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Which of these two 355's would you rather have?

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So as my previous post mentioned, I've been looking into red, manual, 355 GTS's for quite some time. Usually there isn't much on the market, but of course, two came on the market in the past few weeks. Both sellers are asking for $57-60k. Which of these two would you rather have?

1) 1997 GTS with 31,400 miles. 3 owner, completely original (other than sound system), includes entire vehicle history (Ferrari dealership maintained). Has the tools and original window sticker. Had it's last major done at 28k miles.

More importantly, it's currently owned by a Ferrari Life member that has good reputation and no doubt is a real enthusiast that took great care of the car. Ferrari 355 F355 GTS | eBay

2) 1996 GTS with 45,600 miles. Apparently the current owner (Eric?) also owns Corfee Car Care in Sacramento, but is having it sold through Luxury Motorcars, a company that has all their work done at Corfee's. Corfee Car Care has a great reputation and Maserati of Sacramento sends all their Ferrari's to them for work.

This car just had pretty much every single service you can think of done - " It has recently finished having a massive service where nothing was left untouched. Just hitting the high spots this service included a complete head to toe reseal of the engine, new timing belt, new clutch kit w/ T.O. bearing, all new pumps, cooling hoses, thermostat, tensioners, new FabSpeed headers, Tubi exhaust, Silver Line bulbs (aligned), new high pressure oil lines to dry sump system, all fuel, oil and air lines, new valve guides, power steering reservoir update, new engine and transaxle mounts, pyro control unit, ABS pump assembly, alternator, starter and battery, climate control unit, tires w/ fresh alignment, brakes, stereo, all new Italian leather dash and new center console plastics" Cars for Sale: 1996 Ferrari F355 GTS in Sacramento, CA 95815: Coupe Details - 370603061 - AutoTrader.com

Both of these cars are probably great options (haven't had a PPI done on either one yet). The mileage is quite different between the two. My biggest concern with car number 2 is that it will be hard to sell in a few years once I have it over 50,000 miles. Is that a valid concern? Do you worry about a car that has had as much work done as car number 2? Or do you feel like it makes it closer to brand new?

Ok, sorry for the long post. I can't wait to hear your opinions, thanks!
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I'd take the 95 any day of the week. Looks like agressive pricing as well.
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Jon- Personally, I would rather have the second car, but maybe not at $60K.

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Jon- Personally, I would rather have the second car, but maybe not at $60K.
Ok, thanks for offering your opinion!

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I'd take the 95 any day of the week. Looks like agressive pricing as well.
I think you mistyped, neither are a 95. Can you clarify?
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I'll be the odd man out and pick the 97.


With the 96, you'd have a lot of fresh parts, but I'd wonder why it all needed to be updated all at once. Neglect?

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I'll be the odd man out and pick the 97.


With the 96, you'd have a lot of fresh parts, but I'd wonder why it all needed to be updated all at once. Neglect?
Yea, I need to find out the answer to that question. Thanks for your input!
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I'd go with the 93 all day.
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I'll be the odd man out and pick the 97.


With the 96, you'd have a lot of fresh parts, but I'd wonder why it all needed to be updated all at once. Neglect?
I would want to know as well. The ad says it was purchased 2 months ago, over $30K in parts and 200 hours of labour invested, now it's for sale. That makes me a little suspicious.
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^^^ What he said. As a matter of fact all that labor and parts investment is a good selling point not a bad one. Providing the mechanic knew what the hell he was doing.

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I would want to know as well. The ad says it was purchased 2 months ago, over $30K in parts and 200 hours of labour invested, now it's for sale. That makes me a little suspicious.
It shouldn't...that is par for the course for Ferrari ownership, and not unheard of at all in the 355 world...
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It shouldn't...that is par for the course for Ferrari ownership, and not unheard of at all in the 355 world...
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Seriously? He has only owned it for two months, spent 200 hours in labour and is now selling it. He hasn't even had time to drive it. This is the norm??
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i wouldn't say it is the norm. Who knows. Maybe he stole it because it wasn't running/ running right and is flipping it. Maybe he shot his wad now he wants to bail cause he needs the money. Could be anything. Why don't you ask him?



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i wouldn't say it is the norm. Who knows. Maybe he stole it because it wasn't running/ running right and is flipping it.
Good work with the speculation.

Here is the story I got: Apparently the owner of the second car took it to Corfee Car Care to get some work done, but he was quoted $16k to get things up to snuff.

The owner didn't have the money to put into it, so he just sold it to Eric. Eric, the owner of Corfee, was able to do the work at cost and then resell the vehicle.

I have the receipts for about $17,500 in new parts and $1,900 is sublet leather upholstery work. There is also a ton of documented labor, which at retail price would have been well over $10k.

Long story short, everything worked out. I just wired the money for this car. Hopefully it will be on a truck, headed to the east coast soon!

I'll post some pictures when it gets here.
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Sounds like you chose well! Congrats. The F355 is a hell of a car when its all sorted out.

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Jon- Congratulations. Always good to have one that has been well massaged. Having the guides done is easily a 5 figure job, and she will likely never need them again.

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Sounds like you chose well! Congrats. The F355 is a hell of a car when its all sorted out.
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Jon- Congratulations. Always good to have one that has been well massaged. Having the guides done is easily a 5 figure job, and she will likely never need them again.
Thanks guys!
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It was delivered a few days ago, here is a quick picture I snapped soon after it was off the truck. I'll have to snap a few more now that it's been washed and waxed.
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