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At a very young age. First few years of my life, Father had Datsun 240Z, I was four and cried when he sold it. Then he got a 260Z. I was heavily into cars at 4 to 5 years old. At 6 I got a P4 model car. By 1978 my Father made more money. Started with a Porsche 911SC, by 1980 it was a 930. Same period my mother started driving Jaguars. Vancouver's Porsche dealer also sold Jaguars and Aston Martins. So at first my interest was in these cars and the Datsun Z. Then in 1980 Magnum came out. By 1982 and 10 years old, I knew most of the Ferrari models from magazines. Around 1983 a friends father bought a Countach, also became fascinated by Lamborghini. I grew up in a middle class area. In elementary school six of my classmates fathers are dentists! My father was a stock broker and head of what they now call corporate finance at the biggest brokerage firm in Vancouver. So growing up I knew brokers, securities lawyers, etc. well off clients, etc. people with everything from the run of the mill Mercedes SL, to Ferraris, Porsches and Rolls Royce's. Anyway, I knew and liked the Daytona before Miami Vice, and knew the Testarossa long before it was on the show. In general I'm a European car nut. 1985 my Dad decided he was tired of shifting and traded his 930 on a new 1985 928S, this led to an S4 in 87. My family has also owned Mercedes and a couple BMW's over the years. I tried talking my Dad into a 308 in 1985 before he bought the 928. We ended up renting one in Maui during spring break. He wasn't impressed. Now in my 40's, semi retired. I was heavily into boats. But now they bore me. So getting back into cars.
 

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Welcome back to the car side Koenig.
Likewise. And what car(s) are you proposing to acquire? I assume from your presence here that a Ferrari may be on your shopping list?
 

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A 308 is on the list. Even though I was only 14. My Dad let me drive the rental 308 around the condo parking lot. I learned to drive manual on a 308. So it kind of has a special place in the nostalgic section of my brain. I want a Euro spec. I've also considered going to the 328 instead, similar style, a little more performance.
 

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Which to boy?

Which to buy? Well, a couple of years or so ago I managed to come up with a very nice '86 328 GTS that had been a bit neglected for a while, but had spent its life in the US southwest, so rust, salt etc wasn't an issue. As I'm tall (6'-5") I had to make entirely new seats to take advantage of the space behind the normal seats for the hardtop roof, which worked out fine. I can still store the targa roof behind the movable seats- at a cost of some legroom- but usually on short trips it just lives in the garage. Some catch-up on deferred maintenance and all is now well. I particularly like the fuel injection, carbs being what they are to keep in tune, especially when there are more than one to balance. I recommend the later model 308 with the 3.2 QV, or else a 328. Nice cars, easy to drive. Very similar performance to the 275 GTB, a wildly more expensive model. Still modern-looking, and by current standards somewhat understated, even 30 years later (kudos to Pininfarina!) & affordable if you find the right car from the right seller. Most folks say this is the one to buy, particularly as a first Ferrari, and going by my experience, I agree.

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As a kid I was always mesmerized by the Ferraris in my local F-dealer. Every time we would drive by the dealer I would be glued to my window starring at the beautiful cars. My doctors office, as a kid (7yrs old), was right across the street from the F-dealer. I would beg my mom to take me just to look, obviously we weren't buying but I dreamed of having one. Fast forward to my 30th b-day, went to the same Ferrari-Maserati dealer to buy a Maserati Gran Turismo MC, walked out with an F430 :D


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As a kid I was always memorized by the Ferraris in my local F-dealer. Every time we would drive by the dealer I would be glued to my window starring at the beautiful cars. My doctors office, as a kid (7yrs old), was right across the street from the F-dealer. I would beg my mom to take me just to look, obviously we weren't buying but I dreamed of having one. Fast forward to my 30th b-day, went to the same Ferrari-Maserati dealer to buy a Maserati Gran Turismo MC, walked out with an F430 :D


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Good choice! 😁
 

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The Ferrari bug really hit me when I got my drivers license in 1982. All my friends were into muscle cars while I got a bear up old MGB/GT. Saw my first 308 in the flesh that same year. I never thought I'd be able to swing it, of course, so it remained a dream.
Then my wife and I were attending a meeting in the Palm Beach area at the same time as the Cavallino Classic, so of course we went, and I developed a virulent case of Ferrari Fever. A few days later I told her I was going to set up a 5 year plan to get myself a Ferrari when I turned 50. And so I did - took delivery of my gated 456M on Halloween; a month before the Big Day.
Now if they would just finish the construction on my road I could drive it...


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My old man had an old one we used to ride around in. Then around 16, I got to drive a newer one that one of his friends had. That pretty much sealed it fo rme.
 

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I can't remember when I was first introduced tot Ferrari, but I'm pretty sure my dream to own one came from Miami Vice. It was the white Testarossa that got me hooked. I think I had posters of it on my wall. I was probably 17 or 18 back then. I had never actually driven (or even ridden in) one until a couple months ago (I'm 45 now). I got to drive a friend's California T. I wish I hadn't done that because now I find myself shopping for one, which is what brought me to the forum.
 

