Which dream weekend car up to say £85k

Which dream weekend car up to say £85k

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Gibbo205

2,172 posts

145 months

Friday 1st February
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Why only have a fun weekend car?
Enjoy it every day in all weather:
https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

wink

But seriously as weekend only car, properly special, should hold value well my money at that budget would be going on a Ferrari F430 or a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.

BlackR8

140 posts

15 months

Friday 1st February
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DjSki said:
Hi,

I feel that the value is currently in the F430 so leaning that way, GT3s seem to be sticking (I expect values to fall a bit this year) and I think have a bit more "collectors premium" in them than a F1 F430 at the moment.

Have been talking to AV Engineering, these guys know their stuff!

Tried to email you, you aren't accepting.....try me? Cheers.
Sorry should be sorted now. Drop me a DM and we can talk.

Spindoctor

509 posts

138 months

Friday 1st February
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When I had the same weekend car choice to make I went for a Gallardo over the 430. Its down to personal preferences but the Lambo just looks and sounds better. No regrets here.

As a leftfield alternative, something like this may not have the same badge prestige as your choices but its a proper weekend toy, and great fun to drive.
https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
Tempting.

Candellara

864 posts

120 months

Friday 1st February
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Sense of occasion?

McLaren are firmly now in the £70k to £90k bracket

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

bordseye

1,344 posts

130 months

Friday 1st February
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I had a 430 F1 spider. It was definitely a special car in a way that no 911 ever can be. Amply fast enough in real world conditions. The two maintenance issues you are most likely to get are short clutch life and exhaust manifolds

The F1 box is a mechanised manual box. As with all such systems its fine once going but cant feather a clutch the way you can and so the clutch wear is heavy. Creeping in reverse up a hill can fry the clutch.

The exhaust manifolds are weak but the Mk 2 ones are better than the early ones. You will hear lots of scare stories on the web but those exagerrate the issue.

Either issue is maybe 4k give or take. Service is maybe £1k pa. Fuel - never got better than 16mpg driven like Mother Teresa. Tax 550.

Brilliant car amd there really is nothing that rivals a prancing horse on the bonnet.
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DjSki

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922 posts

133 months

Saturday 2nd February
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Spindoctor said:
When I had the same weekend car choice to make I went for a Gallardo over the 430. Its down to personal preferences but the Lambo just looks and sounds better. No regrets here.

As a leftfield alternative, something like this may not have the same badge prestige as your choices but its a proper weekend toy, and great fun to drive.
https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
Tempting.
Nice, but think this will shed value pretty quick....

355spiderguy

152 posts

109 months

Sunday 3rd February
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To me, how it makes you feel owning a car outweighs how fast it is, or how quick it can go round a bend.

Unfortunately for me, less than 10% of ownership is driving, the other 90% is knowing I have it in the garage and how you pop into the garage fridge for a beer and half an hour vanishes just looking at it.

When I bought my first Ferrari 13 years ago, my old man tried to talk me out of it and asked why a Ferrari when I could go for a more mainstream fast car that will probably be cheaper to run and buy; my response was that I was currently in a situation I could afford it and may never be able to again, and I would rather be able to look back knowing I managed to get my hands on a car with a prancing horse on the rear, rather than compromising and buying an alternative.

After 13 continuous years of Ferrari ownership spread over 2 cars I loved there is now an empty space in the garage that I aim to fit a McLaren in.

Same scenario; really want one and don't want to miss the opportunity and look back kicking myself I didn't get one. Problem just now is the constant bad press on forums about depreciation, warranty costs blah blah blah driving prices down, but stuff it, its what I want so the space in the garage shall be filled.

For sure, the GT3 is epic, but go with your gut; all your posts seem like the F430 is the route you want to go.

Durzel

6,882 posts

106 months

Sunday 3rd February
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^ Fantastic post

jakesmith

3,198 posts

109 months

Monday 4th February
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indapendentlee said:
Both good suggestions - GranTurismo MC Stradale is my current item of obsession - perhaps not as sporty or rapid as some of the others suggested here but the noise of the thing is spine tingling, it seats 4 in comfort (or 2 for long distances with bags).

A very nice problem to have though sir!
Granturismo is a very special and understated car. It isn't a supercar in any way but still feels like an event to drive. I can not think of a better sounding car and something like a 430 Ferarri just looks vulgar next to the GT. If you will be taking passengers - the GT is a fantastic choice and the Strad makes it a lot more special

Kevin-sz0nv

137 posts

44 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Low mileage very good 996.2 GT3 has to be a great weekend car they are less then £85k and will not drop in price if looked after. If you really enjoy driving and the odd track day you will not find a better more reliable car!




