Welcome to the crazy journey of Vintage Ferrari ownership. Some might say I’m a masochist. Well, I love cars, and love Ferrari so here we go!
I grew in car land (Los Angeles) and now call the San Francisco Bay area home (Menlo Park to be exact) – I’ve always enjoyed following automobiles, and of course always loved exotic cars (especially Ferrari)
I bought this Mondial after a lifelong desire to own a Ferrari. The opportunity presented itself when a person donated this car to the Catholic Church.
A $27,000 Donation and I have my very own Ferrari.
The Mondial often got criticism due to the ‘compromises’ Ferrari took in creating it (4 seats, heavier, longer wheelbase) — criticisms that all are strengths for a Ferrari in my current life stage.
Here are the ten reasons why the Mondial is my “dream” car:
1) It is a Ferrari – let’s face it – the mystique, exclusivity, heritage, and the backing of an active marque – there is a lot of history and emotional equity with the nameplate. I’ve considered myself very individualistic; I wanted my car to reflect that. There is a plethora of Porsche’s, Bimmers, Mercs, and Audis where I live – I wanted something that was unique – Ferrari accomplishes that, and in spades. Yes, there is other exotic nameplates – but do they have the F1 heritage as well? (the past, present, and future)
2) I wanted a “sporty” vehicle that was fun to drive – no dispute here – Yes, the Mondial is not a “fast” car relatively (I do not want any flames here) – However, it is fast enough for a family man driving two children in the back. If I want a track car, I would buy a new Corvette, and be done with it.
3) I wanted a convertible – I’ve always felt true convertibles distilled the touring car experience.
4) I wanted four seats to share the experience with my whole family or 3 friends. (good thing I have kids and not full-grown adults for the back seat)
5) I’ve always liked the notion of a “mid-engine” – I like having the roar of the engine behind you – it has been auditory exciting to have the mechanical orchestra feel like they are on my shoulders.
6) I wanted a car that was already at the “dip” of its value – A car that is what it is – no further depreciation or loss of relevance. I feel the Mondial is at the base camp toward the mountain of future appreciation. Yes, the Mondial is often denigrated as the ‘false Ferrari, poor man’s Ferrari, etc.) the same once said about the Dino and said about the California. Two cars that I adore; I say let the haters hate let the drivers drive.
7) Manual Transmission – Modern automatics are marvels. Able to shift faster than humans – I acknowledge this -, but if people do not understand why the tactile pleasure of shifting gears is so important – they probably also do n’t get it why somebody would go fishing instead of going to the fish market. Also two words: Gated Shifter.
8) Ascetically pleasing – I’ve always like the look of Mondial – I think it is a profoundly beautiful car – I acknowledge this is entirely subjective and in the eye of the beholder – these eyes have judged, and judged positively.
9) Rear wheel drive – I respect sports cars with all-wheel drive. However, I’ve felt that in the right conditions – rear wheel drive is a lot more fun.
10) Community – A family of people that allow me to do what I’m doing now. Sharing my passion for the marque with like good minded folks such as one reading this now. I have come to appreciate the “Ferrari” family. From invitation events for owners only, to local clubs, the fellowship has been amazing.
If somebody can find me something that meets all 10 of these requirements at *any cost* – send me a note! I have yet to find another car that meets these requirements.
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