I would like to start off by saying that this thread will not be for everybody... I debated long and hard whether I would even do a story on my 1985 400i given that it is unlike 99% of all others out there - the reason being is that it is no longer powered by a V-12, and instead, an American made Chevrolet LT-1. This is the point where those who are interested in getting know more about the car and I, ought to continue reading. And for those who absolutely could care less or are very opinionated about the horrendous travesty, this is the point where I encourage you to stop reading this thread. I am fully cognizant and aware of the dilemma sure to cause debate amongst owners of Ferraris, but I do ask ahead of time not to chime in on this very topic just yet and instead, comment should you absolutely must, on the work undertaken for the past 1.5 years since I bought it. Which, as of today's date, I have yet to drive it 5 feet... So, here we go. I grew up around Porsches and the very first memory of Ferraris was in the movie Le Mans, which my brother and I watched quite a bit when we were very young back in the Dominican Republic. Even by then, I rooted for McQueen's character piloting the 917's and against the formidable red cars from the Scuderia. Not only did my father own a white 1973 911 Targa, but him being the country's director of motorsports for 10+ years (my entire childhood), I was exposed to mostly racing 911's in the island. Hence, my strong penchant for the machines out of Stuttgart. Of course, at some point or another, Magnum PI's 308 came into my radar, as well as the white TR from Miami Vice. Both shows echoed my then young penchant to emulate another old icon - James Bond - to wit, these fictional characters fought the good fight, dressed well, attracted the ladies, and drove b*tchin' rides (in no particular order)! On the racing side of things, I was already an F1 aficionado in the '80's and was onto the McLaren (Tag - Porsche) magic of Prost, Senna, and other notables - but certainly not on the Alboreto, Berger, Johansson side. So, the Ferrari marque never quite appealed to me until much later in life. I believe the very first time I saw a 400i was in the movie Rain Man in 1988. It struck a chord, me being 15 at the time, because it was elegant, classy and understated versus the very red and typically, very loud stablemates of the time. About 10 years or so later, I put to paper a list of dream cars and the Ferrari 400i (specifically, as a 5 speed) was in the list - which I still have, by the way! Ten years or so after that, I then first saw Chassis No. 46567. I started going to eBay Motors long ago simply for entertainment as a way to keep abreast of the vehicle market on my favorite marques. Always, and through today, only looking at pretty neat cars from old to newest, all in 1 website. Back in 2009, even though I had been practicing law for a number of years, I had a big school loan, a mortgage on a bachelor pad in Miami where I had been practicing since becoming a lawyer, as well as a big credit card debt. However, that had not stopped me from having owned an '81 BMW Alpina B7S in college (which replaced a '85 Maserati Biturbo), an '00 M Z3 Coupe, and my then daily driver, a '94 Jaguar XJS. The notion of seeing 46567, having the look of one of my dream cars, but with a reliable and cheap to maintain V8 hit me like a ton of bricks!!! The money being asked was a modest amount, but I simply did not have it and neither my parents nor my bank would loan me funds to purchase an almost 25 year old Ferrari, with a checkered title, and without its original engine! At the time, I was incredibly frustrated because it seemed as if 46567 had everything I wanted out of a Ferrari. However, I am glad that I did not purchase it then as for all the reasons above, as it was not the right timing. Fast forward to the summer of 2013 where my law practice had picked up and I found myself on a business trip away from my young family. What else to do back at the hotel room? Well, it was a no brainer to go on eBay for amusement, of course. Before I clicked on the link to Ferraris, for half a second, I chuckled and whispered to myself a "Yeah right..." as if I would really ever 'luck out' again in finding 46567 specifically. At this point in my life, I simultaneously owned a '91 911 Turbo for a few years as well as a '92 Mercedes 500E, both cars nicely modified - I also owned a '91 BMW 850 which had spent most of its time at the shop. I had known already for a long time the costs involved in maintaining older European luxury cars and hence, my ever so present reluctance in specifically not delving into Ferrari ownership, as the reputation preceded the marque as far as costs and/or maintenance were concerned. Anyhow, 15 seconds later into Ebay Motors, there it was - 46567 - for sale by the same owner who had bought it in 2009 from the dealership in Minnesota, and I knew right then and there, it would be mine.