PH Carpool: Ferrari Mondial


Name:
Mark Jackson
Car:
Ferrari Mondial T Coupe
Owned since:
October 2012
Previously owned:
Westfields (six different chassis types with over 10 different engines and five gearbox configurations!), some other kit cars, BMW Mini Cooper S, E36 M3 Evo

It's like a Ferrari but a bit more sociable!
It's like a Ferrari but a bit more sociable!
Why I bought it:
"I have been in to Westfield Sevens for as long as I can remember and have over the years tried most engine and chassis combinations. Finally I started to really modify them with full cages, straight-cut gears and no trim or comforts in an effort to get more and more hp/weight ratio out of them. However the realisation that walking into a pub in summer wearing an anorak, sporting 'helmet hair' and carrying a helmet, steering wheel and above all a bum bag full of phones and wallet was not a good look and a growing family that wanted to come out with daddy put an end to the Westfield habit.

"I briefly tried an E36 M3 Evo convertible, which was fantastic up front but not so good if you're eight or six years old in the back. So I wanted a coupe that was stylish, fast and that tricky blend of classic looks and modern to drive, but a keeper, something I could be proud to own.

"Ok I wanted a Testarossa but alas was a bit shy in the cash department but that Ferrari itch had taken hold and Mondials fitted the bill exactly ... so long at it was not a red one. Call me odd, but this is more GT sports than out and out sports car and red is best left for them in my book."

Weekend in Wales was fun, if costly
Weekend in Wales was fun, if costly
What I wish I had known:
"OK I am sure everyone thinks their car is the best but the Mondial T is actually a pretty good steer. I remember reading this many times while day dreaming/researching and thinking 'pinch of salt', but in truth it really is good. OK it is no rocket ship, but it covers ground at a pace not in keeping with the image at all. I also wish I had known just how good a Larini-equipped Ferrari dry-sumped V8 can sound. I wish I had done this years ago."

Things I Love:
"The fact that it can be both family fun car and then, later, when on my own, a proper sports car is perhaps its best feature. That said, the scream of the Larini exhausts through tunnels and building canyons is very, very addictive. I love the sense of occasion it brings as well when driving it, especially as so far all other road users have only ever been respectful or filming it. A trip out now means that the family have to be well groomed and dressed just in case. Perhaps above all though I love the fact that it fits the intended bill perfectly, my kids and wife all like it, it has proved fast, comfy and practical so it gets used and enjoyed and it has given me some great memories already."

Things I hate.
"Hate is a strong word as I am still in the honeymoon period but of late I am quite hateful of Clarkson/May's festive video where a Mondial does not fair quite so well."

Costs:
"Well, while it has never let me down it did manage a £1,700 bill following a boys' driving weekend in Wales. It also likes a drink (19-25mpg) and expensive oil but name a fun hobby that does not cost money..."

Overlooked? Perhaps, but our man loves it
Overlooked? Perhaps, but our man loves it
Where I've been:
"The car gets used for family weekend trips away, so Exmoor, North Norfolk coast and local Tesco's once. But trips of note would have to be our annual boys' weekend driving in Wales and the 2012 Classic Le Mans. Wales was very wet, even for Wales, but it soaked it all up (literally) and allowed us to explore the Elan Vally, Evo Triangle and Black Mountain road to name but the common roads. Classic Le Mans though will always remain a highlight for me, specifically the Rouen tunnels and the eight laps of the full circuit four-up. That's why I love my car.

What next:
"Well, I recently purchased a Mk1 MX-5 as a B-road blatter, using man maths to reason with the wife that it was cheaper to buy an MX-5 than keep up with the running costs a weekend in Wales could inflict. But the Mondial is a keeper as there is no feeling like it, be it just opening the garage door and seeing it or from cracking the windows through tunnels."


An amusingly anarchic, four-up lap of the Le Mans Classic packed with other exotica...

 

 

 

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  • ukshooter 12 May 2014

    I really like my 85 QV Cabriolet. I've had it 3 years now and engine seems pretty bullet proof. Electrics did take a bit of work and will probably always be a bit weak and being one of only 2 UK RHD's in white it is a bit of an acquired taste.

    As for future investment, who knows. The media have been talking them up a bit in recent years but it may be a while before they take off.

    Apart from the Valeo models (clutchless semi-auto's), the QV Cabriolet is the rarest on UK roads with only 24 being officially imported.

  • LuS1fer 05 May 2014

    Gary C said:
    Mainly his arrogant superiority,

    such as "oh.....you do wear driving gloves, don't you?", his supposed iconoclast status, strange put downs of cars, " the anti-roll bars were so under damped, but aren't all cars nowadays " set my teeth on edge.

    I am talking about the character, rather than the actual person as I never met him, might have been charming person to person.
    He often used to vaunt the incredible superiority of the Honda Prelude over anything then current and liked to talk about yaw and technical stuff. Can't say the
    Prelude has gone on to become any motoring landmark but hey ho.

    There again, everyone lauds Russell Bulgin and I never once read an article, where his style of writing didn't irk me, so I tended to skip his articles more than I read them.

  • Gary C 05 May 2014

    crostonian said:
    Gary C said:
    Ali_T said:
    I seem to remember Setright calling the Mondial T the best handling Ferrari of the, then, current range.
    Can't think of anything worse to stain a cars reputation.
    Care to elaborate why?
    Mainly his arrogant superiority,

    such as "oh.....you do wear driving gloves, don't you?", his supposed iconoclast status, strange put downs of cars, " the anti-roll bars were so under damped, but aren't all cars nowadays " set my teeth on edge.

    I am talking about the character, rather than the actual person as I never met him, might have been charming person to person.

  • crostonian 04 May 2014

    Gary C said:
    Ali_T said:
    I seem to remember Setright calling the Mondial T the best handling Ferrari of the, then, current range.
    Can't think of anything worse to stain a cars reputation.
    Care to elaborate why?

  • Gary C 04 May 2014

    Ali_T said:
    I seem to remember Setright calling the Mondial T the best handling Ferrari of the, then, current range.
    Can't think of anything worse to stain a cars reputation.

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