More an FYI post for people who happen to care...
Been doing some soul (and price) searching. It appears that 2005 Red/Tan F430 Spider F1 cars are dropping pretty close into my price range.
I'll have to kick in about an extra 10 percent over my self-imposed spending cap, but that's not a big deal - not gonna break the bank.
I could spend mid- or upper-90's for a clean 360 Spider F1, or spend around $110k (yes, I checked thoroughly multiple times through multiple outlets) for a decent 2005 F430 spider with around 30k miles on the clock. Not worried too much about miles, as long as maintenance is up to speed.
So, since the F430 is dropping close into range, it makes more sense to me from the long term view. I'll be in the F430 for around 6-7 years until the 458 Italia's start to drop into range, probably. Otherwise, I'd be in a 360 for 3-4 years, then upgrade to the F430, then go 458 Italia. This way, I get more car today to drive for a longer term.
Anyway, I'm changing my search to focus on F430's, and since there aren't many appreciable differences from 2005-2007, I'll probably go with a nice 2005 example to stay close to my budget. I've already upped the budget once on the 360 front, so I can do it again for a F430 - what an amazing car!
Plus, heck, I've driven a Red/Tan F430 Spider F1 before, and I will testify that it was intoxicating, and was the single most important factor sending me down the road to future Ferrari ownership!
At the perceived incremental cost difference, the F430 presents a compelling case. Also, the annual maintenance on the F430 will be less, and in some cases, perhaps even half the cost of the 360 maintenance. Of course, that depends on the actual car.
So, I'm off to the range. If anyone has any advice, it is appreciated.
Thanks guys. It's one of those good, 1% problems to have...