Mondial magic? I’m not so sure. Having blown a redundancy cheque in 1995 on a wonderful 308GTB, I was tempted back into Ferrari motoring a few years ago by the lure of a one-owner Mondial t with only 35,000 miles, all for less than £30k with seats in the back for the children – what could go wrong?
To be fair, not all that much, though the active suspension was activated by little motors atop each damper, derived from units designed to operate Venetian blinds.
Underpowered, not very goodlooking, underdeveloped, poorly built and fragile – the only classic that has left me and my family at the side of the road. Worse, it was impossible to go anywhere without comments referencing my abilities at self-manipulation and paucity of funding – a “poor man’s Ferrari”, apparently. The Ferrari owner is not generally liked in Blighty.
So I sold it and bought an Alfa S2 Spider instead; everywhere I go, love and thumbs-up follow me.
Your closing sentence struck a note. I fear that to buy a Mondial always looks a bit sad, and I speak from experience. A 308 or 328GTB is an entirely different matter… Simon Millar
Millar’s Mondial cabrio was not a success