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Ferrari dealer coming to St. Louis

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  1. Jeff Kennedy

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    St. Louis is getting a Ferrari dealer at long last.

    The last dealer was Brentwood Volvo which ceased their Ferrari side somewhere in the mid or late 1990s. Then there was St. Louis Motorcars which only ever had the Authorized Ferrari Service with the unrealized expectation of getting the sales franchise. That all ended in about 2011.

    The new dealership is planned to start construction in early March with a completion in October/November 2021. It will be located net to the Porsche dealership that is another part of IndiGO Auto Group.

    Many of us have been wanting to see a franchise appointment for a long while. Indications already is that they will be actively involved with our local Missouri & Southern Illinois Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America.
     
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    Glad to know you will have someone in your area. The midwest is a Ferrari desert, IMO.
     
  4. Jeff Kennedy

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    The other dealers in the middle of the country are:

    Chicago (2)
    Detroit
    Columbus
    Texas (Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas)
    Denver
    Salt Lake City
     
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    There's no Ferrari dealer in Memphis. Personally, I think they're missing out on a rich market. There's a surprisingly large community of individuals with a lot of disposable income here. It's one of the least expensive places to live in probably the developed world so anyone who makes more than $100k a year is living like a literal king. For what it costs for a shed in the Bay area, one can have among the most expensive estates in the county.

    A Ferrari dealer in Memphis would do well.
     
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    And how about Indianapolis? There are a huge number of car owners and racers who live near there.
     
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    One can come up with a list of places that each can create a compelling argument. I have heard some rumors of there maybe being some more cities getting considered for franchises but getting any solid information past that is not being told.
     
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    Being less than an hour from a Ferrari dealer (two, actually) played a big part in my decision to buy a car.
     
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    That is awesome news Jeff. I have been on the fence on purchase but this moves the needle on me stepping a foot in the Ferrari world.
     
  11. Jeff Kennedy

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    If you are not already a member, then also join the Ferrari Club of America. For the St. Louis area we are the Missouri & Southern Illinois Chapter.
     
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    That's great news for St Louis owners. I used to take my 328 to Brentwood Volvo back then ('02-'04), and then Bentley of STL. The latter was involved in FCA activities (and sponsored the track days).
    The St Louis FCA chapter is a bunch of very nice and down-to-earth people. I remember Bud Strotheide (512TR), Jim Weddle (with the collection), Ian & Claudia Poertner, etc. Hope they are all doing well.
     
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    Ferrari dealers don't do great in large markets, you expect them to do well in small markets?
     
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    Is indiGO keeping quiet about this? I can’t find news of this happening anywhere else. I see where they purchased Ferrari Silicon Valley.
     
  16. Jeff Kennedy

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    St. Louis does have a significant car scene. The Lambo dealer tells me that they we are considered a lower 1/3 market but that they always performed in the top 1/3. I rather suspect that the same will happen when the new store is open.
     
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    There are imposed reasons that indiGO is having to hold off on making official public announcements.
     
  18. GuyIncognito

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    the logic behind STL as the location has always been 8 hour drive (or less) to KC, Springfield MO, NW AR, Little Rock, Indy, Memphis. much like MAG in Columbus serves all of Ohio, KY, WV, and western PA.

    combined a Ferrari dealer in STL will serve a market of 15-20mm people (and lots of wealth/disposable income)
     
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    That certainly makes sense. We've had several St. Louis area independents and authorized of other luxury makes sponsor Crescent Classic, but they only last a year or two, then go out of business or move on. Wish I could remember all their names.
     
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    The only from St Louis I recall was Bentley/Lambo/Maserati St Louis. They were title sponsor for a while - interesting characters. That was back when they got Maserati and were trying to get Ferrari. They sponsored for a number of years until Ferrari Denver became title sponsor.
     
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  21. GuyIncognito

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    STL Motorsports sold to Holman Automotive last year, but yes the original ownership/mgmt was...interesting. liked to have a good time :eek:

    wasn't EMM (Exotic Motors Midwest) involved with Crescent at one point? they got bought by Marshall Goldman
     
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    Yep!!! I remember when the Bentley Continental first came out. They brought a demo to Crescent. My wife really liked it. While we were looking at it, Graham told me "Take it on the rally in the morning. Have fun with it. Get is sideways!!!"

    I do not recall them. But I could be wrong. I remember Premier from SGF sponsored for a year or two.
     
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