I hope no one minds a "my car might be for sale" thread. I'm just kicking the idea around. I really don't know if I want to sell it or not.
I've had issues with my left knee in the past, and the 308's clutch pedal (it's heavy, plus the angle) is starting to bother it. I've been driving the 308 a lot (almost daily) this summer; it didn't bother my knee before because I hadn't been driving it that much. I had the same thing happen (being irritated by a clutch pedal) about 11-12 years ago, and after a lot of wasted time in doctors' offices, the problem went away after I switched from a Fiero to a 944 as daily transport. That was a long time ago, and I had more or less forgotten about it and thought my knee was fine, but now it's like deja vu with the 308.
I'm captivated by the 308's beauty and craftsmanship, and the engine is so sweet and smooth, but ultimately my physical condition is more important, and it just isn't fun to me to keep something that I know I can't enjoy fully and without reservation.
So, I'm thinking about selling. I like the GTBi. I waited a long time (close to 3 years) for the right car, and I always envisioned keeping this car as kind of a family heirloom. It has a solidity about it that the GTS models don't have that makes me feel that way. And the curves are so perfect and classic, and the details and craftsmanship in both the body and interior give it a sense of splendor that few cars have.
On the other hand, I've been servicing a Maserati Merak for someone, and that has rekindled my interest in obtaining one of my own. I've come very close to buying a Merak on a few occasions in the past; I've always adored them. I feel I really must have some kind of Italian car, and the Merak -- taking the role of a bit more of a relaxed grand tourer without losing the excitement of a mid-engined sports car -- would be a nice complement to my Esprits.
So I'm debating -- keep 308, sell 308 and buy Merak (trade, anyone?), or just sell and have one fewer car to look after (I have seven classics at the moment).
I'll be honest -- "should I sell" threads are thinly veiled classified ads. As undecided or "only thinking about it" as an owner might be, no one posts a "should I sell" thread without hoping, in part at least, that a buyer might help them decide. The best way to buy a good example of a car is to wrest one from the hands of a caring owner. You guys (active members and lurkers of FerrariLife) have first crack at it (I'm not going to post a thread like this on the other forum). If anyone really wants one, now might be a good time to try me. I won't give away a good car that I adore, but I will be realistic about the price.