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post #1 of 19 Old 01-12-2013, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Should I buy or not?

Hi Guys! I'm new here and and want sincere opinions. First lets introduce myself. I own a 1977 308GTB since 1999 and always loved it so I'm not new to Ferrari world. I also bought a 1987 Mondial cab last year and I'm getting use to it and I like the car.

I live in a far remote area. I do ALL my work myself and I'm not a rich guy but I keep my cars in good shape and do what they need when time comes. I'm now considering the buy of a TR.
Should I ?
I've always wanted a Countach but they are now out of my reach. I think the TR is a nice compromise for a 12 cylinder exotic and is also an icon.

Are they fun to own? Are they really hard to maintain and expensive for a DIY guy. Engine out is not a problem for me and I also know I will have to do the diff someday. I also do expect to loose some money from the initial price if I ever want to sell it back.

Give me your opinions!
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-12-2013, 08:48 AM
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Since you already have two Ferraris it wouldn't be a big deal if a tough maintenance job on the Testarossa got a little long, there are always two cars to enjoy meantime!

I can't imagine the TR would be too complicated for you, it's just a car after all. That's how I would look at it in your position.

Go for it!

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Claude- If yanking the engine is not a problem, maintaining a TR will not be a problem. Workshop manuals are available on ferraridatabase.com. If you can find one you can afford, a 512 TR has tons of upgrades over the standard TR and a whole lot more performance. Doubt you will lose any money on one of those. The late ones even have the diff problem solved, but they tend to be more expensive.

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TRs are great cars, I've been fortunate enough to have owned 3 of them over the years, never regretted it for a second!
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Claude, welcome to the site.If you any help , you can call or email me.
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I had a 512TR and greatly enjoyed it. It's a big car, but once on the go it's a blast. If you can do the engine out service, you should have no trouble maintaining it. Many people are shocked at the cost of the belt service, and the result is cars available at very reasonable prices.

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Suggest you PM carguy: Ferrari Life - View Profile: carguy

he is a TR expect and has done a few engine out jobs himself.
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I too have a TR and love it to bits,it has awesome road presence comfortable on long trips, a pleasure to drive and has oodles of power, and contrary to what you might have read on this forum it does not need a bloody RADIO...
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I too have a TR and love it to bits,it has awesome road presence comfortable on long trips, a pleasure to drive and has oodles of power, and contrary to what you might have read on this forum it does not need a bloody RADIO...
I can't think of any Ferrari that needs a radio.
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I have not turned on the stereo in the 575M in the nearly 5 years I have owned her. My techs have, to reenter the code after turning off the battery.

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post #11 of 19 Old 01-26-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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I don't need a radio in a Ferrari. I drive for the pleasure of the car.
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I also never use the radio! I do not even know they had one.

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post #13 of 19 Old 01-28-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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a Yellow one

Hi again! I took the decision tonight to buy a Testarossa. I've been thinking of a Countach for a while and had a possibility to buy one at a very good price but after weighting the negatives and positives I opted for the TR.

I commited to buy if the engine checks out OK.

It is a 1990 in Yellow with black interior( I wanted a yellow one)
19800 miles in mint condition. The car was obviously well taken care for.
All books, tools, jack, spare are all there and like new.
I'm not a fan of black interior but this one is SO nice I fell in love with it.
Paint is original and in very good condition.

I will let you know when the deal is finalized.
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Congrats Claude! As they say: two's company, three's a party. Party on!!

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Claude- Way to go and Giallo is my favorite Ferrari color.

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congrats. planning on one myself. let us see some pics when you get it.



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post #17 of 19 Old 01-29-2013, 05:41 AM
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Congratulations. . . .Super car ! better to have black interior than the brown some models have.
By the way I have read that the Testarossa is the next up and coming collectable model as it was the last of the flat 12's
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-29-2013, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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Yes but some are also saying the 308 are going to go up too. Hopefully they will both do. I don't own my cars as investments but it's always fun when they gain value. I plan some loss with the TR if I ever want to sell but hopefully the pleasure of driving it will overcome the loss if I ever sell. Honestly I think the fact that I will own an iconic 12 cylinder Ferrari will fill a big dream and that is enough.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-29-2013, 11:13 PM
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I'll go along with that I too have got both in my garage , if the value goes up so be it but I bought them to collect and drive not store as an investment.
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