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That's some desireable paint job on that Testarossa!!
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As a youngster getting the train from East Horsley station in Surrey which was right next to Modena Engineering the Ferrari main agent who used to have most of their cars parked outside on the forecourt - 308's, boxers and various older models. Used to spend hours looking over them.
The other end of my train journey was usually Milford in Surrey and this resulted in me walking past a house that had PEA 3 - a beautiful blue 308 GTB parked on the driveway.
What a great commute.

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My story:

As a child, my father and I shared a love of cars, and we would talk for hours about cars in general and Ferraris in particular. He had missed an opportunity to buy an inexpensive one in the early '60s, and it was one of his few regrets of the era - but he was a young physician at the time and finances did not permit. As the years passed he remained a physician, and Ferraris became just a pipe dream; in the meantime I went into software.

Fast forward to early 2000 - the DotCom bubble was in full swing, and I was an engineering director at E.piphany, one of the hotter IPOs of late '99. My father was turning 60 that year, and as was my family's tradition, we assembled at Mama's fish house in Maui. I had been talking up the fact that there was an exotic car rental business on Maui which had a red 348, and that the weather was perfect for a little targa-top cruising. Thus was the seed of misdirection planted.

When in due course dinner was finished, I presented my father with three gift boxes. The first had a card which talked about it being his 60th birthday, and how he'd always loved Ferraris; inside the box was a Ferrari polo shirt. The second gift box had a card which expanded on the fact that Maui had a Ferrari rental business which had a convertible, and inside the second box was a Ferrari baseball hat.

The card on the third box said "Unfortunately, when I contacted Exotics of Maui, they had no cars available for the weekend of our visit. I then called Ferrari of New England [where he lived] to see if they could help me. They said that unfortunately they had just sold their last convertible, a red 1997 F355 Spider, to some kid in California who had bought it for his father for his 60th birthday. Happy 60th, dad - some dreams are worth waiting for." And inside the third box were his owner's manuals and the keys to his Ferrari.

For as long as I live, that will be one of the best days of my life. And so, Ferraris have a special place in my heart.
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My story:

As a child, my father and I shared a love of cars, and we would talk for hours about cars in general and Ferraris in particular. He had missed an opportunity to buy an inexpensive one in the early '60s, and it was one of his few regrets of the era - but he was a young physician at the time and finances did not permit. As the years passed he remained a physician, and Ferraris became just a pipe dream; in the meantime I went into software.

Fast forward to early 2000 - the DotCom bubble was in full swing, and I was an engineering director at E.piphany, one of the hotter IPOs of late '99. My father was turning 60 that year, and as was my family's tradition, we assembled at Mama's fish house in Maui. I had been talking up the fact that there was an exotic car rental business on Maui which had a red 348, and that the weather was perfect for a little targa-top cruising. Thus was the seed of misdirection planted.

When in due course dinner was finished, I presented my father with three gift boxes. The first had a card which talked about it being his 60th birthday, and how he'd always loved Ferraris; inside the box was a Ferrari polo shirt. The second gift box had a card which expanded on the fact that Maui had a Ferrari rental business which had a convertible, and inside the second box was a Ferrari baseball hat.

The card on the third box said "Unfortunately, when I contacted Exotics of Maui, they had no cars available for the weekend of our visit. I then called Ferrari of New England [where he lived] to see if they could help me. They said that unfortunately they had just sold their last convertible, a red 1997 F355 Spider, to some kid in California who had bought it for his father for his 60th birthday. Happy 60th, dad - some dreams are worth waiting for." And inside the third box were his owner's manuals and the keys to his Ferrari.

For as long as I live, that will be one of the best days of my life. And so, Ferraris have a special place in my heart.
What a great story! If there can be only one thing better than buying your first Ferrari, then it is probably buying one for your Dad. What a great thing to be able to do.

Thanks for sharing the experience.

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@treynor: Your story is almost tear producing. What a great thing to do. Congrats for your effort. Well done !
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Hi guys,

Great story,...I cannot wait until Bryan reads it!

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Hi guys,

Great story,...I cannot wait until Bryan reads it!

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Would you like me to forward it to him
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I am not buying you a Ferrari, dad.

Hat and shirt? no problem.
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Aw shucks, I was really hoping for 0560 with the original 857 motor...

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I was thinking 0574, but maybe we shouldn't go there . . . .
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I was thinking 0574, but maybe we shouldn't go there . . . .
Once Mondial 500 addicted....always Mondial 500 addicted.......?!:steeringwhe el:
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LOL! You guys crack me up!


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Once Mondial 500 addicted....always Mondial 500 addicted.......?!:steeringwhe el:
Ah yes, but 0560 was not a 500 Mondial and I also believe that it was not a 750 Monza either. As for 0574, that too could be a messy history puzzle. Perhaps I should have let these sleeping dogs lie. On the other hand this segment of this thread is clearly one of the reasons that some people "get into Ferraris". Early Ferrari history with incomplete documentation is better than any fictional mystery novels.

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BTW Admiral, I had the privilege of seeing 0620 (the only LHD 500TR I was told) at Egidio Brandoli's shop near Modena two weeks ago. It's just a body shell at the moment, the aluminium being reshaped and reinforced. Wonderful artisans at Brandoli, truly spectacular craftsmanship.


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That really was an awesome story.

Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway!
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BTW Admiral, I had the privilege of seeing 0620 (the only LHD 500TR I was told) at Egidio Brandoli's shop near Modena two weeks ago. It's just a body shell at the moment, the aluminium being reshaped and reinforced. Wonderful artisans at Brandoli, truly spectacular craftsmanship.


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0620MDTR also appears to have a nice, solid racing history in the late 50s; Giro di Sicilia, Targa Florio, Monthlery, Messina, 1000km of Buenos Aires, etc.

0620 was also notable because it was owned and/or campaigned almost exclusively by two female owner/drivers, Gilberte Thirion and Anna Maria Peduzzi. Here are two pics of Thirion in 0620 (note the stylish bracelet); I hope Brandoli restores it to its original windscreen configuration. Thirion was a close friend of Olivier Gendebien (pic).
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I'm not a F car owner "yet", but working on it.

Of course, like many, Magnum influenced me BUT

The first Ferrari I realy saw up close and bit me the most was a 308 GTB in Montréal.


Gilles Villeneuve was driving it and he was going in a restaurant with Guy Lafleur (legendary hockey player in Montréal)


Villeneuve was not that big but Lafleur, is a big man, so getting out of the 308 was a bit of a challenge for him.
Anyway, they chatted with us for a minute and went into the restaurant, I stayed a while just staring at the car.

That's where it all began, the 308 really struck me hard.


Still got a few family matter to take care first and finish off a 72 Corvette project I started a while ago.
Meanwhile, I'm lurking and learning everytime.

In a publicity for Harley Davidson, Willy G. says that once the idea of owning a Harley gets into your head... it never leaves!
It will fade at some point but wont leave.

I think it's the same with Ferraris


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