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Old 04-13-2017, 11:49 AM
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It's supposed to be mat black. I'm having mine repainted in Oro Chiaro in a couple of months, that's how I know
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Thank you. I've been following your posts. Its going to look fantastic in gold. Its funny how these rare colours must have seemed an odd choice when the cars were new but now look really great.

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Old 04-14-2017, 02:17 PM
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Old 04-14-2017, 02:29 PM
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:12 PM
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The Three Musketeers - I got to meet 2 other local Mondial owners in the SF Bay Area



The guy on the left is Dr. Ben Brown. He wrote this fantastic summary of his almost quarter century of experience owning the car.

By Dr. Ben Brown:

Following an 18-month investigation, I purchased my 1991 Ferrari Mondial t cabriolet (Chassis #89362) from The Toy Store in Fort Lauderdale, FL in November 1994. It was a very deliberate choice. The search was long as I wanted a Mondial t with a blue exterior and tan interior. I also wanted a mint condition Mondial t with a single plate clutch, Motronic 2.7 ECU,
Bosch electrics and knee bolsters on the dash which limited me to cars from 1990 or later. When I first saw the Mondial t in the showroom, I was struck by the elegant color combination of Chiaro Blu Metallizzato and Tan Interior.

The car had 12000 prior miles and underwent a pre-purchase inspection at Shelton Motorsports which it passed with flying colors and was mailed to me before I agreed to fly to Florida for a test drive. The car drove flawlessly so I purchased it and had it shipped to my residence in Portland Oregon by Horseless Carriage in time for a Christmas 1994 arrival.

I ordered a full set of five Schedoni tan leather suitcases for the Mondial, The large suitcase for the front trunk was obtainable only after I contacted Simone Schedoni in Modena. Over a number of subsequent years, I added many features to the car to enhance its usability on long road trips. These features included:

1. Tubi exhaust
2. Hyperflow catalytic converters
3. A custom stereo system designed to retain all existing space in
luggage compartments and rear quarter map pockets. The system had:
- Two Alpine PDX M6 amps under the driver and passenger seats
- ADS 320is front channel speaker (front of doors)
-Audio Illusion subwoofers (mid doors)
-Dynaudio rear channel speakers in custom enclosures (rear doors)
- Remote control mounted on steering column for Sony AM/FM/CD
4. Custom ebony wood panels replacing plastic panels surrounding switches in the center console
5. Pigskin suede covering for the top and face of instrument binnacle to
eliminate windshield reflections from the binnacle top
6. Larger Momo shift knob with custom tan leather insert
7. Custom brackets to hold two Leather CD holders (20 CDs each)
8. Custom snaps and velcro on Leather cover for convertible top
to increase attachment points from 6 to 20 points.
9. Custom Aluminum kick plates on leather door thresholds
10. K&N Air Filter
11. Clutch throw out bearing by Hill Engineering.
12. Carpeting for front trunk
13. Built in battery trickle charger

Between 1995 and 2013 my Mondial was driven on 25 round trips from Portland Oregon to Big Sur California. Driving the Big Sur Highway has always been my favorite drive. Each round trip was between 2100-2300 miles. The Mondial was also driven on one round trip from Portland to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole Wyoming. In addition the car was driven on many shorter car club driving events. Since moving to Sausalito California in 2013 the Mondial has been driven to Santa Barbara, Mendocino and Big Sur, has gone on multiple driving events with the Ferrari Owner's Group, the Wine Country Car Club and the Ferrari Club of America where the car completed the 2014 and 2015 Delta Dash events.

As of February 2015, my Mondial t has car has completed 74000 miles, The Mondial was also shown in display class at the 2014 Concorso Italiano in 2014, the 2014 Sausalito Classic Car Show and the 2013 Biscotti and Cars event in Sausalito.

Our Mondial remains our favorite long distance travel car, even though we also enjoy driving our 1987 Porsche Targa, 1970 Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 Coupe, 2003 Audi RS6, 2008 BMW 335i coupe and 2002 Subaru WRX.

The handling

The Mondial is exceptional due to the long wheelbase and mid-engine configuration but the car also has a very comfortable ride on smooth roads. The 3.4L V8 motor has excellent mid range power which is great in town. There is lots of luggage space, unlike many Ferraris. The sharply angled Mondial windshield allows air flow to pass above the heads
of driver and passenger without messing up anyone's hair. I am always glad my pre-purchase investigation led me to pass up two other Ferraris which I was considering (a 512 BBi and a 330GTC) in favor of the Mondial t cab. The choice of the Mondial t cab made it possible to take 62000 miles of spirited, Ferrari driving trips in the open air with plenty of luggage. over the past 20 years. I was not looking to make a fast buck on appreciation but was looking for a car which would get driven a lot.

