FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

1 UP­GRADE THE EX­HAUST

The howl of any Fer­rari V8 is spe­cial, but an af­ter­mar­ket stain­less steel sys­tem will add au­ral drama and in­creased longevity. Sys­tems start at around £800, but can eas­ily be twice that for high-spec brands such as Tubi Style.

2 CHANGE THE RUB­BER

Met­ric TRX tyres are thin on the ground and costly to re­place, so many own­ers change to an im­pe­rial wheel and tyre setup. A new set of al­loys can be sourced for around £1000 but could put off stick­lers for orig­i­nal­ity.

3 GET IT SER­VICED

Any Fer­rari re­ally needs spe­cial­ist main­te­nance so if the ser­vice his­tory is patchy or you sus­pect DIY tin­ker­ing then a proper ser­vice gives peace of mind. Ex­pect a bill of around £1000 for the 18,000-mile check and closer to £1800 if you have the cam-belt changed at the same time. Costly, but money very well spent in the long-term.

4 FIT A NEW FUSEBOX

Fusebox is­sues af­flict many older Fer­raris, not just the Mondial, and while re­pairs are pos­si­ble if mat­ters haven’t been al­lowed to de­te­ri­o­rate too far, up­graded re­place­ments are avail­able from the US. They’re not cheap – around £1200 – so dis­cuss other, cheaper op­tions with spe­cial­ists and the own­ers’ club be­fore tak­ing the plunge.

While en­gine and body mod­i­fi­ca­tions might once have been pop­u­lar, most Fer­rari spe­cial­ists will tell you that greater in­ter­est in Mon­di­als – and ac­com­pa­ny­ing ris­ing val­ues – have led to in­creased de­mand for orig­i­nal­ity. It’s best not to make any ma­jor body or me­chan­i­cal al­ter­ations to a Mondial with­out speak­ing to a spe­cial­ist first.

5 DON’T OVERDO IT

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