Let me start with the little story leading to this thread...
I was always a car crazy guy... As a teen, I was keeping my shape just riding my bicycle around the city many times a week and going in front of every house with a cool car. I did that all the time all summer long... It was the mid-eighties and my dream car was a Ferrari Testarossa. I always said to everyone that I would get one of these someday. A couple years later Enzo died and my dream became something more like a fantasy... I had to try to find ways to cope with the idea of not owning my Ferrari. I had a few VW Golf GTIs that were a ton of fun and later a couple BMWs. No Ferrari there but I treated them like if they were. All of them were kept and maintained in perfect mecanical order and in like new exterior and interior, they were stored for the winter and driven regularly on the street and track in the summer. That was some time ago... But now it is 2012 and a TR is worth just a little more than my daily driver (BMW 3series) or my heavy duty Dodge RAM truck...
One of the things that made me "quit" and stop spending so much on cars is that I started my horse breeding business and needed all time and financial ressources to make it work. My passion for cars was still there and I named a good number of horses with car or racing names. I named a nice promising colt "DB7" (An Aston Martin). He was the baby of "Volante" (another Aston Martin) and ""UB40 so I needed an alpha-numeric name related to Aston Martin! When I decided on the name, I also said that when I sell this horse later, I'll take the cash to buy an exciting car. Guess what; DB7 will leave the farm next week and was sold as a super fancy prospect in the kind of budget to consider buying a very nice TR!
But like I said to start with... This is an intimidating world. I don't really know where to look and more precisely what to look for. I'm affraid of a world I don't know. BMWs are everywhere and if I buy the wrong one I'll lose 5000$. Ferraris are different and I realise it now that I look at it seriously. I want my ownership experience to be as fun or more than my longtime dream.
But thanks to some luck (I'm not an internet type of guy!) found Ferrari Life! It is amazing to see so many experienced owners and enthusiasts discussing those super cars in a real world style, not stars or business moguls who own the cars for the looks but people who drive the cars. Of course there is a very good chance that some of you are movie stars or empire builders who come here under alias names to share their passion incognito but again true enthusiasts.
Any observation, comment or advice is very welcome. Just reading a couple threads, I already realised that a TR might not be the best choice for me, or a least not for now... It may be a good second or third Ferrari maybe? Maybe not! I like the 328s a lot. I like the 308s also but they are getting older so maybe not as user friendly... Or maybe they are the best? I also have to consider the 348 and 355 in my budget but don't know as much on those cars. For some reason I never really liked the Mondial but would consider taking a serious look at them if they turn out to be the best "starter". Newer models might be priced a little too high and would compromise my financial capacity to keep them in perfect condition and I don't want that of course. I'm not in a hurry and will take the time to do it right.
So here is my situation! I hope to become a contributor to all this one day! Thanks in advance!
Please forgive my strange (Maybe!) english, it is my french accent!
I am from Quebec, Canada.