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From 240z to 458

Discussion in '458 Italia/488' started by wthensler, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. wthensler

    wthensler Karting
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    Apr 27, 2015
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    Here's where it started - my first sports car. An orange on black, 1972 Datsun 240z, 4 speed, around 155 hp. As a poor college student, I borrowed money from Dad to buy (and then fix) it.

    Later would come Sciroccos, Supras, Porsches, and finally, a 458 Spider. Who'd a thunk, almost 40 years later, the bug would never leave - it would just get worse. That certain feeling when I get behind the wheel and turn the key. I still get it. Being at one with the car. I am truly blessed. Image Unavailable, Please Login

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  2. Viperjoe

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    Fantastic journey. Believe me the longevity of your passion is shared by many contemporaries. Enjoy the 458. It’s a masterpiece in every way. Please post some photos and enjoy your new ride in good health.


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  3. tekaefixe

    tekaefixe Formula Junior

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    Enjoy your ride! Blessings had nothing to do, you worked your ass off/saved a lot/got lucky :D
     
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  4. dustman

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    Awesome!
     
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  5. iloveferrari

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    Was that original paint? I love it!
     
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  6. speedy pete

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    thats great....my first car was a 240z. Though there were about 60 cars in between i'm in a 458 spider now. certainly different rides but both put huge smiles on my face behind the wheel!
     
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  7. wthensler

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    No, it was a car from upstate New York where the combination of salty roads and Datsun making the car out of reconstituted beer caps spelled disaster. It started rusting after about a year. My girlfriend at the time called it the Hansel and Grettel mobile, because it used to leave little pieces behind wherever we went.

    The guy I bought it from doctored it up pretty good, but after some initial mechanical problems, it settled into being a really reliable and fun car to drive. I loved it, until the cancer took its course on the frame. The early Z cars were famous for this.

    Still, some of my fondest memories were spend behind the wheel of that vehicle. And talk about appreciation, the price new was a bit north of 3k, now they’re 35k plus........
     
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  8. SeaNile

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    Love it! My first was a 1978 or was it a 1979 280zx. Love that car! Recently bought and sold a 1990 300zx twin turbo. To this day that is my dream car.
     
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  9. soniouze

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    My first car was also 1974 260Z and 2 years later changed to an orange 1970 240Z.
     
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  10. wthensler

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    There was something about that orange that was soul-grabbing. Datsun went out on a limb to produce such a radical color scheme, which in my opinion, worked extremely well. That ‘70 Z is a rare beast indeed, I’m sure you wish you kept it......but don’t we all.
     
  11. buddyg

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    #11 buddyg, Jan 12, 2019 at 1:18 PM
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    My first was a 1978 Datsun 280Z with an aftermarket turbo and 4 speed trans. British Racing Green.

    Then:

    1986 Camaro Iroc Z
    1991 Dodge Stealth Twin Turbo
    1993 Toyota Supra turbo
    1996 Acura NSX-T
    1997 Porsche 993 turbo
    2000 Jaguar XKR convertible
    2002 Hummer H1 convertible
    2002 Porsche 996 turbo modified 630 rwhp
    2011 Cadillac CTS-V modified 658 rwhp
    2013 Ferrari 458 Spider - current
    2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
    2018 Dodge Challenger Demon - current daily
     
  12. StuM

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    I too began with a Z, over 40 years ago. A ‘71 240Z and also a US Northeast car, so the tin worm set in very early. Have owned around 80 cars since, including a ‘79 280ZX and a F430 spider. Currently looking at a few local 458 and 488 spiders, but haven’t jumped yet. It’s been a great ride. Happy motoring.
     
  13. wthensler

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    I took the plunge two weeks ago, and I couldn’t be any happier. The 458 Spider is just an incredible automobile. Let us know how you make out. I do miss the dual Hitachi carbs and the way the hood opened, as well as the dash of the 240.
     
  14. StuM

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    Thanks. Been biding my time watching value depreciation curves, the overall financial market and the various issues/concerns some 458/488 report. Each time I get close to a 458, especially, I read or hear of some owner having new headaches, such as the dreaded sticky dial and parts issues.
     
  15. cavsct94

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    Mine was a '91 300ZX! Loved that car!
     
  16. buddyg

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    458 has been one of the most dependable Ferrari’s made.
     

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