Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Ferrari Life Posts: 290
Good price range for entry. Various possible models as suggested above:
1. 328: 1985-1989, bullet-proof technology, elegant lines, fairly fast yet easy to drive and maintain, most modern incarnation of the classic Dino/308-types. A very solid 2-seater entry option if I may say so
2. 308: 1975-1985, somewhat more classical 2-seater: the beautifully lined "Magnum"-model; typically a tad slower (i.e. those in the $30-40k price range since that excludes the light Vetroresina, which is easily twice as expensive)
3. 348: 1989-1995, more modern looking 2-seater with typical horizontal 'Testarossa'-slats. Opinions on this type vary strongly. Somewhat faster than the 328, likely cheaper to acquire, then again more expensive to keep up
4. 308 GT4: 1973-1980 2+2-seater, a bit of an acquired taste ('love it or hate it'), with its angular Bertone (rather than the regular Pininfarina) lines. Not the easiest car to get a solid specimen of, but quite enjoyable according to those few I know who own(ed) one
5. Mondial: 1980-1993. 4-seater, not the most popular Ferrari, but therefore a potentially value-for-money buy, provided you get a good one (which is not self-evident, many have been neglected). My preference would probably be for one of the later (3.2QV) models
6. 400/412: 1976-1989. quite sizeable 4 seater. A bit less sporty looking than the models above, and sporting a 12 cylinders front-mounted engine (rather than the mid-engined 8 cylinders above). Don't know much about them, but do hear these are hard to find and maintain in proper condition
7. etc.: there are a few more obscure variations around like the 365 GT4 (a proto-version of the 400/412), the 208 and 208 Turbo (Italian market small displacement versions of the 308/328), etc. Wouldn't bother with one of these as a start though
Choice really depends on personal preference, budget to a certain extent (esp. differentiated in terms of maintenance and reserves) and what you want it for: solo drives (2-seater) versus taking the family out for a spin (4-seater)? relatively modern versus classic looks? traditional technology (carbs) versus more modern versions (injection)? rigid body (GTB) versus open drive (GTS), etc.
Have a look around, ask yourself and people here a few of such questions, test drive some of these models, and generally speaking: buy the best you can afford (which will pay off in avoiding major and expensive trouble!)
Best of luck!
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Last edited by IPF; 12-18-2010 at 06:39 AM.