Opinions on Merlin Auto Group and a 308 GTS QV

Discussion in '308/328' started by NYFAIM, Dec 30, 2018.


    NYFAIM Formula Junior
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    Feb 22, 2015
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    Howard R.
    #1 NYFAIM, Dec 30, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2018
    Hi all, I'm starting to look around for a 84/85 308 GTS QV in rosso corsa - preferably a euro with the deeper chin spoiler/smaller bumpers. I came across Merlin Auto group that has one for sale - VIN # zffua13a2f0058825. It has 54,xxx miles and they're asking $88k. Looks clean from the photos, but I also came across ads for $72k for the same car, so it seems a little fishy. I was wondering what the consensus was on this Merlin Auto Group, and if any one has any more information on this car? I'm not looking for a low mileage car, preferring a car that has been driven about 1k miles a year. Needs to have complete records, and be super clean, inside and out. no stories etc.


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  3. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    Feb 24, 2006
    Cerritos, CA.
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    Howard I’ve checked out Merlin Auto Group and I saw two 85 QV one has 54k miles and the other 58k miles and both priced at $88,000 and both US not euro.

    NYFAIM Formula Junior
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    Feb 22, 2015
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    Howard R.
    Thanks Mike - just noticed that Merlin Auto Group appears to be a sponsor here on FChat.
  5. rob

    rob F1 Rookie

    May 22, 2002
    Merlin had a q.v. on his site for 72k that was red and had a euro front spoiler and it was quoted in that ad that they were offering it for a lower price as it was in need of a service but it’s gone from their website now.
    I saw a show that the owner was in and it told a bit about him. If you google Merlin on caffeine and octane it will pop up,
  6. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    May 4, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
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    88K is strong money for a QV

    The values have dropped since our little 2014/2015 bubble.
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  8. killer58

    killer58 Formula 3

    Jun 30, 2010
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    Howard, PM sent
  9. Owens84QV

    Owens84QV F1 Rookie

    Oct 2, 2001
    Somewhere in NC
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    While I've never purchased a car from Merlin, Mitch DeFrancis is one of the sales gentlemen there and a honest and stand-up guy. If you have any questions, I would reach out to him directly.
  10. NYFAIM

    NYFAIM Formula Junior
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    Feb 22, 2015
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    Howard R.
    Thanks for the feedback. I think $88k is a bit optimistic. The maintenance records that they sent me are somewhat incomplete. I'm looking for a nice thick binder hopefully complete with all records.
  11. NYFAIM

    NYFAIM Formula Junior
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    Feb 22, 2015
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    Howard R.
    Just to follow up on this, here's a couple more details...
    Price was incorrect - should have been $72k instead of $88k.
    Fairly limited maintenance records - actually quite poor records.
    No tool kit (or at least no original tool kit).
    I may fly out and take a look at it just for sh!ts and grins. They have another 308 that I'd like to look at as well, and I have a friend that lives 10 minutes from them, so good excuse to visit him as well.

    Here's a link to the car...
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  13. ginoBBi512

    ginoBBi512 Formula Junior
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    Oct 9, 2016
    its amaze how much price has gone up for 308 328 this machine will need much $ looks nice on outside whats wrong inside u cant see
    always love the look 308 !!
  14. 4re308

    4re308 F1 Rookie

    Jun 13, 2001
    Woodstock, GA
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    Mitch D
    Hi everyone, I wanted to extend an invitation to everyone to come check Merlin Auto Group out. They have the largest selection of V8 Ferraris anywhere. We have 308s, 328s, 348s, 355s, 360s, F430s, we just sold a 458 and many Mondials; Coupes and Cabriolets. Plus we have 599 GTBs, 550 Maranello, 612s and 575Ms including a manual 575M. I welcome you all and I would personally love to walk you around. Please let me know if you can come for a visit. Thanks for the kind words Greg! :)

    Oh by the way, we have Winter Ferrari Tech Session on Feb 2nd! Come on by and visit.
  15. Continental AutoSports


    Aug 22, 2006
    Hinsdale, IL
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    Jeremy Sus / Parts Department
    +1, Mitch is one of the best in the business.
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  16. redline76

    redline76 Formula Junior

    Feb 26, 2008

    seems legit

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