Can't describe how happy I am at the moment.
After much searching and seeking the right balance of 'perfect car' and 'good deal' I found this beautiful 612 OTO in Italy and had her imported into France.
I'm now feeling very lucky to have the perfect pair – 612 and Scuderia. These machines are addictive... but that's it for this year!
The 612 is a 2008 One-To-One; nero with daytona interior and some nice spec options: sports exhaust, front parking sensors and reversing camera, Alcantara boot/trunk, shields (I like them on the black), glass roof (kids love it and it brightens up the black interior), polished 20' monoliths, cruise control...
There are a couple of items to attend to. Firstly, service has been booked for early January. Service history is good – but last stamp was 13 months ago. Belts were changed two years ago. Tyres (SuperSports) have been ordered... should be here next week.
Driving impressions are fantastic. I went for the OTO in the end and find it just a bit more dynamic in general over the earlier cars. It's quite subtle really, but adds up to a very composed and just-a-bit-sharper feeling overall.
Niggles to be sorted, well there are a couple: the interior rear-view mirror rattles like a [email protected]
; there's a smell of exhaust/old oil when stopped at traffic lights – actually, not really exhaust, but like a blocked breather pipe or something that then gets drawn into the aircon when stationary... and not quite a smell but definitely gasses that almost irritate your eyes. Pretty sure it's oil related.
There's also a bit of a squeak from the drivers' seat and occasional creaks from the rear left suspension – bushes me thinks. The passenger window switch needs replacing (with the updated part this time!!) and I need the Bose system update and iPod connection fitted. Oh, and the handbrake could be adjusted tighter!
Lastly, the headlamp covers need polishing. It looks like the lacquer has degraded more so than the polycarbonate and is contributing to a cloudy lens.
But that's it. It's a most magnificent machine and a Ferrari that can be enjoyed by the whole family. My two girls (9 and 13) are already petrol heads and F1 fans and totally adore the glorious V12 thunder from their leather thrones.
I plan to use the car as much as possible and will update this thread with driving impressions (if anybody's interested?) as I put the miles under my belt ... but first impressions are fantastic. Honestly, I can't think of any other supercar that represents this much family fun – and the prices in Europe at the moment are staggeringly good value for what you get.
If anybody has any experience on the issues above and the best way to sort them I'd appreciate the advice. Still amazed at the generous wealth of knowledge on this site... thanks everyone.