At $39,999, is this Roller Ferrari 365 GTB/4 replica a bargain?
With real Ferrari Daytonas costing over half a million dollars these days, it might be a good idea to pick up an infinitely cheaper replica like today’s. Good price or no dice competition edition. Let’s see if this draft roll can take off.
When it comes to the used cars we’re considering here, there are a few red flags that really trigger a lot of us. Among these, the presence of rust is one of the main ones. We love the holes in our Swiss cheesebut not in our cars.
The 1976 Jensen GT we watched yesterday was described in his ad as suffering from “severe rust,” and those two words sparked a lot. Offering a $4,500 asking price on the rare car must have counteracted the influence of rust, though ultimately the Jensen won a 53% win over the Nice Price.
If a rusty-but-running project isn’t exactly everyone’s Castrol mug, then I wonder what your opinions on it will be. Replica Ferrari 365 GTB/4 it looks solid, but still needs an engine, transmission, door glass and…um, well, lots of stuff. Oh, and it’s a bit more expensive than yesterday’s Jensen.
Now, according to Hagerty’s evaluation tool, the worst state 365 GTB/4 — which we’ll just call “Daytona” from now on – should average around $365,000. One in decent condition will probably go for around half a million. A replica doesn’t have the panache of the real deal and therefore shouldn’t cost as much, and this one doesn’t. The more intriguing question is: who makes a replica of the Daytona coupe when the Spider is the most prized edition and can be built on a C3 Corvette?
Many of you know that in the original Miami Vice TV series, Sonny Crockett drove what the TV audience looked like a Ferrari Daytona Spider. It was not one of the 122 true Spiders built by Pininfarina, nor one of the few coupe-to-Spider conversions made by Richard Straman at the time.70s. It was rather, a Corvette C3 dressed in Tom McBurnie’s Daytona bodywork. Ferrari put its corporate breeches in a knot over this prime-time TV deception and, in response, took the dual tactic of suing McBurnie for copyright infringement and offering the production of Miami Vice a white Testarossa to serve as a whip for Crockett.
The seller doesn’t know much about the origin of this particular replica, but claims it was ‘most likely built in the ‘80 years or 90sand says it was “featured in a 1993 specialty car magazine”, asking to “please read the attached article for more information”. Unfortunately, no such article is attached. There’s a manufacturer’s identification plate on the driver’s side door jamb, but the ad doesn’t give us a close enough picture of it to determine what it says.
The car is a roller, devoid of any kind of engine or transmission. There’s a large Ford Blue Oval under the plexiglass on the nose, so maybe it was already set up for some sort of Fo-Mo-Co mill. We don’t see the engine bay, and the aftermarket interior (it’s supposed to be a racer, remember) offers no clues as to whether the car ever had a transmission or what it might have been. . What we see is a somewhat undersized roll cage, a dash that looks like it’s from an old pickup, and a pair of red buckets with no obvious restraints. Also, can any of you place this steering wheel?
Externally, the car looks the part, although Mustang wheels and Pep Boys mirrors impact the overall aesthetic. Another problem is the windshield which suffers from a crack in the corner. If it’s a genuine Ferrari part, it could cost as much as the car to replace.
The car is pictured with what is probably one of those McBurnie spiders and what at first glance appears to be a pretty decent Lamborghini Countach replica so maybe the seller is some sort of replica collector or something gender. The car is said to come with a clean Florida title and a price tag of $39,999, which according to the ad has risen from $80,000 to $69,000 and now to this current amount.
What do we all think of this quirky “race car” and its $39,999 price tag? Does that sound like a good deal for a Faux-arri? Or, for all that, can this roll just get out of here?
Los Angeles, California, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.
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