RE: PH Carpool: Ferrari Mondial

RE: PH Carpool: Ferrari Mondial

Monday 4th February 2013

PH Carpool: Ferrari Mondial

Four-seater Ferrari proves a family favourite for this week's featured PHer



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 Β£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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NDNDNDND

Original Poster:

852 posts

133 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Hmmm....
*runs off to the classifieds*

CampDavid

9,137 posts

148 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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These look less awkward year on year. Kinda starting to fancy one too

Charlie Michael

2,746 posts

134 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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I've had a little debate running in my head as to whether liking the 412 and Mondinal class me as a lunatic or a connoisseur. tongue out

MRGuhnah

10 posts

121 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Beautiful....

SimonK

891 posts

175 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Very nice! smile

pSyCoSiS

2,537 posts

155 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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That's a nice car.

Different to the norm.

Good to see if being used for track use.

Also impressive seeing that MK2 Jag and XJ on the track.

LaurasOtherHalf

16,259 posts

146 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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very nice thumbup

funny how they look so much better these days & particularly in such a fetching colour.

sykes

19 posts

124 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Great stuff - these are brilliant cars, hugely underrated.
The Mondial evolved so much over its life, the last-of-the-line T's are much improved over the earlier iterations - power, looks and comfort all greatly improved in the T.

Alfanatic

7,854 posts

169 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Charlie Michael said:
I've had a little debate running in my head as to whether liking the 412 and Mondinal class me as a lunatic or a connoisseur. tongue out
I've always liked both the Mondial and the GT4 too, but I have fancied a 412 ever since reading the Fast Lane test. All three used to be the bargain forgotten Ferraris in the second hand market. Sadly the GT4s and 400 series cars are riding the classic car boom now, but a Mondial is still relatively affordable and is IMO the prettiest of the three.

Leins

7,045 posts

98 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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That really is an excellent colour for a Mondial. Like that a lot!

Evo

3,459 posts

204 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Not read it yet on purpose, I used to drive past a dark metallic green Mondial T in Hampstead on the way to work and always wanted it.

Not sure how scary the maintenance would be compared to a late eighties 911 Carrera which what I'll be considering in the next few years, but it'll be one car that may yet stop me again from not buying a 911.

Now off to read the post smile

Edited to say Lovely car btw op, and I rolled on the floor when your mate says get in the slipstream of the 458 which 10 seconds later disappears into the distance lol, makes you appreciate how quick they are as you weren't hanging around.

It's all about having fun and what a great car you have for doing it in.

Edited by Evo on Monday 4th February 14:17

Charlie Michael

2,746 posts

134 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Alfanatic said:
I've always liked both the Mondial and the GT4 too, but I have fancied a 412 ever since reading the Fast Lane test. All three used to be the bargain forgotten Ferraris in the second hand market. Sadly the GT4s and 400 series cars are riding the classic car boom now, but a Mondial is still relatively affordable and is IMO the prettiest of the three.
I tend to agree with you ref the prettiest of that group. Would love a Mondial at some point (scurries off to various classifieds)...

I once saw a 412 being giving the beans and it's attracted me to that era of Ferrari's. Running it might be something of an eye opener though.

TheAllSeeingPie

865 posts

85 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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NDNDNDND said:
Hmmm....
*runs off to the classifieds*
Same here!

Gary C

5,853 posts

129 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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CampDavid said:
These look less awkward year on year. Kinda starting to fancy one too
I know exactly what you mean. Its the same with the 308GT4 too.

Dodgey_Rog

1,951 posts

210 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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I have always loved the Mondial, its sheer simplicity makes it beautiful.

rix

2,102 posts

140 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Good write up. Very true the looks are certainly ageing a bit more gracefully than before. I never actually realised they were 4 seaters either. Surely these must be absolutely depreciation proof now! Man maths can easily write off maintenance costs!

anything fast

983 posts

114 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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I saw the Clarkson video.

Dont worry the whole thing was a silly silly, mickey take. The Mondial was the 1st truly useable Ferrari and if you look at the prices for most Ferrari's it still is.

I really like them.

Recently saw a very late model with the facelift bumpers/bigger wheels in plain shiney black and I thought it looked superb. Subtle, classy and it still sounded like a proper Ferrari.

Bravo for being different!

X5TUU

7,473 posts

137 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Thing I hate ,.. You for having one of the cars that I really want to own lol ... And it is in my search for the current Ph compo ... Gonna have to scratch that now this feature is here as that's one of the elements of the compo ... Thanks a bunch lol

On a lighter note ... Top motor and Top bloke smile

Finlandese

387 posts

125 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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Mondials are crap, not real Ferraris! Move along now, nothing to see here....





I fancy one, and would not like to see prices to go up..

Domf

286 posts

105 months

Monday 4th February 2013
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I went on a Ferrari day at Mallory Park in the mid 90's, and I got to drive both the Mondial and a Testarossa.
One drove like a car around the course, one like a truck. I then knew why in Miami Vice they only ever cruised in the Testarossa. The Mondial was really responsive and a pleasure to drive, the Testarossa was a pig. I expressed my opionion to the course instructor, he said everybody comes away with that impression.
Testarossa All show and horrible go, the Mondial was and is a nice underated Ferrari