This time I was a Ferrari owner for 2 full days! Last time, it was a 360 Modena Spider, and this time it was a 1981 308 GTSi. To answer your questions from my Facebook page:
- Yes, it's the Magnum, PI car
- No, it's not a Mustang or Corvette
- Yes, it's much more reasonable than a 360
This is the first one I actually got to park in my garage. I must say, it looked beautiful in there. I'm not ashamed to admit that after the kids went to bed, I grabbed a folding chair and went out there for some quiet reflection. The Wife may have even discovered me fondling it in a slightly inappropriate manner.
I'm very fortunate to have one of the world's best Ferrari mechanics in my backyard - Carlo at Alfa of Tacoma. Seriously. People from all over the US buy Ferraris and ship them to Carlo to get his blessing. He doesn't pull punches. If he says it's a dog, it's a dog. If he says it's a gem, you should do whatever you can to buy it.
Unfortunately, he said it was a dog.
Specifically, he said the engine would need to be rebuilt. It failed compression testing and leakdown. The brakes were dangerous. The frame was bent from being put on a lift improperly. The timing belt was falling off. The report went on for 4 pages. It was a disaster.
So once again, I'm back to being Ferrari-less. I'd like to leave you with a philosophical comment or some great life lesson that I learned here, but I'm just bummed.