I am currently in the learning curve 12-18 months before my first F-car acquisition which will be a Testarossa. This board has provided invaluable information in helping me formulate my decision. Hopefully, I will be able to repay the free advice I have gleaned from those of you here in the technical section who have indirectly contributed to my knowledge bank......and hopefully that repayment will not involve a transaxle or engine rebuild....heh. It's time for my first query as I am getting to the point where I will start to assess cars being offered for sale. I am of the position that it is in my best financial interests to buy a TR with mileage between 20-60K miles for the lowest price and in the best "cosmetic" condition that I can find. I am prepared to spend money in the shop to sort the car.....thousands in fact. My reserve fund will equal 35-50% of the purchase price. Why ??? 1-They will continue to depreciate somewhat. I figure 10-20% over the next 3 years. 2-The costs of major repairs (engine,transaxle, etc) will set you back tens of thousands regardless if your car is a 1,000 miler or a 60,000 miler. It costs the same............These are old cars...........Secondly, my Porsche ownership experience and 16 years of selling stuff like this leads me to believe garage queens are too much trouble at the end of the day. 3-Given the state of TR speedo's and the ease of fudging mileage I have serious doubts about these cars real accumulated mileage even with records. 4-I plan to drive the car every day except in winter if possible. 5-I am not terribly worried about resale........a TR in 5 years from now with 60-100K is worth what......$20-25K USD ??? Fully sorted and reconditioned I'd be crazy to sell it for that kind of money. 6-The repairs "you" have done versus those done by someone else are always better in the long run because you know what was really done and how it was done. Tell me what your thoughts are in this regard..........I find the garage queen debate versus the drivers interesting......but on the technical forum I think I'll find more answers related to this issue from people who have "been there done that". Thank you for any and all replies.