I am new in this forum, which I found to be a great resource. I currently do not own a Ferrari yet, however, as many of us here, I am dreaming of owning one since I am a child and at age 36 with a steady and decent income I decided that time was come to accomplish this dream. I am French by origin, living in Boston, MA for 10y now, so excuse my not-so-perfect english!
A quick introduction about myself. I am not unfamiliar with the motor world. I started about 10y ago with vintage race 1980's motorcycles (Freddy's Honda CB) by restoring and modifying a Honda CB900F, including head porting, custom frame and swingarm, modern suspensions, flatslides carbs,... and the list goes on with at the end over 110 hp at the rear wheel.
I continued with a full engine rebuild/modification on a 1123 wiseco (no dyno yet).
3 years ago I started working more intensely on cars, in particular on my 2005 BMW E46 M3 where I did a good amount of work on the subframe and the engine.
Anyways, I am interested in getting a 308 GTB as I really prefer the smooth and stylish line of the coupe rather than the GTS. My feeling, looking at the 308 market is that if I don't buy one soon (within 1y or 2), I may never be able to afford one. Looking at how the prices went nuts on the the 206 / 246, and now on the 308 fiberglass, I am afraid that this trend may propagate towards the (thankfully) large production 308 series.
The purchase budget I am planning on committing is between 30 and 50k. I am not looking for the 100% perfect car. I have setup an order of preference for the condition of the car I would like to find:
1- Absolutely no salvage title and good record keeping. Has to be a GTB
2- As a hobbyist mechanic, I personally value the mechanical condition of the engine. Although always rebuildable, it is a pain, takes a while, and can become a money pit.
3- I would value the rust condition of the body. Here also addressable, but a money pit in perspective.
4- Preference carburated, then QV, then 2V, although frankly, I would take a 2V any second if it satisfies conditions 1,2&3 over a carburated or QV that don't meet all these conditions
5- Mileage around 40-50k. For a 40yo car, it seems the right mileage for a car that has been ridden properly. Higher mileage does not afraid me as long as conditions 1,2&3 are met.
6- Not renovated interior condition is completely fine.
7- Color rosso corsa preferred. Cars can be repainted.
If you know one for sale that would be close to these criteria, can you please send me a PM?