FER­RARI 365 GT4 2+2

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A FER­RARI SEEMS to be one of things you should prob­a­bly own once in your life, if you can some­how rus­tle up the sub­stan­tial money re­quired.

With pre­mium mod­els be­com­ing in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment ve­hi­cles rather than ac­tual cars, you could be for­given for giv­ing up hope al­to­gether of ever own­ing one – par­tic­u­larly when the num­bers climb up well into the mil­lions.

How­ever at a time when a To­rana A9X hatch­back can sell for $275,000 (as one did re­cently at Shan­nons, in Syd­ney

– see Auc­tion Ac­tion this is­sue), a V12 Fer­rari for half that money doesn’t seem like such a lu­di­crous propo­si­tion. In fact, it al­most makes sense.

Now any­one look­ing at this rea­son­ing will prob­a­bly chal­lenge that with yes, the purchase price is good, but what about the main­te­nance? And that’s where you can sometimes need rea­son­ably deep pock­ets. It is, af­ter all, an ex­otic car, not a Camry.

The trick how­ever is to buy one that’s good to start with, and this 365 GT4 2+2 seems to qual­ify on that front. It’s a lo­cally-de­liv­ered car with a fair bit of known his­tory and by all re­ports runs well.

Big Euro GT cars from the sev­en­ties have been making a come­back over the last five years or so, and we sus­pect some­thing like this would be a fairly safe place to park your money while you played with it. Talk to Old­timer Aus­tralia, in sunny Bris­bane.

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