Its finally happened, I am a Ferrari owner!

Discussion in '308/328' started by RAMMER, Sep 1, 2005.


    RAMMER Formula 3

    Feb 20, 2004
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    #1 RAMMER, Sep 1, 2005
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    It took more than 32 years. I wasn't looking to buy a car just yet but when I saw an add on FCHAT for a 1976 glass red/tan 308 GTB all hell broke loose in my life. After a few emails to the owner (a great guy named Jon) I went ahead and scheduled a PPI. I found the mechanic here on FCHAT, his name is David Castelhano (Bertocchi on FCHAT) and meeting him was a blessing. David and I had great communication and he performed the PPI in less than 3 days. The car had a few issues but for the most part it was very original and David's detailed report was very accurate. In fact, the car was in better shape than I had imagined. The first few days of Ferrari ownership have been interesting. Its really an emotional thing that I am still getting used to. In all, I feel a time of devestating hurricanes it almost feels weird to be so lucky. I have a great wife, son, family, friends, job, home, and now this 29 year old car that would mean nothing without everything else that I have.
    I would like to thank all of you on FCHAT who without knowing are very inspirational in your love and pride for these great cars.
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  3. ferraripete

    ferraripete F1 World Champ

    feels pretty good huh?

    a 76 glass is a keeper!!!! i hope you will really enjoy your car and hope you will spend a few mins. describing your fun after the first long drive.

    best, pcb
  4. SEAL2CC

    SEAL2CC Formula Junior

    Jan 19, 2005
    Congrats! It's beautiful. The joy of a new Ferrari and it's accompanying emotions well communicated and related to the things that REALLY matter! But if that son of yours is of mowing age..he has Labor Day chores coming up ;-) All the best and...

    Safe travels...

  5. traimpz348

    traimpz348 Formula 3

    Apr 13, 2004
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    Nice car and congrats!
  6. bretm

    bretm F1 Rookie

    Feb 1, 2001
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    Congrats, 308s are awesome. So small, svelte, and Italian in the a world of huge, squared off steel boxes.
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  8. jknight

    jknight F1 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2004
    Central Texas
    Beautiful car. Congratulations !!! It's been said many many times but 3 of the nicest words are indeed, "That's MY Ferrari."
  9. Tom S

    Tom S Formula Junior

    Jan 2, 2003
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    Thomas Saupe
    Congratulations. I waited a long time too and found ownership even more of a thrill than I had thought it would be. Hope you have the same experience. The car looks beautiful!
  10. rmdferrari

    rmdferrari Formula 3

    Jan 6, 2005
    Gatwick, UK
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    I too waited a while before taking the plunge, and it's a fantastic feeling opening the door and just grinning at what you see. (I still stroke it as I walk past)!!!! Hope you enjoy, looks lovely.
  11. 285ferrari

    285ferrari Two Time F1 World Champ

    Sep 11, 2004
    Southern Md
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    Drive it and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  13. angelis

    angelis F1 Veteran
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    Jun 18, 2004
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    Well done.

    One of the most beautiful cars Ferrari ever made.
  14. thecarreaper

    thecarreaper F1 World Champ
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    Sep 30, 2003
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    early carb GTB's are great :) , hats off ot ya! glass car is even better, a real plus in my book. would love to know the serial number, as i have been tracking them by build date and year.

    :) Michael, november 76 GTB*20433* :)
  15. BT

    BT F1 World Champ
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    Mar 21, 2005
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    Bill Tracy
    Congrats! Tune in to the Florida section for some events this season. Hope to see your car at one sometime soon.
  16. stevew

    stevew Formula 3

    Jun 9, 2002
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    I'd go a bit further "One of the most beautiful cars ever made"
  17. henkie

    henkie La Passione...
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    Apr 13, 2005
    Deil,The Netherlands
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    I have to mention your house also.... wow...
  18. RAMMER

    RAMMER Formula 3

    Feb 20, 2004
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    Its #19773 Reaper. I still remember your "I just bought a Ferrari thread". Here I am writing my own! Its great.
  19. tvu

    tvu Formula 3
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    Apr 13, 2004
    Southern California
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    Congrats on the purchase! Hope it was all you were hoping for & more.
  20. RAMMER

    RAMMER Formula 3

    Feb 20, 2004
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    Thanks, its new construction on the outskirts of town. I also bought five years ago before real estate went crazy in Miami. What i am trying to say is....I am not wealthy by monetary standards, just lucky to have a great life.
  21. GabyTR

    GabyTR Formula Junior

    Aug 8, 2005
    Beautifoul¡¡¡¡ I love the 308¡
  22. 308 GTB

    308 GTB F1 World Champ
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    Feb 7, 2002
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    Barry Wolinsky
    Congratulations, RAMMER!

    Yours is a July, 1976 manufacture.

    The U.S. Versions, or more properly, North American Version Fiberglass GTBs, according to Gerald Roush in the FML, were made in three groups in mid-1976: 20 in May (19397-19435), 40 in June (19505-19583), and a final batch of 40 in July (19725-19805). Each batch of cars had consecutive (odd) serial numbers.

    You should visit Robert Retzlaff's 308 GTB Register at:

    and register your car. The Register site also offers a wealth of information regarding this series.


    S/N 19399
  23. Bullfighter

    Bullfighter Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Jan 26, 2005
    Fullerton, California
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    What other car enthusiast site gives you lawn-care advice? ;)

    I'll add my congratulations - definitely a special car, and one that's found a good home.
  24. MJT328GTS

    MJT328GTS Formula Junior

    Mar 30, 2005
    St. Louis
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    Congratulations!! Welcome to the Ferrari family. Enjoy the fruits of your labor! You deserve it. The car is beautiful and I hope you enjoy driving it for a very long time.

    I too waiting a long time before I got one (15years) but it certainly was not as long as you, so I know how you feel. You worked hard for what you wanted so sit back and enjoy the ride!
  25. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    Feb 27, 2004
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    Jim Pernikoff
    Congratulations! I waited about 30 years to buy mine, so I guess we're in that same boat.

    It's amazing how different a spoiler-less GTB looks compared to the "standard" spoilered GTS. Now, not only do I want to paint my roof red, I'm considering taking off the spoiler......
  26. Capone

    Capone Karting

    Mar 29, 2005
    You're gonna have a lot of fun man. You'll find your little quirks in the car and fix them yourself. That's what connects you to your car. You'll find it runs better after you polish it! (kinda like it appreciates it) Now go look in your garage one more time before you go to bed.
  27. RAMMER

    RAMMER Formula 3

    Feb 20, 2004
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    Well I am 32 years old.....So I guess its not too bad.
  28. Shark49

    Shark49 Formula Junior

    Mar 31, 2005
    Boone, NC
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    #25 Shark49, Sep 1, 2005
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    CONGRATULATIONS! I too am a new Ferrari owner. 6 Months now and every day as I go to work I purposely go through the garage so I can run my hands along her side and relish in the fact that I too can say "That's my Ferrari". Sitting at your desk waiting till you get home so you can go for a drive. You will find yourself standing there, looking at her, staring, touching, SMILING in disbelief. It hasn't gotten old yet and I hope it never does. It truly is an experience that many can't understand and few will be able to. Only with a Ferrari can you make an announcement such as this and get such a response from like-minded, and probably a little crazy comrades devoted to an automible so raw and beautiful and that brings such emotion as if it were a new child. Again, congratulations and many happy days with your new joy. Enjoy!
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