Finally, after about 1 year of searching, I'm off the sidelines and in the game! This weekend, I purchased a 2001 360 Spider F1
with the exact matching specs on my list of "must haves."
On Friday of last week, I conducted a thorough PPI in the service bay with the head mechanic (Dan) at MAG Ferrari in Columbus, OH. The car came back as a "buy" recommendation, with the caveat of negotiating the right price. Over the weekend, we negotiated the deal and are closing this week!! I'm so thrilled, excited, and blessed.
The PPI revealed no MAJOR IMMEDIATE issues, though there are some things on the horizon. Namely, the convertible top is slightly out of alignment (there is a narrow gap between the pass. window and the top), the headers are starting to blow fiberglass back onto the engine block, and there is minor seepage possibly from a cam seal or cam cover. Also, the pads and rotors need to be replaced. Other than that, the "bad" stuff is really trivial and stupid: rims are in poor condition (but I'm planning to upgrade to F430 split 5-spoke rims), it needs a Challenge rear grille because I want one, no car or seat covers, only 1 key & fob, most tools are missing, alarm siren needs replaced, chin rash, recondition the seats, fix an air vent an a mesh air diffuser. I have a lot of plans for this car that I will space over time.
My car has 19,500 miles (so basically it's a 20,000 mile car), factory Scuderia shields, Power Seats, Daytona style seat trim, obviously Rosso Corsa / Beige, and a host of other upgrades including:
Upgraded stereo with NAV, Bluetooth, SIRIUS, and backup camera
Fabspeed Exhaust silencer
2004 TCU (non-CS TCU)
Excellent Service Records (recent clutch AND belts!)
New Fuel Pumps
New upgraded F1 pump and relay
All campaigns are up to date.
It has been repainted WELL in two separate areas: nose (common) and driver's rear quarter panel. We checked with measurements.
Significantly, this car is "local" to me, meaning it has been living about 75 miles from my home for the past 2 years. It originally was sold at F of Ft. Lauderdale, and spent its first 10 years in Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach Gardens. Clean Carfax and Autocheck - I'm 5th owner. Again, excellent service history. So, since this car was "local," I've been able to drive and see it twice (once for PPI) and I don't have to pay to fly to see it or ship it back. Many cars I'm looking at are either in Florida or Texas. Some even in SoCal. So, saved big money in transport and shipping. Also, since the most recent work was done "locally," I know the mechanic too!
I'm sure I've missed something, but that's the story. The PPI was good, the car is about 7.5 out of 10, but she can easily be brought up to 9 out of 10 with a few wise investments.
Before I bring her home, she's going to NJB Automotive in Columbus to have select items corrected, and then over to Todd at Esoteric (big thanks to Todd for coming to the PPI) to clean up and look pretty. Then, she'll make the trip South to take residence in my garage in Southern Ohio.
This waiting process is agonizing...
Welcome your feedback! Thanks fellas!