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  1. F1racer

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    #1 F1racer, Apr 1, 2004
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    Designed by Giovanni Michelotti for ferrari in torino.
    It has wipers on every window and video rear monitoring,which is not bad for a 1982 car.
    Last time I heard , the car had 2500 miles on it. By the way it has an automatic transmission.
    Who owns it? I think someone from Florida bought it from the Barret- Jackson auction.


    So what do you think? Like it?
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  2. Stackhouse

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  3. Ashman

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    As of December 2003 it was offered for sale by the Motorcar Gallery in Florida with 3,006 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $123,500.

    The styling is not to my taste at all, as it looks very heavy and blocky, especially the rear end.

    John
     
  4. Dr. Bob

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    In february it was for sale at ronsusser.com
     
  5. Davey S1

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    It looks like Lamarossa's car!
     
  6. Anteriore

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    One ugly thing that is... A couple of years ago, this car was part of a collection in Holland. Because the owner (Charles Z) proved to be part of a huge drugs network, all his cars were seized and sold.
     
  7. judge4re

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    The car has gone from dealer to dealer for the last 2 years. Nobody wants it. BTW, it sold at Barret Jackson about 2-3 years ago for under $50k.
     
  8. Eric W

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  9. Bertus

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    Looks awfull !!
    It looks like a wrong assembled kitcar
    The tail has something from an old corvette ( i don't know the exact year corvette) but i'm sure you guys know which one i mean
     
  10. UroTrash

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    But the Mazda still looks good.
     
  11. club0

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    Can't say that I like the design too much! Too dispropoportioned..
     
  12. Fan512bbi

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    Why take a beautiful car in my opinion and make it ugly.
     
  13. evandaalen

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    The first two pictures in this thread were made by myself at the Cavallino Classic in January 2004. I've also seen the car a couple of years ago, when the car was being sold by the Dutch government. Just like Ramon said, it has been owned by drugdealer Charles Z for a while, then seized.

    For those who didn't know it: the car left the factory as a normal Ferrari 400i. It was immediately sent to Michelotti, who was asked by Prince Saoud Saoud (son of the king of Saudi Arabia) to put a new body on it. The car was named after the girlfriend of Prince Saoud Saoud, who was called "Meera". The "S" stands for Saoud. A couple of months after the Prince got the car, he gave it away to a friend ...
     
  14. mondial85

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    Yeah that's aquward looking. At first I thought I was looking at a bad daytona kitcar. To each his own I guess. At least its something knowbody else will have.
     
  15. Ashman

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    Actually, my notes have it as not sold, with a high bid of $50K at the 2002 Barrett Jackson auction.

    Unique may have some value, but IMO, it would have to be both unique and beautiful to be worth $123K.

    Considering that the 365GT/4 2+2/400/400i/412 body style dates back to the early 70's, it looks very nice even today. Maybe a bit too conservative for some people, but elegant and sophisticated.

    Michelotti couldn't (or wasn't allowed to) improve on that timeless design.


    John
     
  16. judge4re

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    John:

    I checked my records, yep, no sale. I was going off of memory (which is dangerous). I still like how mine looks, just wish I was 8000 miles closer to it.

    Thanks,
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  17. judge4re

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    Found my notes. Came out of the Charles Zwolsman collection in Holland. Hammered sold at $38,799 plus commission = final price $44,619. Odometer showed 3,923 km at the time.
     
  18. Harry-SZ

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    #18 Harry-SZ, Apr 9, 2004
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    Pictures from the collection are here :

    During this time they were all impounded by the Dutch government (Zwolsman had a tax-debt of over 30 million Euros).
    Some very special cars there (ex Steve McQueen 375 America Vignale , some cheap Daytona's, 275GTB, 250 GT swb)

    Some prices :
    Miura : 45.000 Euro
    250SWB : 1,13 Mln Euro
    250GTE : 22.600 Euro

    Total collection made : 3,8 mln Euros

    The cars had been standing for a couple of years, so most needed work.
    Mister Zwolsman had a very nice collection and had a good taste for cars.
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  19. ashsimmonds

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    i dont' have the bandwidth (56k guy) to see more than the first two pics, but straight away my first thoughts were "oh, something twixt a 'vette and rx7".

    coolish, ahead of it's time in 'ricer' tuning, but jeez, just imagine yourself driving it.........

    that's what i do for any car i like. in a car like that, i'm sure you'll get laughed at by many purists, even though you TOLD them it was a ferrari, and ricers would er, show you their supra... dunno.

    i like it for the car it is, but would trade it in on something i ALWAYS liked, not just sometimes.
     
  20. ashsimmonds

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    having spent the time downloading and seeing the rest of your pics... i think BS.

    looks like a stupid kit car that never made production, based on mazda, designed to look like corvette, some guy added a prancing horse badge.

    give us more history on the car rather than a vague designer name.
     
  21. ashsimmonds

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    ...now, seen some pics from harrysz... still looks like an abomination, but it's in good company. :D

    don't know what to think. why would something like this be produced? if i saw it on the road i'd just think it was a mitsubishi starion.
     
  22. Ashman

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    The more I look at it, the more I dislike it. Even the dash and center console has been butchered.

    As for value, once sold for $44k, bid to $50K, once offered at $86K, now offered at $123K. Talk about a WIDE spread between bid and offer!

    John
     
  23. judge4re

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    It was a little bit more than having a tax-debt, he was in prison at the time for heading up a huge drug ring.

    The cars sat for about 7 years before they were auctioned off. Not sure if any real maintenance has been done on the car since it came out of Holland. It is the right color for the elephant that it is.
     
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