Ferrari Mondial. Yes, remember that Italian mid-engined, V8 thumping grand tourer? Well strangely enough I got the chance to drive a later spec T Cabriolet for the first time.
Prancing Horse Stable
The illustrious prancing horse stable can boast many a glamorous thoroughbred, strangely Ferrari’s Mondial was never held in such reverence. Nonetheless the exhilarating driving experience was as you would expect a car worthy of the legendary Ferrari badge to deliver.
This robust and aptly named ‘practical’ machine really does honor that Pininfarina experience we all cherish. From it’s tactile Momo steering wheel, to the well equipped V8 power-plant, which was suitably embedded in every Mondial.
The clutch feels, dare I say ‘comfortably’ heavy, almost as if meant to be a typical characteristic of 70’s and 80’s supercars. The optimistic amongst us would even say Ferrari engineered the car to feel exactly that. So, maybe that Mondial could take up residence in my garage. After a major rethink, and a swift visit to Autotrader …. maybe not.
Am I the only one who remembers setting the Autotrader semantic filters to Ferrari, price low to high and witnessing a range of Mondials for £10-15,000? Not any more it seems.
The prices have rocketed. But why? I simply believe average collectors can no longer afford the Dino or Daytonas, instead they’re being retained by current owners, and the ones that do hit the market are bringing top dollar. Subsequently potential buyers have jumped on-board the marque bus queue: 308, 328, Mondial etc.
I find it slightly ironic that 10 years ago a Ferrari dealer would have sniffed at the thought of putting a Mondial in his showroom, only to find those same dealers are now giving the same car headlining floor space.
Lets commemorate that ‘buy a mid engined Italian Supercar for less than the price of a secondhand Mondeo challenge‘ on Top Gear, where now could you find a Ferrari 308 GT4 (a quip by the team as it’s not even a real a Ferrari), Maserati Marak, or Lamborghini Uracco for £10,000?
Overall I think the rise in value is a good thing, it’s giving the classic car market a wonderful boost in popularity and stops cars like the Mondial being considered insignificant.
Had my then limited foresight extended further than my negotiable income, that prospective embryonic £10,000 Mondial would be worth three times as much in today’s economic climate.
Difficult not to feel some sadness that the Ferrari, or similar supercar bargain era has long gone. Still, the Bentley Turbo R has yet to follow suit ….
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