355 vs 360 revisit
I am posting a thread for the first time in my life, as I am also about to fulfill a life long dream and purchase my first F car. As many of you can relate to, I have been a gearhead and Ferrari nut since early childhood. As many of you have done also, I have committed years of hard work and saving, and more recently, a year of solid research including attending recent cavallinos and events and talking to owners, then following the F car market and homing in on the 355 or the 360, as i have a weakness for manual gearbox spiders and these spectacular cars are now within my reach. I have also pored over the posts at ferralife (and other sites for tifiosi), and probably went a bit ocd with respect to the intensity and breadth of my research. I particularly enjoyed a recent thread initiated by a gentleman racer poised to make his first acquisition and unable to decide between the 355 and the 360 - my predicament as well! Everything changed when I test drove my first F car a few days ago, a 97 355 spider (rosso corsa/tan with 6x and 28k miles) at an independent. Now, I cant get sleep at night as I cant stop thinking about it. I need to drive it again, and again, and again. Five minutes after I test drove it, I almost wrote a 59k check on impulse just to drive it again. But I held in the reigns and would like to drive the 360 spider and learn more before I join ranks. The 355 i test drove had pirelli shoes up front and potenzas on the rear. Is this uncommon, should I be weary? furthermore, the front right headlight doesnt flip up until you thump it with your fist. Loveable italian quirk or ominous black cloud? How might i find the best PPI, as I am hesitant to trust the referred inpector of the independent car group selling the car? should I be hesitant? Also, has anyone ever heard of a so called "auto trust" in alaska that supposedly enables you to set up a perfectly legal trust to acquire (and drive) cars purchased by your trust and exempt from sales and personal property tax? I can afford these, thanks to a higher power, but I'm curious. Finally, is it appropriate to discuss specific dealers and independent car groups on this forum? I am going to travel to test drive some 360's and I would hate to make the mistake of dealing with dispreputable businesses, but I dont want to step on toes. Finally, any advice on insurance issues? I have a fairly clean record (some minor heavy right foot issues) and would drive the car for 6 months out of the year, as I live in the midwest and just completed a custom heated garage with lift capability for the new stallion. With much appreciation and regards to everyone.