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1994 348TS 'Factory Challenge' Car

Discussion in 'Challenge/GT Cars' started by foresterguy, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. foresterguy

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    Noticed this morning in Hemmings that one of the 13 1994 348TS factory Challenge cars is for sale by a dealer in Miami, Florida. According to my records this car (98188) sold in 2014/2015 by MBrandon Motorcars. The dealer is asking $124,000. Also, noticed that the Ad description is almost word-for-word the same as the MBrandon Motorcars Ad from 2014. It appears that it has only been driven 138 miles since 2015.
    Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with dealer/owner or any other entity associated with this car. I am posting this for those who may follow these cars.
     
  2. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    link to the dealer?
     
  3. foresterguy

    foresterguy Rookie

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  4. Ira Schwartz

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    Nice car, but with no Challenge equipment installed, and presumably no race history, what's the point? It's certainly a very good example of an unusual 348, but IHMO they aren't "real" Challenge cars unless they have their race equipment and competed in the Challenge Series.
     
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  5. leopard881

    leopard881 Karting

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    +1!
     
  6. ///Mike

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    Thanks to foresterguy for posting this. My records coincide with yours. In fact, the ad text is the same as the MBrandon listing.

    To some of us, an unraced factory Challenge car is the holy grail of 348 Challenges. It's not like the old cars that were raced by the biggest names in racing history-- most Challenge cars were driven by gentlemen racers, and they were often pranged. I can see where a Challenge car driven by a known racer with an unblemished history would be more valuable, but I'd rather own this factory built car than a dealer conversion or one that had been beaten up on.

    If you buy a 250SWB driven by Stirling Moss you're buying history, as well as the car. If you buy a 348 Challenge raced and wrecked by Joe Blow the arbitrageur, you're buying an old race car that's been repaired.

    In any case, the 348 Challenge is the first and the rarest of the Challenge cars. Making them, like all Ferraris, special, regardless of their history.
     
  7. M. Brandon Motorcars

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    Yes, I did sell this car back in 2014. I can't speak for the condition of the car currently, but when I owned it, it was fantastic. My ad copy pointed out the few issues with the car (paint, etc.), but at the end of the day, it's an extremely rare unconverted factory Challenge car.

    I'm a little peeved that the seller is using my ad copy verbatim, and I've called them out on it before when the car was advertised a couple of years ago.
     

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