Looking at a Testarossa- I Need Your Advice
I'm new to the forum and was looking for some sound advice from some current or previous TR owners. I am very seriously cosidering purchasing a 1984 TR from a local private seller. This is a 2 owner car that was essentially a garage queen for the past 10 years....15K original miles. The car just came out of the garage and the current owner spent $13K at an independent Ferrari specialist having the car brought up to specs ( engine out belt service, seals, plugs, injectors, battery, etc) . He has never neglected the car ( $30K in service receipts), but also drove it sparingly. The TRX wheels were swapped out for a newer style (1987) and a second mirror was added. The car looks new and the current owner claims that it has never driven better than it does now after its recent service.
I know these cars are on the expensive side of maintenance. Altough I've never owned a Ferrari, I do own an automotive repair shop and have some very talented mechanics. I've owned several Porsches and did all of the maintenance and repairs in house with no major issue.
I have no doubt I can drop engines and I hope that ( with help from forum members)I can do most of the routine servicing to keep costs down. I'm ok with paying the higher prices for the parts.
The thing that concerns me is everything I've been reading about the differntial issues with these early TRs, which( for me) takes all of the fun out of owning one if it happens. I can't see spending $20K on a diff rebuild for a car I can buy for 2x that. The question is...Am I being overly cautious about a problem that may never occur or do I need to budget for this as a cost of owning an early TR. Is there a way to prevent these differential issues by swapping updated parts before they break for less $$ ( say $8K?). If so, where do I find them.
Like many guys, I've wanted a Ferrari since I can remember. The TR is one of my favorites and for their sub $50K pricing right now it is obtainable. But I also have to be realistic as to what I'm getting into. I'm ok with $2-3K/yr in maintenance cost. I'll have a car collecting dust in a garage for a while if I blow a trans or motor. That thought makes me want to shelf the idea and go buy a dime a dozen corvette.
I guess I'm just looking for some advice from guys who own these cars. I'd rather be running down the highway in a V12 beast that holds value than some regular sports car that, to me, will never compare to the styling and performance of the testarossa. Just one guy's opinion obviously. Not trying to insult other sports car owners out there.....just looking for more knowledge on these cars.
Last edited by mgibb112; 07-19-2014 at 07:02 PM.