Pottential Italian sportscar virgin seeks advice !

Pottential Italian sportscar virgin seeks advice !

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rev-erend

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20,458 posts

240 months

Friday 1st August 2003
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Well,

I've thinking of buying either a Ferrari 355 or
a Countach qv - budget (30~47K).

Are they a complete nightmare to own - it's going to
be another toy since I already have a TVR 450 SEAC.

What are the running costs like.

Is the reality of owning a car like this more of
a nightmare than a dream.

rico

7,916 posts

211 months

Friday 1st August 2003
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Lamborghini
Ferrari

Oh what a predicament!

I'd go for the Lambo. Less around. Running costs huge on Lambo, large on 355. Ferrari better drivers car. Lambo has scissor doors!!!!! Great for showing off at Esso etc.

rev-erend

Original Poster:

20,458 posts

240 months

Friday 1st August 2003
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Rico - you don't drive either !

craig

1,148 posts

240 months

Friday 1st August 2003
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I've owned both. They are very different cars. In my experience the Ferrari has cost more to run on account of the need for cambelt services and more electronics to go wrong. The Ferrari is easier to drive, has better visibility, handling, gearchange and overall performance. The Lamborghini is more old school supercar, has delicate bodywork but looks outrageous and sounds great.

I think you'll be hard pushed to get a RHD QV due to scarcity whereas 355's are fairly common. If you're interested I'm selling my 355 due to imminent arrival of new 911 GT3.

tony_996hasgone

3,159 posts

214 months

Friday 1st August 2003
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One important point, is that with older Lambo/Ferrari models, you are not tied in to the main dealers (with their glossy and expensive overheads), and as such can use some of the good specialists that will keep the cars on the road for a lot less than you might imagine. Service history through known specialists seems to be accepted once the car is more than 5/7 years old. For example, I was recommended a specialist down in Surrey who has already proved very good and reasonable on the cost front..... obvious caveat is that the costs of parts are controlled from Italy, so you cannot get away from them as a factor in the expense equation.

As with any car, but even more important with these, as mistakes are expensive to rectify, only buy if you're absolutely happy with it's history.

I can't tell you whether it's a dream or nightmare yet as I'm still in the "too excited to sleep" phase.

rico

7,916 posts

211 months

Friday 1st August 2003
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rev-erend said:
Rico - you don't drive either !


Well not yet...

rev-erend

Original Poster:

20,458 posts

240 months

Friday 1st August 2003
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Thanks for your replies so far ... I think this
will take some looking into.

Find a good specialist (surrey if you know of any),
speak to owners etc.. oh - and a few test drives
at dealers .. to make my mind up !

unlicensed

7,585 posts

206 months

Saturday 2nd August 2003
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i say buy both, determine which one u like better and give me the one that doesnt win.