Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Santa Barbara, CA.
Ferrari Life Posts: 199
does not have to take 16 months...my search took 2 days.
I was looking but really more hoping for a 3X8 for a good 10+ years, would look around for a while and then decide I could not lay out that much cash for a car and stop looking, this happened 4-5 times a year. Finally decided to get one and went and looked at one, decided it was not the right car, next day looked at another and made a offer which was turned down. I got frustrated as my offer I thought was very fair (turned out it was, owner sold it for $3k LESS than my offer about 4 months later), as I was frustrated I talked with my wife about upgrading to a 355 since they would be more comfortable for frequent driving, I even went out a purchased a 2-post lift strictly for doing the engine out on a 355. A few weeks went by and I saw a non-Red 360 for sale on the other site, that was my one rule, I did not want a Red Ferrari. That was Tuesday...Wednesday he e-mailed me some PDF's of the service records, Wed. night I called him again and talked to him again. Made a offer, he accepted. Called PenFed and paid to expedite everything. Saturday I flew out and drove the car home the 1,100 miles. No PPI, no nothing, just bought it and voila after a lifetime of dreaming about a Ferrari, I had MY Ferrari in the garage. Not regretted a single second of it, the only thing I regret is that I waited so long to pull the trigger.
I knew everything there was to know about a 3X8, driven lots over the years but I had never given the 360 a second thought, it was just that beautiful but too expensive Ferrari to me. I had never even sat in one, never had driven a paddle car, none of those thing. But the only rule I had was non-Red. I would have preferred a stick car but really only because then I could do the clutch myself and the F1 potential costs scare me. I had no preference of spider over coupe, I am 56 years old and have owned lots of cars ALL of them since my very first car in 1974 have been convertibles, so a 360 spider would have been nice but I own 2 other convertibles, a coupe was fine.
So after saying all that, I am of the belief that if you spend 16 months looking, you dont really want a Ferrari when I decided it took me 2 days.