FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
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