Mondial Myths (Part II)

I’ve always respected opinions about aesthetics (or lack thereof.) I’m one of the few in the small minority that always hated (even as a kid) the general shape of the 911 (gasp) – so I am very much in the school of ‘eye of the beholder’

What really gets under my skin though, is when internet know-it-alls repeat outright falsehoods such as:

1) The Mondial was the ‘entry-level’ Ferrari that was priced significantly lower than other models to follow up the Dino brand – in fact, it was MUCH more expensive than then the 308/328.
2) That it handles very poorly (it was universally judged the best handling Ferrari EVER when it came out in 1980 by ALL journalists, and trust me I know – I have every single article available for scrutiny)
3) That it is slow (click the link and compare it to the competition at the time)
4) That all of them cost significantly more to maintain than other Ferrari of the epoch (sigh)
5) That the 8, qv, and 3.2 “need an engine out”
6) That is has a different lower powered engine from the 308/328/348
7) That the ‘non-functional’ side strakes should be removed. (can’t blame kids these days when almost all hood scoops, vents, intakes are truly ‘fake’)
8) That it ‘copied’ the Toyota MR2 and Fiero (guess Maranello has a time machine)
The styling of the Ferrari Mondial Coupe indeed of most Ferraris is best described as timeless; the Pininfarina penned lines still look fresh after eleven years and have influenced the design of sports cars from Detroit to Tokyo.
John Davis
-MotorWeek
9) Unsuccessful model – One of the most successful models in Ferrari history, selling over 6,000 examples
10) Don’t understand there were 7 (more if you separate US Spec vs Euro spec) distinct variations and regurgitate the original 2 bad articles about straight line speed in 1980 with a US Spec car that had a broken shifter for goodness sakes.

But, I should be grateful. It was these urban myths and wide misconceptions that make the car so attainable for many.

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