I have been looking around for a long time to find a good F40. Those I have seen were either to pricy (or outrages expensive) or not well cared for. While waiting along this I joined the forum and "Boxer" was answering a specific question I had concerning Daytonas and Boxsters. He especially mentioned that you would always prefer a 365 BB over a 512 BB or Daytona. With this in mind I started to look around. While trying to locate a 365 BB, I happened to test drive a wonderful, perfectly restored 512 BBi. The care looks great and has a very prominent ownership history. Price around Euro 90'. When I test drove the car, it runed very smooth and nice...but (having experience F40, F50 and stradale's) I doubted that this car has the 340 horsepower expected. It just felt very "normal" ?!
After this, my trusted mechanic said that this has clearly to do with the difference between injected and carburator versions of the Boxer and strongly indicated not to look for a injected version anymore.
In the meantime I got to contact a very nice elderly man who wants to sell his 365 BB (18475) in my region. Therefore today, I went right away to this Gentleman and looked at the car from every angle. The engine and gearbox has been totally restored 8'000 Km ago (7years), has no smoke at all and runs
very, very smooth. I drove the car and its really quite a difference between the 512 BBi and this 365 BB in favor of the 365 BB (Boxer, you have been very correct about this). To makes thing look even brighter, this car came just back from a 11' Euro interior job at Luppi in Italy. Inside it could not look better.
When I took the car on the lift, things looked different. All "Kautschuk" parts, tubes, need to be replaced. The exhaust system is one from a 512 BB (not beautiful), Tyres need to be new. The lower part of the back body (black) needs to be replaced, because somebody cut in additional space to convert to bigger exhaust pipes. Carburation and ignition is working very good. The belts needs to be changed. The shock absorbers need to be restored and all the Kautschuk around moving parts at the suspension needs to be replaced as well. All brake tubes as well plus a generall check up of everything. By opening the frond hood I realised that the cosmetics of the moulded zone (spare tyre) looks very worn out. O.k. there are many things to do and normally I would not look further, since I know that such a car could/would be a BIG project. On the other hand:
1. Its a rare 365 BB
2. Luppi interior
3. Engine and Gearbox almost new
4. Price slightly below Euro 90'
Summarizing all this I would expect to invest around 30' additional Euros to get it nice, save and clean all around. An additional 20' Euros would bring it cosmetically to the original color and clean again. Nearby I have a very trustful person, working on old Ferraris since over 20 years. He would be competent, experienced and able to do all this within the next 4 - 6 months.
1. Would you go for this 365 BB project?
2. Do I look at the 365 BB just because I do not find "my" F40, and you would suggest that I rather should stick to my initial idea and just wait for the correct F40 to come?
3. Do I forget something important to consider in my thoughts on the project or generally?
I would like to thank you all in advance to help move on my decision finding process. All thought, ideas are really welcomed !