Greetings - A few years ago, in a fit of fear as I contemplated a new clutch, catalytic converter replacement, and a few other odds and ends, I decided to sell my 3 pedal 360 spider. The timing was perfect - for the buyer. I sold it just before the 3 pedal cars moved higher, watching my "ex" gain significantly over the last few years. But that's life, and no point getting upset about it. The question now is: If I want to replace my 360 spider, in today's market, what's the best way to go? Some info: I'm a "senior citizen" - that means someone stole my 35 year old body and gave me this one -- complete with arthritis and decades worth of wear and tear. My wife also shares my arthritis and even though I enjoy a great sports car, I wonder about those low seats over the coming years. I have always had a manual transmission sports car, and the thought of a F1 bothers me. On the other hand, having driven the F430 and newer cars, I must admit that in those cars an F1 transmission is a very good match - getting the most out of the car all the time. The issue is I'm no longer looking to get every ounce of testosterone into my driving experience, and having a car shift in 60 microseconds isn't necessarily as much fun as "rowing your own". I also have 3 grandsons - all under 8 years old. The idea of a "2+2" has some appeal as I can see myself in a more comfortable car (sorry, at my age I actually think of that) and have room for the grandkids. I live 90 miles from one child, 175 to the other - perfect distances to enjoy a nice ride, particularly on back roads. So, my thought is to consider a F430 if I want to replace the 360 spider, or maybe a 612 if I want the 2+2. As I consider these cars I believe that at current prices the F430 F1 is very reasonable ($100-135K or so), but I'm unsure about earlier 2005-2006 versus the later 2008+ cars. Your thoughts are invited. I've heard some horror stories from owners about replacement cost for the CCB brakes, along with the common header problems and exhaust issues. I don't like aftermarket exhausts - too loud and not enjoyable, at least for me. The 612 F1 has a pretty wide price range, likely because there are fewer of them, but I'm sure with a little work I can find an appropriate car. The 612 manual transmission cars seem to have moved to levels far beyond my idea of reasonable. I don't know very much about this model, having only sat in one, unlike the F430 which I've been able to drive several times. Your experiences are welcome. Finally, I've also considered other cars - largely to avoid my prior history of unexpected and sometimes expensive repairs. I'm intrigued by the Ford Shelby GT350, which is now more available at sticker price, particularly the manual nature of that car. Yes, it's a bit of heresy(but at least the car's symbol is still a horse!). The car's flat plane crank does try to mimic the Ferrari sound - it's not really the same, but for $60K I didn't expect it would be. My friend bought one and I was impressed. The Recaro seats are not to my taste, but there is a comfort seat option for 2017 that could work for me. I also went for a test ride in the new Miata - enjoyed it, but it's not really comparable to a Ferrari (the Shelby really isn't either - interior materials are definitely several notches lower, but it is a lot of fun to drive), but it's a pretty cheap entry into what will definitely be an "occasional" driver. I also own a Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom - an amazingly fun motorcycle - it's a heavy machine, very comfortable, with lots of electronic nannies and ABS to keep me under control. It keeps my Italian heritage alive, but my wife no longer rides with me, and I would never consider giving a young grandson a ride on it. If any of you are looking for the equivalent of a GT motorcycle I highly recommend it, and it has a very Italian exhaust note! So, finally, my question. Do you think that the F430 or the 612 would scratch my Ferrari itch? What about running costs, future depreciation, etc.? I'm not against buying from a private seller, but I also don't mind paying a bit more to get a car from a top notch broker or franchised dealer to minimize future potential problems. Am I completely crazy to consider these cars? What about an alternative, like the Shelby, Miata, or the many used Porsches that always seem to be available? Sorry for the long post, but it's been a while since I considered a Ferrari, and I've been absolutely amazed at the prices - I remember considering a 512TR for less than I paid to buy the 360 Spider - now that car is worth about the same as a 458 Italia! Or the 550 Maranello that was even less expensive, now worth more than a mint F430 spider! The moral is clear - never sell a Ferrari!