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80yo Still Drives His F40

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  2. ttforcefed

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    Ive had my 40 for 12 of my 28 year driver's license possessing life. I hope to still have it at 80!
     
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    this will be me - god willing.
     
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    enjoyed this. surprised that DK engineering told him that he shouldn't be driving it and should keep the miles down and he listened !
     
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    8 years ago now, I was at the Silverstone Classic to see that amazing sight, The car has probably doubled in value since then as well.
     
  10. NürScud

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    God bless him.
    That's the spirit..
     
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    Is John a member here?
     
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    it's done like 30 miles in the last 3 years according to the MOT so it really doesn't get used anymore which is kinda misleading to the youtube video title!
     
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    The way the world is these days the story is probably planted by a dealer as a prelude to their selling it as a perfect low mileage collector car very soon
     
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    Good for him. G-d bless! Bravo!


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    I think most owners who bought them years ago are simply too afraid to use them these days, originally purchased not as an investment, but they have now become one, which is a pity.

    Its why Rowan Atkinson sold his F1 in the end, as well as even Gordon Murray.

    No matter how rich people are, if you own something that has now doubled or trebled in value, it must make them think twice before taking them out for a hoon.
     
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    Agreed, although at his age we'll allow the fact that he hasn't done the miles everyone seems to expect every F40 owner to have done each year.

    I doubt this, the piece was carefully done as a genuine and thoughtful Supercar story, and he does say he plans to keep it a long time, which to me translates to mean this car is going to his Supercar owning son.

    It just depends on one's circumstances, I have many clients who are fascinated by the increase in value but have no intention of selling even though the car has doubled or trebled, I routinely try to buy a whole number of cars back at current market - without success.
     
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    i have a couple cars in that category, but i still drive them because my entry cost was low, so in my mind i can drive them all i want and still not lose. winning ! :)
     
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    in this case it was bought as an investment though as stated in the video :)
     
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    Great video - John reminds me a lot of my grandfather who loved cars and driving and although he never owned anything like an F40 he certainly could have. He had plenty of other sports cars and bought a new car every year like clockwork. During his last few months doctors recommended that he not drive and I remember him asking my grandma many times when he would be able to drive again as he missed it more than anything. Coincidentally today would have been my grandfather’s birthday and I enjoyed watching this video and thinking of him. John has the right idea - we only live once so enjoy it as much as possible.
     
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    That sounds like almost intentional (border lining criminal ?) abuse of a perfectly good automobile, regardless of make/model. :(

    I recently scolded couple of clients for treating their Daytonas in similar fashion (both are a bit older, long term owners and admitted their neglect). :rolleyes:
     
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    You mean malt liquor, right?


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    another thought came to me on this subject....
    i have property that has gone up in value 5-10 times since i bought. should i now sell it because the liability is just too high?
    i guess i just dont understand that mindset.
     
  24. PAUL500

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    You know what they say about land though, they don't make it anymore, and with a building if it burns down you take the insurance money and just rebuild it bigger and better and that history does not taint the future value, not quite the same with an F40, the best/most valuable ones still have to be proven virgins!
     
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    We should all aspire to be like John.
     
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    There was a guy out by me who would take his F40 out cruising the main cruise area every weekend when I got into the car scene. Everytime I drove whatever heap I was driving there, I always saw it. Around here you never see Ferraris, much less an F40. Years later I took my 360 there and he came up to me asking about it. It was a pretty cool way to formally meet for the first time. I asked where the F40 was and he said it's just getting too difficult to find parts for these days. Now he drives around in a 488 pista. I definitely want to be like him when I get his age.
     
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    Today F40 parts are not difficult to source through the Ferrari dealer network or through a wide range of specialists.
     
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