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Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by stratos, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. stratos

    stratos Formula Junior

    Dec 9, 2003
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    Switzerland
    I was wondering if anyone had any stories of cases where people have been sold cars that were not what the seller was insinuating they were.
    I guess this can only happen with vintage cars.
    Anyone?
     
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  3. stratos

    stratos Formula Junior

    Dec 9, 2003
    637
    Switzerland
    OK, I know this must be a sensitive subject but surely someone can tell an interesting story.

    I know of many situations where this has happened but most of them involve P 911 cars.
    Instances where people have bought cars claimed to be RS 2.7, RSR or even R for considerable amounts and the cars turned out to be fake. In the 911 R case it even turned out that the car was in fact a 912...
    I guess that in the Ferrari world cases such as these are less common but must exist, am I wrong?
     
  4. Erich

    Erich Formula 3

    Sep 9, 2003
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    I know of one gentleman who bought a "works rally" Sunbeam Tiger at a national auction. Paid 31k US dollars.

    What he had was a tarted up Sunbeam Alpine. Value? 10k tops.

    Buying an Alger when you are in the market for a Tiger is a genuine concern.
    Buyer education is required. Join a club, find the internet marque resources (like Ferrarichat) and learn, learn, learn.

    Erich
     
  5. Victory

    Victory Formula Junior

    Jan 28, 2004
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    Surely the the buyers has to research their intended models, if they don't then they're just silly. I don't know about buying on the net but other than buying a new model, a car has to be viewed/checked before purchase IMO.
     
  6. zjpj

    zjpj F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
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    It's got to be Jon Voight's '89 LeBaron ;)
     
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  8. stratos

    stratos Formula Junior

    Dec 9, 2003
    637
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    Sometimes the differences between what's advertised and what's there are so subtle that only real experts can point them out. In the case of the RS 2.7 for instance only a few holes, welds and minor chassis structures differ from other models. A bad intentioned seller might mount all the mechanical and body parts to an otherwise standard chassis and fool people in the know, especially if the seller is renowned.
    I've noticed that suddenly the market seems full of Alfa Romeo Giulias GTA supposedly very rare.

    Even very prestigious Ferrari cars seem weird or doudtfull,250GT SWB #2301 for one.
     
  9. Enzo

    Enzo F1 Rookie

    Feb 14, 2002
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    Pat Pasqualini

    Just look at the teeth marks in the pencil
     
  10. tifosi

    tifosi F1 Veteran
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    Sep 5, 2001
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    That was a good episode :)
     
  11. Robertb

    Robertb Formula 3

    Nov 19, 2003
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    I was offered a 993 911 RS Touring by a well-respected Ferrari dealer which turned out to be nothing more than a C2 with a bodykit.

    In fairness, they really did not know either- should stick with Ferraris IMO!

    I bought a concours top-money Jag E type from a dealer which turned out to be an absolute heap- held togther by filler and chickenwire. Never got any joy from the dealer who disappeared...

    Robert.
     
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