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Good luck on your California T. Much more powerful than earlier Californias, and prettier to me.
 

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Good luck on your California T. Much more powerful than earlier Californias, and prettier to me.
Thanks. I will likely end up with a regular California. From 2014 to 2015, it's about a $50k jump in price - more than I want to spend. The interior of the T is more refined, but I actually prefer the body lines of the 2014. The extra power would be fun to have but not for $50k. It's my first Ferrari, so I'm just happy to have one- even if it's not the latest and greatest.
 

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I actually prefer the body lines of the 2014.
+1. View from the front also has a little of the look of the 250 Cali about it, which I like.
 

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Hi all,
Have just found this thread whilst looking for something else and thought I might contribute.Whilst attending practise as a six year old for the 1951 British GP at Silverstone, Froilan Gonzales stopped adjacent to us, after a piece of wood had been thrown up by another competitor and pieced his radiator.In those days only straw bales and policemen stopped you from reaching the black stuff and I duly ran from the roped crowd line with the intention of helping him to remove the offending object from the big red car only to be stopped by a copper and handed back to my embarassed and furious father.
But it had left a lasting impression and I vowed to own one in the future.
Now an adult my longing for a Ferrari only intensified as I passed Maranello Concessionaires on the Egham by-pass daily on my journeys to work, and, to rub salt in the wound our Chief Inspector then went and purchased a Giallo Fly Yellow Dino.
But my time would come, and whilst returning on the train from a course in Derby at RR and idly thumbing through a copy of C&SC I spied a new 328GTB for sale, albeit a left hooker, but at an affordable price.At the time the waiting for a new car R/H drive car was 4-6 yrs - in fact whatever car you ordered would probably have been superseded by a new model by the time it was built.
So it was off to Watford rather than Camberley where a deposit was taken and it was mine. But all things change and, after 6yrs, divorce came and car went.
And that was that until last year when, after a 2year search, i was fortunate to buy a pristine and very low mileage F430 Spider - deep joy.
Like blueboxer in a previous post i too used to frequent Modena Engineering fairly regularly as it was just down the road from Bell & Colville where I had bought a new Ti Alfasud and will always remember on one occasion walking in to their workshop and seeing a 250GTO with its shattered differential lying in pieces awaiting the manufacture of a new crown wheel and pinion.It had only just had a full Engine O/H and was being roadtested - heartache or what.
Oh - and I still don't like F1 gearboxes.
ATB
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I can relate to the baseball cards because when I was around 10 years old in Canada, even in warm BC. Due to the great one, hockey cards big. Even if you didn't watch hockey. You collected and traded hockey cards. The kind annoying thing about Ferrari, is they sort of stay expensive. Like 89/90 I was looking for a decent C4 Corvette. I found one or two good condition Dino's in the same price range. Now even the "entry" into Ferrari is expensive. Like Porsches a little better in this area. You can find decent cars closer to the "dream". I had the Corgi 308GTSI, etc.
 

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I loved the Daytona before the TR. And then when I discovered it was a replica, I was devastated !
I also could not believe they used a replica, it looked so original and then they replaced it with that proper TR having those reps demolished !

It's now close to 7 years for me into Ferrari ownership, I've learned so much and I'm enjoying my 328, either driving or doing some work on, it's stays fun and puts a smile on my face.

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How I bought my 2003 360 F1 Coupe

My ownership of sports cars over the years required that they be finely engineered and look great. That is why an Acura NSX was in my garage at the time the Ferrari 360 was introduced in 1999. The first time I saw a 360, I was stunned by its superb styling. It not only rivaled the graceful lines of the NSX but surpassed it.

My wife and I were living in Las Vegas, NV at the turn of century. A work assignment one day during the Christmas season caused her to be at a casino that was home to a Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini dealer. On Christmas day, I opened a gift she purchased for me, and lo and behold it was a 1999 scale replica of a red on black 360 coupe.

Although I was sincerely grateful for the gift, it did stir a passion in me that was throttled by the current purchase price for the "real thing." Nevertheless, the model found a prominent place on my credenza in my home office.

For sixteen years that model has sat there tugging at my heart. Over the years, I would check the internet for the cost of used versions of the "real thing." This summer, I saw a photograph of a red/tan Spider in a magazine, and this prompted, whimsically, a visit to the internet. To my surprise, I saw that prices for used 360s had fallen to a point that were within our budget. Six weeks later, a vehicle appeared that meet my qualifications. It was a 2003 silver F1 Coupe with burgundy interior. At first, the interior color was a concern, however, as I circulated a picture of the vehicle to family, I received an overwhelming response to "Buy it." Moreover, female were unanimous in calling it "gorgeous." I was convinced, and in less than a week negotiations for the purchase of the car were successfully concluded, and a week later it was on its way to New Mexico.

I have reaped rewards that have extended well beyond the simple pleasure of driving this vehicle. I am grateful to my wife for purchasing that model sixteen years ago for the joy the "real thing" has provided us.
 

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Albkid, another great story. Your F car is certainly a joy but even more so your better half deserves the accolade for how she treats you. I have no doubt that you feel how lucky you are for that. Enjoy in good health.

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Jimmy
 
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