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  1. DavidWP

    DavidWP Karting

    Mar 17, 2004
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    David W Palmeter


    In the early '80's, I was considering the purchase of an affordable Ferrari. A friend found a very affordable one and decided he would round up some of our cronies and surprise me (and a very skeptical wife) with the proposal that this one would be a good choice. The photo session was to document the somewhat, dare I say it, trashy Ferrari in my driveway on trash day. I will let you decide what level you would guess my wife's skepticism reached.

    The bonus footage shows my sleeper collection, a red 'Vette and and an 'unmarked police car', as the skeptic called it. Enjoy.......
     
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  3. Smiles

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    I love it.

    Before I could drive, my father bought the 1981 GTSi that I still have. At some point we were driving all around the suburbs of Pittsburgh. We came to a 4-way stop at a shady old brick road. And also stopped at the cross street was a GTE. People in both cars were so surprised we didn't know how to react!

    Matt
     
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  4. Alex308qv

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    I love it. “Get that piece of junk out of here... we need room for our Chevette!”
     
  5. turbo-joe

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    nice video, and the engine seemed to be in good condition - no oilsmoke when driving
    but is this a 2 color car or is this dark brown rust?
     
  6. Pmo75

    Pmo75 Karting

    Jan 17, 2016
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    The price of the toolkit today is problsby more than the price of the car then!
    Great story!!
     
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  8. amerikalei

    amerikalei Karting

    May 23, 2011
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    Nice Dunlops on the T1000! Why was the paint in that condition?
     
  9. DavidWP

    DavidWP Karting

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    It did seem to be a good engine.

    Just a nice yellow and primer paint job. :(

    The owner had done some restorations (2383 among them) but decided 3199, at the time, was not worth restoring. I think it went to a chop shop to be made into a phony hi-zoot "Ferrari".
     
  10. DavidWP

    DavidWP Karting

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    Factory paint and elbow grease, why do you ask?
     
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    ag512bbi F1 Veteran
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    Are you saying that that video was from the 80's. I would have guessed early 70's.
     
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  13. DavidWP

    DavidWP Karting

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    Actually, it was filmed, appropriately, on April Fools Day 1980. I did buy a GTE (4959 - RIP) on January 24, 1981.

    Picture below is September 18, 1982 – Hoosier Swap Meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – My 4959, Lee Wilson’s 275 GTB Alloy 08059, Lee’s 250 GT Spyder California Alloy 2383, Ed Howell’s 365 GT 2+2 ‘Queen Mother’ 13151 Image Unavailable, Please Login
     
  14. ag512bbi

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    Wow, looks like the 70's. Love reading stuff like this!
     
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  15. amerikalei

    amerikalei Karting

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    I meant the 250 GTE... T100 looked about as good as one of those hot hatches could!
     
  16. DavidWP

    DavidWP Karting

    Mar 17, 2004
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    3199 was a stalled restoration bought cheap and driven, without a heater and with a porous floor, from North Carolina to Northern Indiana in the dead of winter. Primer and paint two-tones are the official colors of stalled restorations. Should we assume that the cost of stopping the engine smoke exhausted the NC dude's restoration bank account? Wonder where the remains of 3100 are now?
     
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  17. DavidWP

    DavidWP Karting

    Mar 17, 2004
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    Not 3100, I should have said 3199. Does anyone have any information about what happened to it?
     

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