Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Austin Texas
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,833
As a general rule I avoid and advise avoiding a car with that history. The engine overhaul, no matter the reputation of the shop, creates too many variables.
On a vintage car, say a 250 or 275 that situation is unavoidable but a major repair of previous bad work would be a very small percentage of the total value.
Also, just based on my experience of over 30 years working on Ferrari's I don't believe the story of the engine failure. No question, the factory makes mistakes but of all the Ferrari motors that I have seen that needed major repairs or personally performed major repairs, only two were Ferrari's fault.