…and pain

Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

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

Poole, Dorset

Mil­lar’s Mon­dial cabrio was not a suc­cess

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