Comparison Shopping: Ford Versus Ferrari?

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Here’s a dilemma that doesn’t come up often: Would you get an old Ferrari or a new Ford?

An article on Top Gear raised that general question, and while things are a little different over in Europe, it applies here as well. The Ferrari in question is the 348, a midengine, rear-wheel-drive V8 2-seater built between 1988 and 1995. Fewer than 9,000 were built, which might make you think the car has appreciated in value over time.

Not so much.

It’s not cheap by any means, but here in the U.S. a 348 can be found for around $35,000. In the UK, prices are generally about 25,000 pounds, which is the number Top Gear used for comparison.

On our turf, we’ll stick with the $35K number. For that you’ll get a 25-year old car, a potential maintenance nightmare and a striking looker that’ll send your friends and neighbors head over heels. Is it worth getting one over a comparably priced new car like a Mustang GT?

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Lessons Learned and Dreams Lived at a Ferrari Dealer

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I spent the majority of the afternoon yesterday hanging with some new friends at the Ferrari/Maserati dealership in Seattle, and all I got was a hat.

An exotic car dealer is nothing like your run-of-the-mill Chevrolet dealer. The showroom is more like an art gallery, with strategically placed cars sitting behind placards that display the model name, some highlights and available options. One would almost expect the cars to sit behind red velvet rope.

The prices at a Ferrari dealer aren’t as evident as they are for shoppers at a Chevy dealer, but that’s to be expected when the wares for sale cost upwards of $250,000. Even the certified used cars have a special place, right alongside their later-model cousins.

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