maintained one. Some people drive their Dino on a $2k budget a year, some people spend more than $10k a year. If you really
want your classic Ferrari to stay the best of the best, it's going to cost you lots of money. If you don't, then the car will slowly start deteriorating until it needs TLC. There's nothing particularly wrong with either approach, they're just different ways of enjoying the car.
I think you always need to find the car that suits YOU. Don't worry about resale so much, we can't predict the future anyway and it all depends on the person that you run into too.
So - you are looking for a good driver and you're shocked by $10k for books and tools. My deduction from the latter is that you're new to the vintage Ferrari scene. Having gone through that process myself in the last 2 years, what I recommend is the following:
1. Be extremely weary of so-called 'driver' cars, unless you know the car personally. A tatty car can
mean that someone spent all the money at mechanicals instead of cosmetics, but usually it means that they didn't spend what they should on mechanicals. If there is a decent service record for recent years, including nice regular mileage (i.e. regular use) then that goes a long way in giving you confidence.
2. Electrics are a nightmare if not on the button. Fixing them can become costly and sometimes after you've spent a lot of money it's still coming back. Then the only option is to strip the car and redo all the wiring.
3. Decide what you're buying the car for. Is it a long-term commitment? Then I would go for a car with good history record and as many original parts as possible. Tools and books don't seem important but I've got them with my 330 and I haven't with my Boxer and now I wish I had. I would also seriously think about the restoration that might be needed in future. Plan for it and have realistic expectations about cost. $150k -$200k is a reasonable number to start with, if you really want quality and a ground-up restoration with new interior to original specs. Seems like a lot of money but if it really is your dream car, it might make you happier than a new kitchen and bathroom.
4. If you already know you want a car fully restored at some point, there is a lot to be said for buying a tatty one. It gives a lot of satisfaction to save a car like that. But you will need patience, and again a decent history file is preferable.
5. If you don't want to restore the car nor keep it very long, then only recent history is important. If the car has had regular use, that is a huge relief. Nevertheless, be prepared to front some decent bills. You might get lucky, and when you sell it even make a profit. But be prepared.
When I realised my Boxer wasn't all it should be, about 6 months ago, I had to make the decision: cut and run or restore. The first option was by far the cheapest. But I made the decision to put more money into the car, as I think it deserves it. This is a very personal decision and there is no right or wrong. But the point is that this car was restored in 2007/2008 and it's still not a good car, even though I was I careful semi-experienced buyer. So I advise you to tread carefully.
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