Third-party dealers to buy from or avoid

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  1. suleyman

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    Ferrarichat brain trust:

    first time post, long time lurker.

    anyone with direct experience buying from 3rd party dealers for 330, 512BB/BBi, and 550/575? e.g. gullwing motor, LBI, or morris and welford, etc?

    of course caveat emptor and PPIs are mandatory, but willing to pay for reputable service and higher quality cars.

    thanks!
     
  2. suleyman

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    Disappointed that no one has a recommendation for their favorite dealers. Am I posting in the wrong subforum?
     
  3. cheesey

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    it doesn't matter which brand franchise a dealer has, they all cherry pick the inventory for them to keep for resale... best cars are easiest to resell with the least issues to come back and bite the franchise dealer, the cars with suspected issues are wholesaled.
     
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  4. suleyman

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    thanks cheesey, appreciate the response! Just looking for private broker shops to trawl their sites for inventory. particularly interested in 330 gtc's, which naturally are hard to come by. any further leads much appreciated, or if any private brokers are well know in the f-car world. I am new to the Ferrari vintage market, so apologies for the newbie question.
     
  5. msark

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    Private transactions are still the best. Many of the 3rd party dealers you noted will in fact take the best items and either offer them directly to their current clients or send them to an auction or BAT.

    Some factory Ferrari dealers offer competitive pricing and can also depending on circumstance offer Ferrari Extend Warranty or CPO. Although I've not yet bought from a F dealer due to specific circumstance I think highly of Houston (The Woodlands) and Cauley in Michigan.

    As a caution stay away from Ron Tonkin Ferrari in Portland..... Their sales manager (Steve Wintermantel) is a ner do well having shown a total lack of professionalism.
     
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    What are the specifics on the 330 you’re looking for?

    I know of a lot of cars, private party non advertised, some could be available, especially come spring.
     
  7. suleyman

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    Great input msark, thanks!

    1963: thanks for any leads--looking for a light green or light blue GTC that is the factory color (I know are hard to find). Must be a numbers matching, drivable, well sorted car--been down the road with major mechanical resto one too many times to go that route at this time. A restored example that is true to the originality of the GTC's factory interior is preferred, though I would be willing to undertake some aspects of an interior restoration.
     
  8. Premoto1

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    I would highly recommend Steve Markowski at RPM in Vermont. Their shop primarily specializes in classic Ferrari service and restoration. However, sales, both of their inventory and consignment, comprise a decent portion of their business. What I like about RPM is that their focus is the service/restoration end. So, the whole experience is a little more 'full service' than just getting sold a specific car. Additionally, Steve usually knows of quite a few more cars that are available than just the few listed on his website. I dealt with Steve directly when purchasing my dry sump 308. His cars are accurately represented. He will go out of his way to direct you to the right car for you rather than just sell you something in his inventory.
     
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  9. wiley355

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    A light green 330 GTC is currently on display at Griots Garage in Tacoma, WA. Don't know if it's for sale, or the year.

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  10. suleyman

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    Very good info and appreciate you pointing me in their direction. I had seen their advert cars online when looking at porsches in the past, and I didn't realize they were Ferrari experts as well! I will reach out to him as I nail down specifics on the short list of "older" Ferrari models I am paring down. Too many wants, not enough garage space (or time!).
     
  11. suleyman

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    Wow! stunning color combo. WIll have to inquire gently ;)
     
  12. rob

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    I dealt with just about every aspect of rpmvt and highly recommend them. I bought a car that they were selling on consignment and had them do a full service on it and they stored it for me in the off season and had them sell it for me. Peter and Steve are stand up guys whom I would highly recommend.
     
  13. F612

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    My experience with Naples Motorsports was good.
     
  14. kfmcmahon922

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    can you message me regarding your Naples Motorsports experience...I am looking at a car there...thanks
     

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