Hello, new to the forum here. I'll start by saying that I have been an car enthusiast my whole life. I am a constant DIY'er with maintenance/modifications on my vehicles and often enjoy a spirited drive around the back roads, as well as Watkins Glen Int'l Raceway (I live in Upstate NY) for track days. I have been a Ferrari fan (especially Testarossa) ever since the first time I saw season 3 episode 2 of Miami Vice. To this day, that episode gives me chills when the TR is unveiled. It has been a life dream to own a TR, and now I have the "means" to acquire one. Being the DIY'er that I am, I wouldn't mind buying one that needs a little TLC.
I do have a question regarding the dry sump oil system. I will admit I am a newbie when it comes to certain aspects of these cars. I know I wont really get to 'know' one until I do so. SO, I request your infinite, earned wisdom. I am told that due to the dry sump system, the TR needs to be warmed up for 20 min before you drive away. Is this true?
I am looking at this TR that is a little 'ruff around the edges'. Take a look and tell me the the reasons why I should and why I should not buy this car. Ferrari : Testarossa Ferrari : Testarossa | eBay
Thank you all for your time.
To begin with I have a TR, I was also factory trained on them and have worked on them daily since October 85.
I live in California so the coldest I am likely to drive the car is about 40 degrees. I start it and give it about 10 seconds before I am in gear and moving. I don't drive it hard until it is fully warmed up but I don't do that in my pick up truck either.
About the Ebay car.
It is a total POS. Dont go anywhere near it. It is a rolling display of deferred and poorly executed maintenance. Not to mention the poorly executed modifications or the several thousand dollars worth of missing spare, tools and books. It will break you even if you do perform the work. Even for a DIY guy they are too expensive to put right to bring one back from the dead. Fixer uppers in the Ferrari world should really be referred to as parts cars.
If you want to do that buy one that has been well cared for but is in need of being brought up to date. There is nothing about that car that suggests it was ever treated in any way other than rode hard and put up wet. The price difference between that car and one as I described is not enough to pay for some new leather hides, much less anything else.
I do not sell cars and want nothing to do with that business but if you PM me I can give you contact info for a car on the West Coast that may be just what you are looking for and has a famous prior owner if that makes any difference.
Transport to New York is less than a pair of distributor caps.
And 36,000 miles??? Thats a laugh. If that is a 36,000 mile car I am Enzo F'ing Ferrari.
I just can't get enough of this Ebay listing. I have never even seen an auto check score of 30. Major title issue?? Accident history?? Well duuuuhhh. It has a license frame from a body shop. And then there is the 6 owners.
And a Toobi exhaust? That cobbled up mess from a muffler shop run by the guys from Deliverance maybe.