GrŁezi mitenand - Greetings from Switzerland
Just joined recently as trying to finally get around to buying my first Ferrari!
I'm a long-term resident of Switzerland but actually English.
Have been obsessed with cars for as far back as I can remember. Love a wide variety but the two that have always stood out for me are Porsche and Ferrari.
Have owned a reasonably long list of cars (have averaged more than 1 new acquisition a year over the past 20 years) but not yet a Ferrari. Came very close in 2002 as was looking at 355 but ended up buying a 996 GT3. In retrospect I think it might have been the test drive in the 355. Didn't get long and the roads were not great so didn't really get a chance to explore the top end of the rev range. Didn't seem that fast. Probably also suffered in comparison to the 360 as also tested that (but if I recall correctly there was a two-year waiting list back then). However, did get a really good drive in a 355 last year and absolutely loved it. Not complaining as the GT3 wasn't shabby either! After my daughter was born (2004) I've always gone for 4-seaters so have had a procession of 911s with a couple of M3s thrown in. Have noticed that a lot of the time when I go out for drives it is just my daughter and I (or just myself), so now thinking that perhaps can be selfish and get a 2-seater and can finally scratch that Ferrari itch.
Not decided yet whether to go for my absolute dream car (which would mean selling the current 911) or keeping the 911 and buying a classic Ferrari as well.
Difficult to decide what to do at the moment. I really, really want my dream car but hard to persuade my wife it makes sense (and in sane moments not sure myself). I couldn't justify keeping the 911, which I use all year round, so would be restricted to fun driving in the summer. Also reluctant to let the 911 go. Only bought it a couple of months back. It is an absolute mint condition, very low mileage (just 38'000km, which for 911s is nothing) 993 C2. Drives like a new car and I love it. I also know it would be very difficult to find another (certainly in Switzerland) in the same condition. I am also fussy in that I prefer the plain vanilla narrow bodied, rear-wheel drive Carrera.
The upside of buying a classic Ferrari is that I could justify keeping the 911. But parking is a problem. On-street parking doesn't exist where I live and (in retrospect) I made a big mistake when we bought our house 5 years ago in that I only acquired 3 parking spaces in the communal, underground garage and should have bought 4. Trying to see whether I could buy or rent another spot from another resident.
Anyway, apologies for rambling post! I've already had some very sound advice to help with my search and hope to become a fully paid up member (i.e. owner!) in the not too distant future.