At $ 35,000, could this 1984 Ferrari Mondial QV cab be a steal?
It is said that the candle that burns the strongest burns half the time, and in the case of Ferraris like today’s Good price or no dice Worldwide, this means a cost per mile that is four times that of a normal car. Let’s see what it is and if this Quattrovalvole Cabriolet is worth it.
J. Robert Oppenheimer wrote that upon seeing the destructive power of the atomic bomb he helped create, he recalled a phrase from the Bhagavad-Gita – “Now I have become Death, the destroyer of worlds. ” Oppenheimer felt that his bombshell baby made him the embodiment of this terrifying part of the Hindu scriptures.
the 1992 Nissan Sentra “Dune Buggy” we looked at yesterday probably doesn’t have the destructive power of an atomic bomb, but with much of its structural integrity gone and only fleeting respect given to things like seat belts and crash protection, it does also could “become death” if things got out of hand. Already, apparently, the asking price of $ 1,800 for the stripper car was out of control. Although apparently fit for the road and carrying a good health record from the smog doctor, the car couldn’t muster much enthusiasm even for that paltry amount, falling into an 85 percent No Dice loss as a result.
Have you ever wanted a simple collection of the names of almost every major and minor sports car and GT ever produced? If so, you might want to take a screenshot of the ad for today’s ad. 1984 Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole Cabriolet. In this ad, the dealership selling the car listed just about every other sports car on the planet. This should mean that Worlds will appear in almost everyone’s Craigslist search. Damn, if you’re looking for an Airbnb in Montreal, Canada, you’ll probably get this LA-based Ferrari as an option, as the seller lists the Alfa by that name on the list. I had to cut the ad in my save below because it was too long!
To be fair, being a decent looking Mondial convertible should be enough to attract. These are, at the moment, the cheapest Ferrari cars on the market, a model that apparently missed the crazy train that has propelled all other notable cars in value.
Of course, Mondial pricing reflects the fact that it’s not Ferrari’s best effort, its appearance has always been a bit unsightly. The Pininfarina styling must mask a too long wheelbase necessary to accommodate the 2 + 2 cabin and wears side scoop grilles that lack any elegance.
There are, however, parts of the car that work. The five-spoke Cromodora wheels are lovely, as is the simple crimp line that connects the graceful wheel arches. The ability to offer a fully convertible top while retaining the delicate flying buttresses of the coupe version is also a fine job.
According to the announcement, this Mondial has its own title and “just under 41,391 miles”. Of course, as the years belong to the dogs, the kilometers belong to the Ferraris. This means that even with just these few under its belt, this car required a lot of money for its service and maintenance. The seller lists a major service that was completed in 2016 that included belts, fluids and filters, along with a lot of other work, as well as the installation of a set of new Michelin cars.
Here’s the thing, though – according to the ad, it was done at 41,346 miles. This means the car has only driven 45 miles in the past five years. It’s kinda unbelievable. Maybe the service date was a typo and what the seller really wanted to type has been “Last week.”
Even though the car has only driven such a miniscule distance in the past five years, it has aged further during that time and those underused Michelin’s are probably ready to be replaced, as are the timing belts and other components. age-related. Or, you can just use what you have and roll the dice on an interference engine that could cost as much as that entire car to rebuild if a belt band and the four-valve heads fall on you.
You wouldn’t necessarily be doing a great service if the rest of the car wasn’t in good shape, and this Mondial seems to be doing fine, except for a few boogers here and there. The most notable of these is a scratch on the rear bumper and a strange chipped paint spot on the front left wheel arch. Other than that the Rosso Corsa paint looks usable and all badges and lights look intact. The interior shows no tears or significant wear in the leather or plastic upholstery. The only important note here is some age-related wear on the gasket between the door and the rear window. Speaking of glass, the seller notes that door window mechanisms need to be cleaned and relubricated because their actuation is “really slow”.
Other than that, there is a lot to like here. The car comes with service records – always a good thing with a Ferrari – and a CarFax that shows no mystery in its history. According to the seller, the 2.9-liter four-cam V8 performs well and the five-speed transmission shifts smoothly.
All of this comes with a price tag of $ 35,000. That doesn’t make it the cheapest World Cup on the planet, but it’s apparently the cheapest that isn’t shabby or actively on fire.
Ah, but is it cheap enough? Considering the age and odd mileage shown in the ad since the last major service, would you trust the car in its current condition? Or, would you like to calculate its demand with a new service in mind?
Los Angeles, California, Craigslist, where to go here if the ad disappears.
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