Dear Comrade Vulcan F-40,
Your 512 TR looks superb. If I'm honest the TR series cars have been largely overlooked by me in favor of the earlier Boxers and later front engined V12's, but over the last few weeks I have taken more interest in the TR's, especially the later Testarossa's and the 512TR. I am also starting to like the shape and styling, even the side strakes and covered rear lights. It is quite likely that my next Ferrari purchase (12-18 months
) will be a TR or a 550M.
I would be very keen to hear about your ownership experience of such a fine motorcar.
Dear Comrade Archiegibbs,
Regretfully, there is little to say with regard to the 'ownership experience' for there are no tales of woe to report or any other matter that has been in any way disconcerting. The recent work was of course complex, but was not crucial and the car would have run very happily for a long period - many years propably, had I chosen to ignore the slight oil leaks.
The TR is not inordinately complex; at least, not in the way that more modern cars are. It is a terribly robust machine and the engineering integrity is such that its durability could provide an indefinite lifespan. Apart from normal servicing and the recent work that was performed, absolutely nothing has ever gone wrong - nothing at all.
I feel quite confident that should someone acquire a well maintained TR I am certain that they too would be very happy with their acquisition. And unless they were to be extremely unfortunate the cost of ownership need not be inordinately large. And the sound of the flat twelve once it traverses four thousand rev's is absolutely blood curdling. No doubt Boxer will attest to this as he also once owned such a device.
My only caveat would be that one should make absolutely certain that any car that one may consider should be thoroughly checked by a specialist. One needs to be mindful that the TR became available from 1992 until 1994. Accordingly, the youngest will be fourteen years old, and if it has had a hard life without timely maintenance then by this time it will begin to show signs of a gentle state of decay. So, if you are able find a very good example of a TR then I would say that it could be well worth considering. No doubt all of the aforegoing is applicable to a Testarossa. But, I think it is generally accepted by the aficionado's that the 512TR is a more refined motor car.
With kind regards,