Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If I'd Known Then What I Know Now...

How many times have you thought that to yourself? Imagine if you had let one of the following get away, though...

"New" Ferrari driven one mile in 33 years among hidden gems at RM Auctions Monterey
The package landed on my porch with a thud — twin catalogs from RM Auctions that felt more like telephone books for medium-sized cities. On those 600-plus glossy pages were more than 120 dream cars to be auctioned off at Pebble Beach Aug. 15 and 16. For a car lover, leafing through these books is akin to a child being deposited in a candy factory; the world slips away.

Beyond just being a treat to peruse, the catalogs revealed intriguing — and sometimes outrageous — things about the state of the collector hobby in general and the perceived value of certain cars in particular.
Here's one of the cars in question:


1989 Ferarri Testarossa with 95 miles on it. That's not 95,000 miles. That's not even 9,500 miles. That's NINETY FIVE miles - about what I'll put on the truck in half a week of commuting. In a car that's a certified antique at the ripe old age of 25.

I'd like to have the kind of wealth that would enable me to buy a world-class supercar, and then store it away, untouched, for 25 years. I would hope that this car's owner bought a second Redhead to drive around to his or her heart's content, rather than simply looking at the car on weekends and washing it with a diaper...

But then again, different strokes for different folks and all that...

That is all.

2 comments:

Ted said...

That few miles means that the car will either never run again, or need a mega dollar refresh before can be enjoyed. Nothing good happens when a cars it's that long without moving

Anonymous said...

Those cars were not owned by car people like us. There are people out there who buy cars as investments and never drive them. I think such people are nuts.

Al_in_Ottawa