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buying a ferrari for the first time

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by martin, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. martin

    martin Rookie

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    Hi all,

    a brief account of why i joined this site:

    My father was absolutely passionate about ferrari's thoughout his life and had always owned one as long as i could remember. He lived in the states for many years so i never really learn't much about ferrai's from him although i always thought they were amazing cars. he sadly passed away last year and ever since i've had to urge to continue his passion by buying my own ferrari which is a daunting experience coimg from someone who has always owned old classic mini's (!)

    i basically joined this sit to get a bit of advice about buying a second hand ferrari (older the better), what to look for or where are the best places to go (i live in the london area) such as auctions, specialist ferrari garages etc. cost is not much of an issue and i'm prepared to pay to have a fair amount of work done on it although i dont want to have to completely restore it because of the time factor invloved. any other suggestions of how to find out more information about old ferrari's would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you all!
     
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  3. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

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    When you've read the above have a think about what you want - look at classified ads - look at this site - use the 'search' function - many of your questions will be answered - then come back when you need specific advice/ideas - good luck welcome & enjoy
     
  4. yorkshirelad

    yorkshirelad Formula Junior

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    Martin, this and F-chat.com are superb, helped me no end,...try going to a local f-chat meet or even a FOC meet...and try to look back through previous threads for info, saves asking the same question again!,
     
  5. Hud

    Hud F1 Veteran
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    I would recommend a 348 as a good entry level car. You shouldn't lose any money on one, there's still plenty of lovely examples around and they are generally very reliable cars. There one or two lovely examples on here for sale' ie burrianas, omega steves.
     
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  7. F328GTS

    F328GTS Formula 3

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    Hi Martin, and welcome.

    I think you need to decide which model you want first and take it from there. You said the older the better, how old are we talking, and what's your budget?

    The 328 is an excellent first Ferrari, but I would say that 'cause it is my first. :)
     
  8. sletti

    sletti F1 Veteran
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    Welcome to Ferrarichat Martin. I'm sure we will all do our best to put you in touch with the information you need.

    Where are you based?
     
  9. yorkshirelad

    yorkshirelad Formula Junior

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    Martin, try to fill in your profile so we know where you are in the country,
     
  10. martin

    martin Rookie

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    thanks for this. well at least i now know what i'm getting into, still positive about it though!
     
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  12. yorkshirelad

    yorkshirelad Formula Junior

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    Martin, just take your time, ...my experence so far is buying a 348 which i've had 7 weeks so far, we looked at 5 others before going for this one, which we bought private. and so far the only problem is getting the chuffin horn to work!! dead good fun though
     
  13. martin

    martin Rookie

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    people have thrown up a few models to look into so i'll do that and get back to you, i dont want to rush into anything! like i said money isn't really an issue where this is concerned, i'm very much in to classic cars although i'm open to any age as long as i like the car.
     
  14. martin

    martin Rookie

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    london, north west.
     
  15. chaa

    chaa F1 Veteran

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    Oh no, not london;) Another one:(
     
  16. martin

    martin Rookie

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    haha, i sense i've hit a raw nerve!
     
  17. yorkshirelad

    yorkshirelad Formula Junior

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    London carparks must be full of F-cars by now!! :)
     
  18. martin

    martin Rookie

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    yeah i guess one more wont hurt! i'm liking the 348 (looks like it could be a good 1st buy) any advice/horror stories about this model?
     
  19. stevep

    stevep F1 Veteran

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    burriana on this forum has a lovely 348 spider for sale you will not find better, pm him if yer intersted
     
  20. chaa

    chaa F1 Veteran

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    :D:D:D.........oh no not another 348 owner...and from London......;)
     
  21. mark328

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    First owned Ferrari go with the 328, great driver and very dependable
     
  22. yorkshirelad

    yorkshirelad Formula Junior

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    More the merrier!!!!

    Martin, there's a few 348's for sale by f-chatters, (burrianas yellow one is cool) pictures are on this page of threads
     
  23. martin

    martin Rookie

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    haha it just gets worse doesn't it! cant believe the stereotype i'm creating here.
     
  24. Hazy

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    Jeez, another shandy drinking southern poofta.


    Welcome mate ;)
     
  25. yorkshirelad

    yorkshirelad Formula Junior

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    Martin, ... Most from Londoners think 'northerners' are anyone above Luton
     
  26. jasonSF

    jasonSF Karting

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    My first Ferrari was a 348. They are a great car. Very reliable indeed. I used mine as my daily drive for 10 months. The cost to keep one is minimal. As long as you like the look (which I did) you would not go wrong.
     
  27. jasonSF

    jasonSF Karting

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    Is this not the case then? :D
     

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