Durzel

6,882 posts

106 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Does looking after it involve not actually driving it? Would've thought they would be pretty mileage sensitive, no?

jakesmith

3,198 posts

109 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Kevin-sz0nv said:
they are less then £85k and will not drop in price ...
You simply can not make that promise! You could pick up 996 GT3s for £35k a few years ago and could easily go back there again in less than 6 months from now

DjSki

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922 posts

133 months

Tuesday 5th February
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I have had a 996, lovely car but at £85k I think I'd go for a 997 GT3, have one eye out for one with a good spec to go and look at.

Saw two F430's this weekend, one was quite rough, the other (black £85k car at Lyndhurst Modena) was lovely (black/black) but they wont allow me a third party inspection at all, so that's out too.

They were a bit sniffy about me asking, I guess that's what you get at a main dealer.

Might go see the 12C at Ascot Mclaren up at £90k.......potential for major bork but Thorney Motorsport now seem to be offering options....


Kevin-sz0nv

137 posts

44 months

Tuesday 5th February
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I meant in the long term a GT3 will not devalue I totally agree at this moment in time it might. Common sense tells you that when all new cars are battery/hybrids and automatics a naturally aspirated manual Porsche with that engine can only increase over time. Of course I might be wrong but I very much doubt it.....time will tell

Durzel

6,882 posts

106 months

Tuesday 5th February
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DjSki said:
I have had a 996, lovely car but at £85k I think I'd go for a 997 GT3, have one eye out for one with a good spec to go and look at.

Saw two F430's this weekend, one was quite rough, the other (black £85k car at Lyndhurst Modena) was lovely (black/black) but they wont allow me a third party inspection at all, so that's out too.

They were a bit sniffy about me asking, I guess that's what you get at a main dealer.

Might go see the 12C at Ascot Mclaren up at £90k.......potential for major bork but Thorney Motorsport now seem to be offering options....
Confused... Why would you need an inspection on a main dealer Ferrari? Surely it would come with a warranty?

I'd ask about the clutch wear % and check to see if there was evidence of the manifolds and suspension top mounts having been done in the past, but beyond that I'd have thought you'd be ok?

DjSki

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922 posts

133 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Kevin-sz0nv said:
I meant in the long term a GT3 will not devalue I totally agree at this moment in time it might. Common sense tells you that when all new cars are battery/hybrids and automatics a naturally aspirated manual Porsche with that engine can only increase over time. Of course I might be wrong but I very much doubt it.....time will tell
I agree with you, but this isn't about making money.

DjSki

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922 posts

133 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Durzel said:
Confused... Why would you need an inspection on a main dealer Ferrari? Surely it would come with a warranty?

I'd ask about the clutch wear % and check to see if there was evidence of the manifolds and suspension top mounts having been done in the past, but beyond that I'd have thought you'd be ok?
I'm confused your confused.

New Power 15 warranty is far from comprehensive.

Also wanted to confirm lack of front end shunt as well know Ferrari experts thought it might have had one.


jakesmith

3,198 posts

109 months

Wednesday 6th February
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DjSki said:
I'm confused your confused.

New Power 15 warranty is far from comprehensive.

Also wanted to confirm lack of front end shunt as well know Ferrari experts thought it might have had one.
Couldn't you have opened the bonnet & checked the chassis seams yourself
Honestly I don't think main dealers can reasonably be expected to submit cars for independent inspections - it's one thing on a private sale where you are buying with no comeback from a non expert, or from a non specialist garage that may only do sales, but another from a franchised dealership who position themselves as preparing cars meticulously & offering decent back up and price the car accordingly.
That being said I wish I had had my R8 inspected that I bought privately it has cost me a lot - but still less than a franchised car

DjSki

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922 posts

133 months

Thursday 7th February
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jakesmith said:
Couldn't you have opened the bonnet & checked the chassis seams yourself
Honestly I don't think main dealers can reasonably be expected to submit cars for independent inspections - it's one thing on a private sale where you are buying with no comeback from a non expert, or from a non specialist garage that may only do sales, but another from a franchised dealership who position themselves as preparing cars meticulously & offering decent back up and price the car accordingly.
That being said I wish I had had my R8 inspected that I bought privately it has cost me a lot - but still less than a franchised car
I did open the bonnet and check, I wouldn't have been able to take the photo otherwise would I, but I'm not an expert on what "original" looks like.

I think you are answering your own question. I'm just being cautious, its a lot of money to me, I want to reduce my chances of bork/surprise post purchase, pretty straightforward.

Dealers choice to allow an inspection or not, maybe I'm just not a very trusting car buyer......I have been burnt before.

kbooker

724 posts

77 months

Thursday 7th February
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jakesmith said:
Kevin-sz0nv said:
they are less then £85k and will not drop in price ...
You simply can not make that promise! You could pick up 996 GT3s for £35k a few years ago and could easily go back there again in less than 6 months from now
Was thinking just that, I very nearly bought one for 35k in 2014, I bought a cracking spec 97.1 for 53k instead