Hi, to all Ferraristas here from Austria/Europe
First i want to introduce myself :My Name is Harry i am 42 Years young and live 30 miles far from Vienna.
I drive Italian Cars for nearly 25Years most of them where Alfas, i did some short breaks with other Brands but after a short while it gets me back to "my" italians.
In 99 i bought my first Maserati a 89 222E, drove it for 2 Years then sold it, and bought a 95 Ghibli GT cause i liked the Understatement of the Maseratis.
The Ghibli was a nice Car but i dont now why i didnt have that Relationship to him what i expect before i bought it so i sold him too 2 Months ago.
I didnt look for another car cause i use as Daily Driver a Alfa 166 and own also a 1970 Alfa Berlina 1750 and a 1979 Alfa Spider2000.
Last Week a friend of mine who is a Exotic Car Mechanic ,also on Ferraris,
walk by and told me from an Mondial T who is owned by a bank who had it from a cardealer who was bankruptcy, and the Car stays in a Garage since3 Years undriven just awaked a few weeks ago.
My first tought was iiii a Ferrari who was for me always a Yuppie Car owned by richparents Kids or older Men who try to imptess young womens or whatever. That was one Reasen why i choose Maseratis cause also Enzo Ferrari says one Time: Playboys drive Ferraris,Gentlemens drives Maseratis.
And i also says: A Mondial , it isnt that pretty, but i also say i would take a Testdrive only to compare the Ferrari to the Ghibli i sold before.
So last Week i go to the Shop of my Friend to do a free Testride, parked the Alfa outside and then i saw HER.
Hmm,she look much more pretty in Person as on Pictures i tought to myself when i looked on her in the shiny red paint the Black leather and the 17" 348 Alloys.
Ok lets go says my buddy and pass me the key and we get in thecar.
My first impresson was, why she had that wonderful leathersmell after that years ,my 2004 Alfa or even the Maserati don't have that magic smell and they are much younger.
So we get on the street i cruise around with 2500 rpm and then put the pedal down anf after i passed 4900rpm i took the foot from the pedal and say that the cars power ist much poorer than the maserati and whre are the Horsepowers are hidden?!
My friend says , hey that is a street legal racecar - go use her- she is no twinurbo she needs rpms , the music starts at 6000 !:-) but i didnt want to try it in the friday afternoontraffic.The Sound was much more agressive as i heard it from cars before and: i liked it!.
After the drive I stand alone in the Dawn with her, listen to the cooling down engine, as longer as i looked at her that more i liked her.
i walked around again lay my hand on the frontfender and when i do that i had a feeling who i can only compare this way: when you drink a good grappa(or maybe a Jack D.) and after the drink pass your throat you have the warm feeling in your stomach! :-) that was the moment when all toughts about ferrari was gone and i was shure there is no other way as to take her home! :-)
didnt watch out what my friend says like last of the mondials,41250 miles ,348 engine , stainless steel sportexhaust,price $15.394, repairbills for $12530,one year warranty for the car and the ownerbank will pay a timingbelt change also cause it had only 400miles on it but was 3 years old and should be replaced.
well i hat sleepless nights till i can take her home , that wasnt new for me i had it by past cars also but now i have sleepless nights also till i see ,feel hear, smell her again( dont drive her daily)and THIS is new for me!
i drive here around last weekend for about 250 miles with nothing special destination and as longer i drive her as more i fall in love with her,and she give me the first present:after i fill up the gas and after drive a while she accelerate faster and faster; after a while wondering i found the reason- the gas at my testdrive was 3 years old! :-)
yesterday i drove to the garage where i stored here cause i cant wait till the weekend comes withoud sittin in her and feelin her-are i am crazy know and shall visit a doctor?
Another little Reason was that my attidude about the the ferraridrivers changed after a while i read in that forum , i never meet so openminded people in a forum than here at the ferrari forum, i like that respect for each other i missed in other discoussionsgroups .
so to the rest of the world: call me playboy ,yuppie, old fart or whatever i will take it all - for HER!
But take care because it can happen to you too!