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post #1 of 7 Old 07-17-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Possibly buying 86 328GTS ?

Hello all, considering an 86 328GTS that is for sale locally. I know the car has about 28k miles, but unable to verify this and has had the same owner since 1990. It supposedly underwent a full rebuild in 1990 but has been driven sporadically since then. Belts have not been changed in 10 years, and the car has been driven 30-40 miles in the last 4 years. It still fires up immediately. Assumption is that records are from owner maintaining car, so no dealer records.
Owner is asking 30K.
The vin is - ZFFWA20B000059811, Red/Tan

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Am I crazy? What is it worth? Anyone know anything about the car?

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Here are some pics I have. What do you see?

I just want something fun to drive.
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Its a very early car and the "B" in the VIN indicates it is a standard European model.

Any car that has seen that little use in so long is going to have some surprises, also the condition of the engine bay suggests it didn't get a lot of attention when it was being driven.

It is going to need a major service, all new coolant and fuel hoses, tires and probably rebuilding the water pump just for openers. If you pay someone for all that its going to gobble up 6 or 7000 grand, possibly more and that is before any surprises rear their head.


For $40,000 you can get a turn key car not needing a lot and be driving it instead of making friends with the local Ferrari mechanic.

Unless you are a do it yourselfer and want a project I would pass.




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Why did it get a full rebuild? And by whom? Really suggests poor care because 328 reliability and durability are legendary in the Ferrari world.

My 328 got a rebuild somewhere in its life (probably because an idiot prior owner didn't change the belts) and I redid it all recently because it was so badly done.


I've changed my mind. I say pass no matter the price tag. Money pits like that have turned more first time Ferrari buyers against the mark more than any other single cause.

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Listen to the man Sid.

He knows what he's talking about.

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Rebuild was done in 1990, fully documented because Micheal Andretti crashed it into a pole (front end damage.) From what I have found out it was purchased for $40k in 1990 and the rebuild was $40k.
Brian- I was thinking of it as a fun project as a car to drive around for fun. However, I will defer to expertise, especially yours. I am actually looking for a 328 with some miles that I can drive without concern for miles.

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328 is not a rare car.

A gray market car with a bunch of bad stories and needs everything isn't a recipe for a happy ownership experience.

Rule #1 in Ferrari shopping. There are no deals.

The cheapest car is the best one you can find.

Fixxer uppers are money pits.
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Thanks for the advice Brian, I will take a walk and keep looking.

+1 for FL, saving fools like me on a daily basis

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