Well this has got to be pretty high up on the Brave Pill scale; a Ferrari 456 GTA bought through Collecting Cars, having been stored for 3 years with a flat battery. As you can see my profile name isn’t something usually associated with this type of car and I was on the site looking at a 997 GTS… but, well, front engined, 4 seater, V12 Ferrari with pop up headlights!
One of my favourite parts of acquiring a car in this circumstance is the investigation. The original owner was Paul Weiland (Director of Blackadder and Mr Bean) in 97 who purchased the car at Maranello in Egham. The car was looked after by Maranello till 02, then DK Engineering till 05 and then things go hazy until 2016.
In 2016 the car went to Rardleys Ferrari Specialist with an overhaul bill at £9,970, followed by Dick Lovett Ferrari in Swindon carrying out further overhaul work at £7,371.
It went to storage with Ed Rudler for 3 years and now I am the ‘lucky owner’ who has arranged transport to Rardleys next week for a cambelt service, fluids, filters, plugs and an MOT – hoping for change from £2k. Wish me luck 🙂
Our knowledgebase is growing with some interesting ownership experiences for what are now very desirable classics. Some of my favourites below include the BMW E30 M3 Evolution II, 1968 Porsche 911T and 930 Turbo LE:
“Larry, Can you tell Vincent what it is you need”? Larry: “Something very fast. Audi S8. Something that can shove a little bit. I’m also gonna need a nitrous system.”
The psychology of buying cars is changing with more and more of us opting for the attractive leasing deals. I too have given this a try with a 2016 Mercedes C250d. However, calculate a deposit of near £3k + just under £300 a month for 2 years and you have spent almost £10k on a car, which you are just going to hand back with nothing to show for it. Continue reading Audi S8 D2 Daily Driver→
A bit of a ramble about selling cars privately via the usual online options; eBay, Autotrader, Pistonheads and the Facebook Market Place.
We’ll start with the most expensive, Autotrader. The charge was £56 for the premium option, for which they achieved around 1000 views and 4 phone calls. I only took 1 phone call, however and a host of emails. The result – not even 1 viewing. Continue reading Selling Cars Privately→