Buying a Ferrari
With Porsche or Lamborghini you can walk into a dealership and buy pretty much any new car on the lot of you have the cash. The same cannot be said of Ferrari.
It takes more than just being wealthy to buy a new Ferrari.
Many of us dream of owning a Ferrari. More than just about any other manufacture a car with the prancing horse lets others know that you have made it. The problem is most of us don’t have at least $200,000 to spend on a car. Is it possible to get into a car from the Italian sports car maker for an affordable price? Is there such a thing as a cheap Ferrari?
The answer is yes, yes there is. However there is a bit of a catch, which we will talk about later. Before we get into the negatives, let’s look at 5 of the more affordable Ferrari options on the used market that won’t cost you about the same as a house (depending on where you live).
We are just a couple of weeks away from Monterey Car Week. The time when automotive enthusiasts migrate to automotive Mecca and check out some beautiful machines. For many it is about looking at their dream cars, but for some it can turn into a shopping trip.
There are quite a few classic and exotic vehicles that hit various auction blocks over the week. While the majority of cars at most auctions will be American muscle cars or hot rods, there are also some premium cars available. One of our favorite performance nameplates is Ferrari and it will have a good presence during the week.
The Ferrari 458 Spider is a great mid-engined V8 open-aired sports car. The fact that it doesn’t have a V12 in it is something that owes itself to Enzo Ferrari’s son, Dino.
Dino sadly died at 24 years old, but before that he had worked on a smaller V6 engine for Ferrari’s racing efforts. After he passed away Enzo produced a car with a mid-mounted version of that same engine and it was sold as a Dino. Over the years a few models would go under the Dino name powered by a V8 engine and eventually these models and their concepts would be sold as Ferraris.
This led to cars like the F40 and eventually to the 458. In this video XCAR goes over the history of the V8 models and then they review the 458 Spider. They also talk about the possibility of a future turbocharged 458.
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