I posted up on F Chat and was pointed to this board as a more helpful resource here is hoping this is the case.
As most I have always lusted for a Ferrari since I was a lil tyke, my first love was for a 348TB which I had a burago model of when I was about 10. I have now had my sights on a F355 as to me its one of the greatest designs and best sounding vehicles of all time.
Im 26 now and with 2 businesses I have built up enough to start my pursuit of ownership this year. (always had the goal of ownership before 28)
I have been following the market and am pretty much set on an F355. There is one 360 Spider I really like that a friend owns that I would purchase in a heartbeat if it ever comes up for sale.
I have now driven both the F355 and 360 admittedly the F355 was not really much of a drive. And have had drives in the 355 and 360, and an f430.
I have first hand experience of working on these vehicles, I have helped install a mille migla exhaust on the F355 and a clutch change on the late Rene Rivkens black 360 modena (only 1200 kms on the odo mind you), whilst doing work experience at Scuderia Veloce that used to be at East Sydney. I know the difference between the models is quite large, and the build quality is overall is better on the 360.
But from reading on the boards owners fall into 2 categories generally 355 or nothing ( or any model that speaks to them), or buy the cheapest Ferrari you can afford. If I was to go the 360 route id wait for my friends Spider to become available sometime this year.
The one I have had my eye on is this example: http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/ferrari-f355-1998-10958813?base=1216&vertical=Car&cr=3&eapi=2&__N=1246%201247%201252%201282%204294966380%204294966369%201216&silo=Stock&Range=Price:Min,Max~0.5&sort=default
Its been sitting on casales for atleast 12 months and has dropped from 159k to 129k (and back up to 138K) in that time. It looks clean and has the fixes like fabspeed headers and service history with Zagame. Does any one know of this particular vehicle?
It has relatively high kilometres for a Ferrari 53k, but I have seen some with 20k kms with bodys and interior that present as they have done 80k kms or more, Im aware of the ability the 360 ECU has of storing actual mileage regardless of odo reading but unfortunately service records are the best way of authenticating the vehicles mileage on a F355.
Giallo Modena is not my first preference but havent seen a really clean 355 for sale at reasonble prices. Im only set on a 6 speed manual and berlinetta, preferably in Rosso Corsa with Tan interior and black carpet.
I have since made the journey to Melb to view this car and had a very limited test drive (10mins) and a viewing of the car, for me the seems to be a few holes in service history and the description is somewhat misleading. The claimed "recent" major belts service was performed in 2010 with the car having clocked 49k kms, and as Im aware the book states 3 years and some stretch to 5, but recent it is not. a receipt was provided in the book but the book not stamped for that service, it was also had long gaps between services and if I was an owner id get an annual fluids change on top of 4 year minimum majors and Id request stamped books the whole way through (maybe thats just me)
Also I find it a little strange that it is being sold by a Zagame salesman from Alfa/Lotus as his car, and yet its not advertised via Zagame Ferrari, even though they were the last to service the car in 2010.
I would get a PPI done ofcourse (the seller wants Zagame to perform this) im located in Sydney and Im not afraid of a little maintenance my race car taught me the expense of cars ( I spent 12k on race tyres alone this year) I just want sorted car, with an engine that wont need costly rebuild any time soon.
Who can perform a PPI in melbourne that is known for reliable and comprehensive check up? The seller insists the inspection is done where the car sits at the dealership aswell.
The seller has stated their price to be a firm 125k.
Any advice is appreciated. Im trying very hard to buy with the head and not the heart. Any pointers or heads up is much appreciated.
I look forward to joining the ranks soon enough.