Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria, EU
Ferrari Life Posts: 97
A young member in need of advice for buying his first Ferrari
I have just registered here. My name is Tsvetan. I'm 22 years old and I live in Bulgaria. I've started loving "old school" cars several years ago. The main reason is that they deliver a much purer experience and have a spirit of their own. Even two cars of the same class and era can deliver joy in a completely different way. Almost impossible with new cars. Most of them, from what I've seen, are more reliable than the new cars and easier to maintain in your own adequately-equipped garage. With all the gadgets in the latest cars, you need to head to the dealer for everything...and different modules break all the time. I have a 1983 Mercedes-Benz W123 and a 1989 BMW E34 both in perfect condition.
I've always wanted a real sports car with a large high-revving engine in the back. Quite recently I found out that the older Ferraris, which are the ones I like most, are quite affordable and I've decided to buy one.
My budget is around 40k euro. The models that I really like are 348 targa, Mondial Convertible and the Testarossa. The first car that I stopped on was the Testarossa. I absolutely love the design and everything, it's a top-of-the-line car and is very fast. I fell in love with it. But I found out that a good car will be really hard to find for 40k and I may have to exceed my budget and be left with no money for maintainance. I still have a 2009 BMW that I can sell but I wouldn't want that as it's my everyday car. So I looked at the other models. I can say that I'm addicted to convertibles. And a Ferrari convertible may be the ultimate car for me...I don't know. The 348 targa is a quite fast car as well, but I don't know anything about it in terms of reliability and defects. The Mondial convertible is an option too, but is not as fast.
So, I obviously need some advice and think this is the best place to get it. I don't know anyone that owns a Ferrari and have never driven one, so I probably have to try several models first...but finding a showroom with oldschool ferraris or somebody with a private collection willing to help me out looks like a tough job....