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 🙂