Five years ago I wrote about 5 affordable Ferraris. What a difference half a decade can make. At the time you could purchase a decent Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS for less about $30,000. Now that same car is worth close to $90,000!
Needless to say, it is time to update the list as $90,000 is only cheap to someone who can already afford a newer Ferrari. Incidentally, one of my largest regrets in my “car life” is not purchasing a 308 that I had found for $25,000.
I instead bought a Porsche 996, which is a fine car for daily use (much better than the Ferrari), but as of yet hasn’t shot up in value like the 308; and it probably never will to the same extent.
Without further ado, here are 5 affordable Ferraris for 2018.
A new Ferrari 488 GTB starts at $252,800. That is way out of reach for most of us, but perhaps a used Ferrari is more affordable? The 458 that the 488 replaces will cost you about $160,000 for a car with about 30,000 miles on it (which is a little high for a Ferrari). But that is still a bit high for many of us.
A decent 360 the was two models before the 458 will run about $100,000 depending on a mileage and condition, but you can find them for as low as $60,000 for higher mileage examples. Not bad, but if you are in the $100,000 range all of the sudden the newer F430 (the F430 replaced the 360) is within reach.
Not all that long ago for about $30,000 you could purchase a Ferrari 308 GTS / GTB. The same car in decent condition is now worth over $100,000 (nicer cars are often getting over $150,000). The 308 is a wonderful vintage Italian sports car, but maintenance costs (especially the engine out belt changes that need to be completed every few years) quickly add up. This makes it strictly a weekend driver.
You just can’t drive a Ferrari every day. There are various reasons for this and it is what led me to choose a Porsche over a Ferrari.
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