Car Catcher: An Open-Top Ferrari for $32,900?

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Some Ferrari models, like the F40 and the Testarossa, have become household names. Others, like this 1984 Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole Convertible, haven't received the same fanfare.

What does that mean for you? For less than $35,000, you can have a genuine, mid-engined convertible Ferrari good for 240 horsepower thanks to its four-valve V8 engine.

Finished in silver over red, this clean-looking Mondial is available on eBay Motors for $32,900.

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buenavides1
buenavides1 New Reader
5/11/20 11:37 p.m.

The interiors look really nice, who would have thought that this an old Ferrari car? 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise SuperDork
5/12/20 12:29 a.m.

Wow that's terrible looking 

 

f355s are gorgeous.
 

Mondials , 400i, and 308s are terribly ugly 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
5/12/20 7:18 a.m.

The only Ferrari I have ever worked on was a Mondial.  It was not an experience that made me want to own one.

tuna55 (Forum Supporter)
tuna55 (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 7:20 a.m.

Man that thing makes a Pacer look magnificent.

 

Man, that thing makes a Mustang II look muscular.

 

Man, that thing makes an AMC Eagle look graceful.

 

OK, ok, I'm done.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
5/12/20 8:47 a.m.

Tuned Mondials do exist.  New wheels and color-matching top and bumpers go a long way: 

tuna55 (Forum Supporter)
tuna55 (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 9:03 a.m.

In reply to nderwater :

That raises the look up to the level of Mustang II.

dculberson (Forum Supporter)
dculberson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 9:07 a.m.

I think the biggest difficulty is the mid-engine layout while being a 2+2. That's a hard one to pull off while having nice proportions.

mr2s2000elise said:308s are terribly ugly 

NO you need to get your eyes checked! ;-)

ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter)
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter) Dork
5/12/20 1:49 p.m.
mr2s2000elise said:

Wow that's terrible looking 

 

f355s  and 308s are gorgeous.

400i is meh.

Mondials  are terribly ugly.

 

FTFY. wink

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 2:40 p.m.

There was also the later Modial T, which while it looked the same on the outside had the 348 drive train.  That was a huge step up from the transverse 3.0 & 3.2 to the longtitudinal 3.4 and transvers transmission.  Amazingly they kept the same 104.3" wheelbase and the minimal back seats.

3.2

File:Ferrari-Mondial-3.2-engine.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

3.4T

1993 Ferrari Mondial T for Sale | ClassicCars.com | CC-1329012

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 3:00 p.m.

I've driven a 328 and it makes a lovely noise and it is a special experience to drive them.

They aren't terribly fast (I've had econoboxes that were of the same period with similar performance figures).

As ungainly as the Mondial might appear to some, I think they're alright and I understand why they were created.

I mean compared to tossing the family into some hatchback or the Mondial for a drive to get ice cream, I know which I'd choose.

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 3:57 p.m.

In reply to Stefan (Forum Supporter) :

Depends on the hatchback...

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
5/12/20 3:57 p.m.

Seems like just a set of wheels can make a big improvement in the visuals on these, like Ferrari 328 16 inchers.  A very mild lowering, like 1" all around (maybe a hair more in the front?) would help visually as well. 

A good project for someone else.

mr2s2000elise said:

Wow that's terrible looking 

 

f355s are gorgeous.
 

Mondials , 400i, and 308s are terribly ugly 

False. The Mondial not only looks 80s fantastic, it has a cool name to boot. 

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 5:00 p.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Stefan (Forum Supporter) :

Depends on the hatchback...

Yeah, I have the Focus RS already which is as good or better in nearly every measurable way, but that is hard logic to fault.

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 5:34 p.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Stefan (Forum Supporter) :

Depends on the hatchback...

That will cost more than a nice Mondial.

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
5/12/20 6:22 p.m.

The Daytona is ugly.

Sorry but it's true.

Also, Wayne Newton owns one.

Mike (Forum Supporter)
Mike (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
5/13/20 3:31 a.m.

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the Mondial is the car world's only production 2+2 rear-mid-engined convertible. Sitting here, I can't think of a counter example. 

I'd absolutely have one, but my parking situation means it would have to be my daily. While I've considered dailying some questionable cars, dailying a Ferrari from the eighties through a Chicago winter is too much for even me to consider. 

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/13/20 11:44 a.m.

I like the way it looks. Sorta 'corvair'

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/17/20 6:50 p.m.

Years ago, probably 2000-2003 era, I drove past a red one sitting at a low-end used car lot in Decatur, IL. So of course I stopped...

I believe they were asking $7000 for it, which I think if I'd really wanted to find a way to afford it I could have. Fortunately I realized there was zero chance of that turning out well for me & I never went back while they were open to check it out closer. 

Mike (Forum Supporter)
Mike (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
5/17/20 8:11 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

That sounds like a "for god's sake, don't touch anything, don't even breathe on it" car.

dculberson (Forum Supporter)
dculberson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/17/20 10:20 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

Yeah, but a $7000 FERRARI.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/18/20 5:41 a.m.

In reply to dculberson (Forum Supporter) :

Oh yeah, it haunted my dreams for a couple weeks. 

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