[QUOTE=Scottish16M;576114]In one of the other threads I mentioned how great it would be to have kept our 1st cars & many others we've enjoyed along the way....many agreed this would be a great thread to enjoy....so here it is, add your ownership stories..[QUOTE]
First car and first Ferrari are not only two different things, it is extremely unlikely for anyone save perhaps Piero to have had a Ferrari as his first car, eh? My first car was a humble but wonderful 1950 flat-head V-8 Ford Tudor (for two-door) sedan, black with tan fabric interior and just three 'options' - heater, radio and overdrive operated by a tiny button to left of the clutch pedal. Bought it during my sophomore year in college with help from the pater, had to wait on tables and wash dishes in the kitchen of my fraternity house to help pay expenses and dad. Dreamt of adding Edelbrocks, straight exhausts and all sorts of hot rod stuff but never did. Sold it when I started Columbia Law School in New York City as insurance was very dear and street parking very difficult if not dangerous.
I'm taking the liberty of cutting and pasting, with small deletion, the post about my first Ferrari from the other thread that may have prompted the creation of this one:
My first Ferrari didn't make some money, it made lots of money. It was the 365GTC speciale #10581 that I bought from Luigi Chinetti in 1978 for $25,000. put another $25K into a complete engine/drive train tear-down mechanical restoration and a bare metal cosmetic re-do. Enjoyed the car for 29 years, lent it for exhibitions at the Behring Museum at Blackhawk CA, the Petersen Museum in Beverly Hills and the Saratoga Automobile Museum right here, and finnaly sold it at David Gooding's Pebble Beach auction in 2009 for $345,000. - buyer paid $380,000. After paying seller's commission and capital gains taxes, that car bought my 2004 575M Maranello, 1987 412GT, 1955 F355 berlinetta (sold a year ago), 2003 Maserati Spyder and 2006 Cadillac STS-V.
This last is a perfectly splendid car: world-class build quality, like Ferrari, Aston, AMG et al. a hand-built blue-printed 4-cam dry sump supercharged V-8, auto/manual 6-speed transmission, Brembos all-around. IMHO it will be a true collector car some day - total production over the four years of production = 2,503. If I didn't have one I'd have bought one offered on eBay for $25,900. with 43,000 miles.
Here's the 365GTC, first owner, Leopoldo Pirelli, CEO of his eponymous Company, in its argento/nero delivery livery, then with new paint by Bill deCarr in custom bordeaux/beige, a photo of the car, Piero Ferrari and me at the Petersen Museum Ferrari at 50 opening reception at which they introduced the 550 Maranello to North America, and finally the photo David Gooding's photographer took of the car and me the day it went off to Pebble Beach and the auction. Still in my mind the best all-around driving Ferrari of the 1980s. Still miss her. Attached Images
575M F1, 412GT, Maserati Spyder, Cadillac STS-V & CTS
past: 330/365GTC prototipi, F355b, 400iA, 308GT4 2+2, 330GT, Porsche 356b Super 90, BMW 1800ti
I want very little in life, only the best, and there's very little of that