308Gt4 Vs Mondial
Hello all. This is certainly a beautiful site, especially in this strange time and world right now.
I have just purchased my second Gt4. I sold my first, which I had for 2 years, to settle accounts and pay off a house, my only house.
I have selected the Gt4 after a LOT of deliberation. Price is certainly a starting point, but, FERRARI is the main thing. A Ferrari is a work of art. JUST like a Reubens/Picasso etc. Yes, it can get you from A to B too, but, just like plaster, paint, wall-paper are not required for a wall to perform its function, pictures like a Picasso etc cannot be compared to wall paper, even though both perform the same function. Decorating a wall!
When I sit in the Gt4, and especially when I drive her(yes HER!, I'm old school), I need to experience the feeling. The Gt4 has that on the inside. She is beautiful on the outside, especially when parked next to other cars. But when parked next to the other Ferraris she is rather 'different'. But remember, most of these Ferrari's are PininFarina's GREAT works of art! So yes, the Gt4 is less exotic looking next to THESE Ferraris.
However, I don't need to own a Picasso for my mind to absorb and enjoy it.
I can see all the Ferraris I want at the meetings, and I absolutely LOVE them!
When I'm in one, I can't see it, from the outside. But, I DO need to own one to experience the FEELING when driving. Now, the Gt4 does give you that when driving.
She has a sportscar's interior. A sportscar feel, and a sportscar performance. No, not the speed, any bottom of the range BMW today will run away from her, but that's NOT what she is about......
Prior to buying this one I drove and looked at lots of Mondials.(400's too, more like a ship for me) The Mondial is certainly pretty in the Ferrari way. But, the interior. I'm apologetic here. But that dash and instrument layout do not do it for me.
Sit inside your garage one day in your Gt4. Switch the lights on(dash/instruments). Look at the detail. Those scalloped lenses for the handbrake and other little indicator lights. Beautiful!!!
I also drove a BB512. Carburettor model. To die for. Period! I have to have one still. Have both!
The Gt4 is a truly wonderful Ferrari.
I believe it's just a matter of time before things go silly about them. Remeber 25 years ago, where the 206/246 stood in the REAL FERRARI ranks............