Best Fer­raris to buy Our five clas­sic choices

Life sav­ings at the ready? Why not lift your as­pi­ra­tions into Fer­rari ter­ri­tory with these five beau­ties?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - WORDS Giles Chap­man PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Magic Car Pics

Any­one who’s been in and around car mag­a­zines for a while knows that a cover with the head­line ‘A Fer­rari for Mon­deo money’ is bound to be a big seller. It’s a prom­ise that many of us long to see ful­filled.

And the four-day Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show (which kicks off to­mor­row) should stoke the fur­nace of de­sire even more with its big cel­e­bra­tion of Fer­rari’s 70th an­niver­sary. But don’t fret; this piece is not about stag­ger­ing through your clas­sic car life with some ob­scure Fer­rari that no-one else wants, watch­ing aghast as its bills for wonky electrics and end­less en­gine over­hauls grad­u­ally bleed your bank ac­count dry.

In fact, do not buy a cheap Fer­rari un­less you know these par­tic­u­lar onions. Keep that 10, 20 or even 30 grand stuffed firmly in your wal­let. The five Fer­raris here, while at­tain­able by mar­que stan­dards, are still un­doubt­edly ex­pen­sive toys – there’s no point in economis­ing.

When buy­ing a Fer­rari, de­mand ser­vice his­tory and restora­tion re­ceipts from ex­pert spe­cial­ists and, if pos­si­ble, safe­guard your in­vest­ment by con­tin­u­ing to do busi­ness with them.

It will vary, of course, but you should bank on run­ning costs of £350 in ser­vice, main­te­nance and cos­set­ing for every 1000 miles of Fer­rari mo­tor­ing – and that’s on top of ev­ery­day con­sum­ables such as petrol, oil, tyres and bat­ter­ies. Re­mem­ber, too, that this is for a car that’s al­ready been brought up to scratch and is up to date on every con­ceiv­able op­er­a­tional front.

Put it this way – Fer­rari ownership can be yours for as lit­tle as 35p a mile. Not scared off yet? Then step this way.

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