Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Monterey, California
Ferrari Life Posts: 124
A GTB is worth more to whom? A GTS is everything a GTB is plus the roof can be removed.
As many have said, paint isn't the issue, it's only what looking at the car from the sidewalk tells you, which isn't too much. The major impact on cost is original desirability plus rarity, which only partly explains the skyrocketing value (or at least the asking price) of 246 Dinos. As for me I just purchased a 328 GTS because I really like it, and compared to 246's they're very, very cheap...for a nice Ferrari! Convertibles/ragtops/targa tops are or will always be more valuable than fixed roof models, in the long run, really. If you don't believe that just look online at models that came in both styles and compare auction prices. Big difference, not in favor of fixed roof models.
If the paint bothers you have it repainted by a good shop. Dealers generally farm paint jobs out, and add a markup, so go direct. The price of a major service should equal or pass the price of a good repaint. Remember that preparation is everything when it comes to bodywork.
Be thankful that Ferrari painted the interior parts black (engine bay, trunk/boot, etc.) so you can touch up wear spots with inexpensive black spray paint if you like.
Remember to add tax, license, and a $5~7K price to the car to do a major service. Check out the suspension, steering, electrical stuff, lights, brakes & other stuff as well. The paint is superficial; mechanical service and work is not.
My advice is to do your homework and buy what you really want, not what someone else tells you you should like.