Downsides

Well, Ferrari parts are extremely expensive and sometimes hard to find. The only major breakdown on our 10th long trip required leaving the car at Ferrari of SF for 3 months to replace a clutch shaft assembly and ring gear at a cost of over $10K. Fortunately we have not had another major breakdown. But replacing original AC hoses with leaky fittings and converting to R134A involved 15 hours or R&R labor though I saved over $1K by having a local hydraulic shop make a set of AC hoses with better-than-original fittings. The AC works very well with R134A at $3/lb compared to $90/lb for the old R12. Obtaining a great mechanic (John Heim) at SF Motorsports in San Rafael was a very lucky find indeed.

Mondial t Precautions

The most important is driving very slowly over speed bumps which can scrape the underside between the front and rear wheels due to the long wheelbase. On a recent Wine Country Wine club tour, my Mondial was outrun by a Citroen 2CV on each of the many very bumpy, potholed laced,, unrepaired Sonoma country roads. The 2CV was designed with a high road clearance for awful French country roads. The Mondial was definitely not. I did manage to catch up whenever the roads improved. ON a twisty road, with a good surface, however, my Mondial t has managed to maintain the pace of at least one 458 behind me on one high speed driving event.

Before deciding on purchasing the Mondial t, I did a six-month literature search of American, British, German and Italian tests and still have a collection of literature (from Ferrarissima to Road and Track.) The following is what I gleaned from this reading:

A total of 1010 Mondial t Cabriolets (including LHD and RHD cars) were built from 1989 to 1993. The t designation referred to a major redesign with a longitudinal engine and transverse transmission which lowered the center of gravity by 5" compared to the earlier transverse engine 3.2 Mondial. The engine in the t is the 3.4 Liter, 4 cam , 4 valve/cyl V8
with Bosch Motronic 2.7 ECU (after 1990) producing 300bhp at 7000rpm. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, which is well suited to the strong mid range torque of the 3.4 engine. Disk brakes are ABS assisted. Suspension is manually adjustable by a console swiitch with soft, regular or hard settings. Test performance figures include top speed = 159 mph, 0 -60 time = 6.2 sec, highway mileage = 24 mpg. The t model has front and rear trunks. with a long-wheelbase, mid-engine configuration. Wheels are aluminum alloy:F: 7x16".and R 8.5x16". Empty curb weight is 3452 lbs.

The future:

Mondial drives to Mendocino, Santa Barbara , Concorso
Italiano and the FCA National Meet in Monterey this year. Forza Ferrari.

Ben Maurice Brown MD
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:16 PM
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Finally got my historical plates...

Saved me $550 a year and I 'may*' get smog exemption.

*it's the luck of the draw. you're not supposed to get smog exemption, but some people that got these plates (even recently) got smog exemption by mistake.

I'll know in a few months if I lucked out!
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:39 PM
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<sarcasm>what an ugly car!!!</sarcasm>
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:43 PM
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:34 PM
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One of the few and I mean few things nice here in good ole Maryland is Historic registration begins at age 20. No inspection or emissions. Cheap insurance but the guys with the rusted out 75 chevy pickups with wooden beds and the like will ruin it for us all. I will enjoy it as long as I can.
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Old 04-16-2017, 04:16 PM
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I really don't see how anyone can call the Mondial ugly

I was at my warehouse today working on another car and looked out at the Mondial after coming back from a 50 mile drive. Ugly? No way!
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:06 PM
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Might as well put it here also. My 63 year old great granny.
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:31 PM
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Sunset in Albuquerque, New Mexico, featuring my 1986 3.2 Cabriolet.

Sunsets in the West are the Best!

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Old 04-20-2017, 11:23 PM
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Sunset in Albuquerque, New Mexico, featuring my 1986 3.2 Cabriolet.

Sunsets in the West are the Best!

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love this photo...
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:03 AM
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Might as well put it here also. My 63 year old great granny.
Sweet.
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1983 Mondial QV coupe

1983 Mondial QV Coupe
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Old 04-23-2017, 10:01 AM
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That is a beautiful QV...what kind of suspension setup are you running?
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Slightly modified H&R. 19" Speedline wheels. Stance is just right for me. Handles great also. Another pic shows how the wheels fit correctly inside the wheelhouse.
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Old 04-23-2017, 03:59 PM
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1983 Mondial QV Coupe
Love that look.

Pic from beatiful spring day in PA
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:58 PM
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1983 Mondial QV Coupe
Love those old red coupe with newer wheels.

Beautyfull car!
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Old 04-24-2017, 07:00 AM
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Pic from beatiful spring day in PA
Very different from the -10C we had yesterday morning with a inch of snow. Snow is still not totally melted here.
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