A Collection for the price of a 458
Okay...let me start with the premise that you have to be a little bit "off" to prefer vintage cars over the new Ferraris. They have much less performance capabilities, lack many creature comforts, require more attention to mechanicals and often won't get you noticed on the Boulevard. Did I mention occasionally breaking down and giving you fits? You get the idea.
Now that you are properly prepared here is my idea on how to jump start a vintage [or nearly so] collection for the price of a over-carbon-fibred 458 with lots of options. Let's say the Italia lists out at $320,000. Here is great collection at relatively bargain current values:
1969 Ferrari 365 GT - "the Queen Mother". Only 800 built with a free-spinning Type 245 SOHC 4.4 Litre V-12 engine. Fantastic styling with a Superfast nose and grill, rounded fenders, open headlights and sweeping curves ending in a Kamm tail. Not a big fan of the triple tail lights but oh well. It's a 2+2 with room for 2 kids in the back or not-tall adults for the quick ride to dinner and then the Theatre. It is one classy dame. Target price: $100,000
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 - better known as the "C4". Built by Pininfarina at the same time as its Daytona sibling the C4 is a fantastic driving car. With power steering for ease of manuvering combined with a DOHC 4.4 V-12 producing 320 hp. It is a strong pulling engine that has a machine like engine song combined with an exhaust howl like no other Ferrari. Drive the C/4 in a tunnel, put the windows down and drop it into 2nd with a speed shift at 5000 RPM. If this doesn't make you laugh you need to see a shrink. The styling is more modern with pop up headlights and no chrome to be found. Some don't like the "ubangi - lips" nose. But if you either get a dark color or paint the nose body color it becomes less noticeable. Although it has jump seats this is not a 2+2. Better use is to drop the seatbacks for storage to add to a pretty sizeable trunk. The C/4 is a great weekend getaway car to take you anywhere. With only 500 produced it will only appreciate over time while you have a blast.
Target Price: $110,000
1984-5 Ferrari 512 BBi - The "Boxer". Okay.......so it's not a vintage but it is definitely a classic Ferrari. With a flat V-12 the BB engine has stump-pulling torque in a pretty wide RPM range. And although not a light weight the mid engine design gives the car some excellent handling characteristics even if it is too heavy to be a regular track car. But get the BB out on the open roads and curves and you will have a ball! Although I prefer the carb version finding a well maintained one might be a little harder and more expensive than the injected. There were 929 carbies and 1017 [?] injected Boxers built. Target price $110,000
There you have it. For a 458 you could have an incredible collection of great Ferrari road cars including a GT 2+2, a Coupe and a Berlinetta.........but you have to be a genuine car guy to enter this fantastic world of vintage cars. [note: photos attibuted to FL website]
Current: SA, 330 GTC, Dino, BB, QP
Past: GTC, BB, QM, C/4, 355, 360, 550, 575, C/4
Last edited by Neopolitano; 10-24-2012 at 10:58 AM.