Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Los Angeles, Ca.
Ferrari Life Posts: 21
My name is Matthew and I am a High School student from Sunny California. Since I was a young child, the red Italian Stallions have fascinated me. I had an Enzo Ferrari and 512 TR poster in my room since age 5- I swore that both of those cars would be mine (one day.)
Now, I know what you are probably thinking: "Look! a High School brat who wants an Italian super car, which he'll just buy with Mommy and Daddy's money. I guarantee you that he will crash it!"
I would like to make all efforts possible to disconnect myself from that stereotype. First off, I believe I have the level of maturity necessary to own an "affordable" Ferrari. I understand that Italian cars are not the most reliable feats of engineering on the face of the Earth. I also realize that they are fast pieces of motor art, and expensive pieces of art at that.
I am totally capable of working on a Ferrari myself, and I have the assistance of a trained mechanic who specializes in exotic vehicles at my disposal. During summer and on the weekends, I work at his shop, since he is a close family friend. I have worked on everything, ranging from a Dino 308 to a McLaren SLR to a Rossion Q1. All work was done under the guidance of the previously mentioned mechanic, of course. Garage space, tools, and a minimal number of parts are available to me for no cost.
Currently, I drive a 2007 Jaguar XJR to school, work etc. and an early Chevy Avalanche to work. The Jag was the first (and only) car I have purchased with my own money, and the truck is a hand-me-down. I have driven many exotic cars at high speed (both on and off track) during difficult weather conditions- my driving skills should be significantly better than those of a mall-cruising teenage girl.
Cars are a very large part of my life- they are definitely my favorite hobby/interest. I feel that the car you drive, the work you do to it, and the way you drive it defines you as a human being- the same way clothing describes a person. I strive to make my car a direct representation of myself- determined, happy, and looks good in red!
Please do not consider reliability, part availability, or maintenance costs in this discussion. Through the eyes of the Ferrari enthusiast community, what would you consider the best "entry level" Ferrari to be? My price range max is $50k, and advice on Ferraris that cost less than that would be greatly appreciated.
These are the cars I have considered so far:
Ferrari 308 GT4/GTS
Maserati Coupe (not a true Ferrari, but as close as it gets)
Am I missing any cars? Anyone care to share their thoughts, opinions, warnings, or obscene profanities?
My entire life I have been raised to achieve my dreams, and never let anything stop me. I achieved the goals I have always wanted: however, a red Ferrari in the garage would be the topping of the cake.
If you have gotten this far through my emotional, badly-written post: I truly thank you wholeheartedly. Your assistance in helping make my dream a reality is greatly appreciated.