Ferrari Mondial – Remember That Italian Practical Classic?

Ferrari Mondial
Strangely enough I got the chance to drive a later spec T Cabriolet for the first time

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.

Ferrari Mondial

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.

Ferrari 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.

Ferrari Mondial

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?

Ferrari Mondial

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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  1. I own an ’83 Mondial Cab. It has become a wonderful, reliable friend because I have “bought” it back to life through 17 years of slow improvement.

    When I sell it, it will be in the best possible daily driver condition I can provide. Therefore, my asking price will reflect the long-term care I’ve given it.

    It was not intended to be a race car. It is a Gran Tourer – so you can expect to cruise at 75-80 mph all day (and surge to 100+ if needed), but the comfortable, throaty 71 mph F105A engine voice is sufficient for mid-engine exhilaration!

    One can often discover how to fix a simple problem with the car thanks to the internet. There are only about two small computers incorporated into systems so I view that as a strength.

    Given the age of these cars I believe it very important for them to visit one of the top three “80’s” Ferrari experts in the nation. Once your top expert sets the car systems up properly you will be better able to care for it yourself. And the car’s dependability will greatly improve. (I explored SRI in Colorado, US) and you should take the same step in your own country. That is another reason the prices are rising on these cars – very good examples have had very good (and expensive) care!

    I have a great, positive feeling when I drive the car too (as the author did), and a smile. Trust me, it is an expensive smile.


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