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612: Mine finally arrived - on Valentine's Day

Well, my first front-engined Ferrari V12 (previous F-Cars were '87 328 GTS and '83 512 BBi Boxer) arrived yesterday - just a day after the worst snow storm we've had in Charlotte in over a decade.

This one cost a little bit more than I had planned, but it had no issues and was fully maintenanced prior to acquiring. It is a 2007 612 HGTS model, with several upgrades. Grigio Silvestone over Cuoio.

The car has been in CA its whole life, and the poor thing got off-loaded onto streets full of snow and ice. (The transport parked onto an adjacent street that wasn't too bad - but, my street was about 4-6 inches of slush). To my amazement, the car plowed right through the mess to my driveway that I spent 2 hours clearing yesterday. Did a better job than my Hyundai Elantra.

I've attached some photos (first 2 in Charlotte, rest in CA). BTW, they had to off-load two cars first - including a Porsche GT-3 - before getting to mine. Anticipation.
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Welcome to Ferrari Life. Sounds like you are from Charlotte. My family is originally from Lancaster, so pretty close.

Very nice 612, enjoy driving her as soon as the snow melts, which should not take long.

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Welcome to Ferrari Life. Sounds like you are from Charlotte. My family is originally from Lancaster, so pretty close.

Very nice 612, enjoy driving her as soon as the snow melts, which should not take long.
Thanks.

Actually, I'm originally from the Bronx (NYC), but grew up in MD. There are very few natives in Charlotte (NC) - mostly northern invaders. That why they call it the "New South" here.
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We were always suspicious of folks from North Carolina just because the state's name had North in it. I was 14 before I knew damn and Yankee were separate words.

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We were always suspicious of folks from North Carolina just because the state's name had North in it. I was 14 before I knew damn and Yankee were separate words.
LOL. Awesome.
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Excellent car!

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Congrats

Welcome to FL.

Several of us were commenting on that car and one Flifer looked at it in Ca. It is a beauty. Love the Daytona Seats and color. Sorry about the weather but, unlike us in the Midwest, you'll be out and about in two weeks if that.
Curious did you buy it off eBay or thru the dealer? And who did the PPI ( if any)?

I am toying with one in Pa right now but I would have to trade the 430 and I don;t think I should.....

Drive it well.

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Welcome to FL.

Several of us were commenting on that car and one Flifer looked at it in Ca. It is a beauty. Love the Daytona Seats and color. Sorry about the weather but, unlike us in the Midwest, you'll be out and about in two weeks if that.
Curious did you buy it off eBay or thru the dealer? And who did the PPI ( if any)?

I am toying with one in Pa right now but I would have to trade the 430 and I don;t think I should.....

Drive it well.

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Thanks.

I originally viewed this 612 on eBay as well, and did bid on it; but it did not meet reserve. I think they wanted 115K or so for it, and I got them down to just north of 100K, which I believe is excellent for a 2007 HGTS model. The PPI was outstanding. The inspector stated the car drove like it was on rails and no leakage or any major issues. The clutch life wasn't great, but there is still plenty of time. Regardless, the car recently had full belt service, new F1 reverse switch, new window switch, etc.

I just can't believe how beautiful this car is and the condition it is in. Very happy with the purchase so far.

I'm also glad I chose an HGTS model - I had driven a very nice 2005 base model in FL and it just didn't sound as menacing as this one does.

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I like the F430, but there are so many thousands of those (and 360s). There are only about 3,000 total 612s produced, of which just under 1,000 are in the US I believe. Although I prefer the looks and better availability of manual gated shifter on the 360, I know the 430 is a much better car. Regardless, I expect both the 360 and 430 to continue to depreciate for quite some time, due to the large numbers available.

I have nothing against the mid-engine Ferrari (I've owned two). However, those are best suited to track (except the Boxer & TR versions) or, unfortunately, showing off. On the road, I like the dynamics of the front-engined car. And lets not forget that Ferrari's reputation was built on front-engined V12 cars. Yes, the mid-engined Ferrari will get you attention, are good track performers, and can even (in the case of the Boxer) scare people out of the left lane.

To me, however, the subtle beauty of the 612 that cloaks a ferocious race-car is exactly what I envisioned the Ferrari mystique to be.

Good luck on whatever path you choose.

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Agree on all of your points. I loved the one I drove and the one I am looking at is an 08 with the HGTC package and CCB. Not an OTO but that price point is beyond me right now.

I love my gated shifter, havign grown up with my father's Fcars- all gated 60s 12s. The soundis so incredible and even with the acoustics and exhausts, I mourn the loss of the sound of the engine as it takes a deep breath.

Sounds like a smart purchase and good price. Interesting to see- the 612 is clearly less this year than last when Forza wrote STEAL THIS CAR! 08's are well below 150 where they were in the summer. I am prepared to add one this year one way or another. For me, I first have to close on a new house in two weeks, then really look.

Please give up updates and more pictures when the weather improves. In the mean time, do like I did- stare at it in the garage and clean the ?#*&* out of it.


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To me, however, the subtle beauty of the 612 that cloaks a ferocious race-car is exactly what I envisioned the Ferrari mystique to be.
You nailed it!

That's why I was attracted to the 612 - twice!

It's the last Ferrari to have elegant lines like in the past. Now the lines are influenced by aggression.

Only an old Rolls Royce can attract the same attention and speed from the bell boys when you line up at a hotel entrance.

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Agree on all of your points. I loved the one I drove and the one I am looking at is an 08 with the HGTC package and CCB. Not an OTO but that price point is beyond me right now.

I love my gated shifter, havign grown up with my father's Fcars- all gated 60s 12s. The soundis so incredible and even with the acoustics and exhausts, I mourn the loss of the sound of the engine as it takes a deep breath.

Sounds like a smart purchase and good price. Interesting to see- the 612 is clearly less this year than last when Forza wrote STEAL THIS CAR! 08's are well below 150 where they were in the summer. I am prepared to add one this year one way or another. For me, I first have to close on a new house in two weeks, then really look.

Please give up updates and more pictures when the weather improves. In the mean time, do like I did- stare at it in the garage and clean the ?#*&* out of it.


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Good points.

Right now, the 612 (and 550) have to be the most under-appreciated Ferrari out there. If I had more funds, I would definitely consider the OTO cars for sure. However, don't put too much value on the carbon brakes; unless you plan to track a 612, the regular brakes are outstanding.

Of course, if I were getting a F430, I would clearly want the carbon brakes in this case.

I just realized you have a black / black 430. Personally, I think both the 360 and 430 are killer in Nero. The dealer I bought my 612 from just got in a high-mileage / low price 360 in Nero / Nero with yellow brakes and cams AND Gated Shifter: 2002 Used Ferrari 360 Modena at Chequered Flag International Serving Marina Del Rey, CA, IID 11611021

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Its absolutely beautiful, enjoy!!!
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Congrats - great cars, the 612s!


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Beautiful Combo, black wheels ! Congrats !

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Thanks for all the compliments. I just hope it will be as reliable as it looks & performs.

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congrats for your 612 , great combo !

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I'm curious - how do some of you get the "Owner" moniker listed under your names on this site.

Thanks.

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Beautiful 612! Grigio is one of my favorite colors on these. The interior is spectacular, too.

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Looking good! where did you grow up in MD? Lots of marylanders on this site.



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Looking good! where did you grow up in MD? Lots of marylanders on this site.
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