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  1. Mark C Harvey

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    Hello All.

    I just wanted to introduce myself and let people know what I have been doing. I bought a lovely original, well maintained, one owner ‘86 Coupe sight unseen last Thursday in Oakland, California.

    I am currently making my way back to Connecticut, and have gotten as far as Illinois - tonight. 2400 miles and no issues, except the newish Kumho front tyres deformed in Navada.

    The temperatures across much of California and Nevada were well over 100F, and State Highway 6 in Nevada is practically deserted, endless and very straight, if you know what I mean. :cool:.

    I replaced the tires in Ely, NV.

    This has been a lifelong dream. I had never driven a Ferrari until the test drive on Thursday. These are truly great machines. The noise...like a sport bike at high rpm, but much deeper. Makes the hair on your neck stand on end.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all and I’ll keep you posted.

    - Mark
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  2. Simon

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    What a great introduction Mark.
    Have a great trip and looking forward to the updates.
     
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  3. decardona

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    Image Unavailable, Please Login When I bought my 88 3.2, my wife and I drove it home from central Florida to northeast Pennsylvania with zero issues. Finding a well maintained Mondial should provide a great driving experience whether it's cross country or across town. Enjoy!
     
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  4. syata

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    Congratulations and wishing you a safe trip back home.
    You said you bought the car sight unseen. What did you do on the before you headed East, a PPI?
    Welcome to this forum and its members.
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  5. 19633500GT

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    Did the seller let you drive XC on his plates???!!! Ballsy!
     
  6. JLF

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    Congrats Mark have a great trip!
     
  7. Mark C Harvey

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    Good question. The PO was an older guy, kind of stubborn and very slow to communicate. I asked for him to help me with an independent PPI but I never heard back. Red flag I know, but I decided to go ahead anyway.

    Major factors in deciding to proceed was the single owner factor, service records, and several conversations with the PO, who I trusted despite the slow and somewhat grumpy interaction.

    Another factor- the fairly dry and warm climate in Oakland where it had always lived.

    Despite all this I know I took a significant risk. Fortunately the car has turned out to be great (so far).
     
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  8. Meister

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    Buying any ferrari sight unseen let alone a 32 year old Mondial and then physically driving home across the country would make a vast majority on this board choke on their Merlot. But what a great adventure and awesome way to kick off your ownership...Kudos! I hope the rest of the trip goes well and the mondi gives you many years of pleasure, congrats!
     
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  9. paulchua

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    Welcome Mark!!! What an amazing journey! Keep us posted of your travels! Safe journeys and God bless you.

    One tip, is get a small pillow, you may find it helps in longer journies for the lower back.

    Cherrs
     
  10. 19633500GT

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    Merlot? You're a fancy Mondial owner! Come shotgun a Genesee Cream Ale with me!
     
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  11. paulchua

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    You guys too high brow for me, I stick with boxed wine!
     
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  12. Temple

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    Wade’s car? The Black Saudi spec?
     
  13. Temple

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    Great intro btw!! Driving the car as it was meant to be driven (and as Enzo intended). And such a great introduction to your new baby!! I hope to do the same someday soon. As others have said please keep us posted. I’m sure I’m echoing others here too but we all LOVE pics!!

    Temple
     
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  14. davemqv

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    So cool! My friend and I were just discussing the possibility of an NYC>LA road trip the other day, but I admit that I'm a little nervous about it. You're shaming me into bravery!

    Car looks great. I remember seeing the recent ad for it on Hemmings. I love that it still has the period correct 80's CA "Sunshine" plates.

    Congrats on the car, welcome to the club, and best of luck with the rest of your trip!
     
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    +1, yes more road trip and car pics please!
     
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  16. Wade

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    This one? https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/posts/146119058/

    Either way, congratulations! Mondial Coupes are awesome indeed.
     
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  17. Wade

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    When you get a good vibe about a person, why not? I've done the same with two Ferraris and a Ducati. :)

    I was one of its caretakers for awhile... and passed it on to Dennis, a true enthusiast.
     
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  18. Temple

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    Yes, when Dennis said he picked it up from Central Florida I thought “Wade’s (old) car?” Hence my question “black Saudi spec?” I know 3.2 coupes are pretty rare, not t coupe rare but not far behind. Central Fla was the giveaway. Also you used to post pics of her (black Saudi spec) quite often but hadn’t seen one from you in a while. At that point I just added 2+2.

    Temple
     
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  19. Mark C Harvey

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    Thanks for all the encouragement! Now in Bloomington, Indiana. Car is going great. Pity about the weather. Photo from Glen Canyon, Utah a few days ago.
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  21. mustbenuts

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    Most excellent adventure Ted...ah, Mark. Did this trip a couple of times in a Gordini and a Beetle but not a Ferrari, yet. Godspeed and good winds my friend. Press on regardless.
     
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    Beautiful photo!!!
     
  23. 2cam

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    VERY cool! Congratulations on the car and the adventure. The car sat on Autotrader and Hemmings for quite a while this year. I reached out to the seller myself when it was first listed, but lost interest after a less than forthcoming interaction. It looks like a wonderful car! Again, congrats and enjoy the drive!

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  24. aec

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    Or choke on their Chianti. The drive back to the East Coast will, in itself, serve as the PPI (Post purchase inspection)!
     
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  25. Mark C Harvey

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    Thank you Dave. Regarding nerves, I had plenty, but they are settling now as the miles pass. I really enjoy the reactions from people along the road. We stopped at a derelict gas station in Hinkley, Utah, to get under the shade. Really small town on the edge of nowhere. A local old timer pulled up in a Jag and rolled his window down “so that’s a Ferrari huh?”. I ended up giving him a quick joy ride up and down the highway and he just loved it.
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