Don't settle - you have the means get what you want.
I think the hunt is the best part and makes for a great story. If you wanted that 355 you would be posting as an owner. ...
Well, you said it best here. I wanted to update everyone who was so kind to help me here on my search.
I ended up not finding a 360 in my range, and I always loved the 355. But, every one I found had some major issues. In one instance, I found a Euro. car that had been imported, had been painted, and had no service history. Then, I found a perfect one at Boardwalk Lamborghini - it had $40K in service receipts . . . majors done regularly, catalytic converters, valve guides, exhaust manifolds, sticky panels/gauges, and everything. We reached a deal, and they were selling it on consignment . . . and, when I went to finalize the deal (including the dealership buying my Viper GTS from me) . . . the seller "changed his mind" and backed out. He said his car had to be worth more.
Boardwalk Lamborghini ended up asking him to pick the car up from them and that they no longer wanted to sell it if he was refusing solid offers, and I believe he since listed it at another dealership.
But, I kept looking very actively, did some test drives . . . and the one I fell in love with? The 550 Maranello, 6-Speed. I am currently working on pursuing one of three I've located . . . one that is lacking in service history completely, and all I know is that it has a new clutch in it.
But, the reputable selling dealership did a PPI on it (discovered some issues), and I am trying to purchase it with them doing a full Major and repair the issues in the PPI (about $8K worth of work at their shop).
My question is, how wrong could I go on a 550 Maranello with no service history if I immediately do a full major and remedy issues a PPI revealed knowing that it already has a brand new clutch? I'm probably still in the mid-$80K range for a 1997 . . . is that about market or relatively high?
550 Maranellos are pretty reliable specimens and decent first Ferraris for a first time F-Car owner, right? I know someone else mentioned that here earlier in the thread, which got me intrigued.
Any help and guidance, again, would be very appreciated.