Well, thanks for the gracious welcome messages! I will try to get some pics of the 911 one of these days to post. Its a 2007 Carrera 4S cab, dark blue with the tan full leather interior and several other nice options. I bought it just slightly used from a Porsche dealer in the Chicago area (I'm near Milwaukee, an hour or so north) Apparently they had a real Porsche fanatic customer who had ordered a new 911 Turbo cab that he had to wait several months for, so in the meantime, he bought the next best thing, a Carrera 4S cab, totally loaded with many of the "custom" options that Porsche is pretty big on for the 911's like having basically the entire interior wrapped in leather, etc. I think it listed for around $125K with all of the options and I was able to get a for a fair amount less with under 4K miles and in showroom condition a few months later when the customer's 911 Turbo cab arrived! Its been a great car, of course being in WI it is only driven during summer and rarely on nice fall days, then locked away in the garage for winter. I now have about 30K miles on it, because even though its a "second car", I do really love to drive it, so when its a beautiful day and I'm going to take a short 30 min cruise, I often end up returning many hours later, just because its a great car to drive.
Now, I have owned other sports cars, but this has been my best and most expensive one yet. The car has been basically bulletproof as far as reliability goes, although regular maintenance is certainly not cheap. Tires go fast, (maybe every 10 to 15K miles) and run around $300+ each, oil changes, etc are all quite a bit more than any normal car. One thing I have been happy about is that the local dealership seems to have treated me fairly and honestly, which I was worried about a bit because I had heard through the grapevine that they loved to charge as much as they could. Anyway, that's basically my 911 story, I will try to post a few pics when I remember and get a chance!
What brings me here are some pretty recent developments that have me seriously thinking about a Ferrari and soon. I've been a "car nut" since I was not even 10 years old and have always loved the expensive and exclusive marques. (probably no surprise there!) Yet, for me Ferrari has always been the top of my wish list and the one car I have always wanted to aspire to. Sure, I wouldn't turn down a Lambo, Aston Martin, etc. I love those too, but Ferrari's have always been the ultimate for me, I think because to me their cars have not just been great sports cars, but really true works of automotive art. So, I have always told myself that at some point when I'm ready and can truly afford it (because I don't want to be the clown who takes out a 2nd mortgage to get a Ferrari that I really can't afford and certainly can't afford to properly maintain!) I will get one and love it!
Well, something came up that sped up my Ferrari dream from still being in the future to something that could happen very soon. First, I have done quite well financially the last 3 years (no, not Bill Gates well or even below-average NBA player well, but well enough and better than I would have hoped for considering this recession that just does not seem to be going away!) and I'm still single, no kiddies to pay for either, so I have some money to burn on some fun stuff! The other thing that is prompting me is that a good friend of mine has not had the best couple of years financially and needs to raise some cash fairly soon. He is the owner of a very nice 360 Spider F1
that he has been asking me if I would like to buy. He hasn't nailed down an exact price yet, but he said he'd certainly give me a great deal so that he doesn't have to go through the hassle of selling it, maybe having someone back out, reselling it, etc. where he wouldn't end up with cash in hand for a long time. He needs the cash sooner rather than later to meet some business obligations and by selling it to me, even if it was for a substantial discount, he'd have his cash in hand in a few days or less. Now, I know that the car has been very, very well maintained, although I would still get a PPI just to be safe. Anyway, I'm thinking pretty seriously about this and would need to give him an answer very soon, like within the next week for sure.
Here's where my dilemma comes in-I would love to have a Ferrari, especially a good deal on a mid-engined spider which have always been by far my favs, I would also like to help my friend, he is a very good person and has always been a great friend. Yet, my dilemma comes in big time because I REALLY REALLY love the F430 Spider instead. Don't get me wrong, the 360 is also a work of art that stands above all other cars on the road, but for me, the 430 spider is it! I have even been to see a 458 Italia (coupe, no spiders yet when I was there) and I still prefer the 430. Its hard for me to put my finger on exactly WHAT it is about the 430 that gets me going so much, but it just drives me crazy looking at one in person! Now, I hadn't researched 430 spider prices for a while, I think last time I looked, they had just gotten past the point where you couldn't even get a new one for close to list price, people were still paying well over list. I see now that prices are creeping downward, even for many of what look like well-optioned, lower mileage examples. So, there are more than a few nice looking 430 Spiders out there that I could afford (and when I say afford, I mean that I could pay cash for if I choose to and that I would have more than enough funds left over to set aside for the inevitable maintenance bills and anything that might break, I'm not filthy rich, but I'm not trying to buy a Ferrari by way over-stretching a shoe string budget, either!)
Well, before I type all night here, let me try to sum it up this way-which way would YOU go on this? Buy a 360 Spider F1 and possibly help out a friend, maybe getting it for $10K under what it should usually be worth-OR-Should I shoot for my dreams and go for a 430 Spider, a car that is truly the car of my dreams, which I'd have tom pay a fair amount more for, but is car I am truly in love with???????