What is the upside of owning a Ferrari?

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  1. F456M

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    Hi guys!

    Thanks for contributing to this great forum.

    Sometimes, I wonder how my life would have been without a Ferrari (or another special car)... They cost more than a normal car and it affect your economy a little. However, I feel there is a upside and that the car actually make you meet with special people who sometimes make you expand your own horison with new friends and connections business wise too.

    So my question is: -What kind of «bonus» in life did you get from having a Ferrari?

    Wish everyone a good time and safe driving.

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  2. Nospinzone

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    I met so many people I would have never met if I did not have my Ferrari. Some of those people have become close friends.

    And as an added bonus, I get to drive a Ferrari! :D
  3. Mighty Joe

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    I totally agree with this! I've been an F-car owner for 10 years and have made some lifelong friends along the way! Or FAST friends as I like to say!
  4. tomc

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    I think Paul is right on. Great people, great events, great memories.
  5. IloveGT

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    I don't have much upside to share except that i do like how kids stare at the cars and say " it's a fur-wa-wi"
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  6. darkkaangel

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    I have made many great friends in my 13 years of ownership and been blessed to be a part of many great causes such as make a wish.
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  7. flifer

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    for me zero upside other than having a very nice toy to play with
  8. audi_328

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    If you're genuinely bitten by the Ferrari bug, it's pretty great to be a tiny part of the whole thing by having one and all that goes with it.
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  9. RedTaxi

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    Kids who see it, sit in it, or ride in it is cool. Oh and a gorgeous young woman who once said "nice car" (should have followed that one up) it has made no difference to my life. Hasn't opened a single door or opportunity. Haven't met or made friends with anyone because of the car. One upside is I get to stare at it in my shed. The real upside is the reason I bought it, to DRIVE IT, wow now you're talking!
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  10. AlfistaPortoghese

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    No upside really. Just a car that I can afford and makes me feel good.

    The only upside maybe: upon meeting a group of opinionated arrogant car people, usually those who know it all but have never even seen a supercar pass them by, that judge cars by numbers, hearsay and magazines, I found that telling those people that I have a Ferrari doesn’t start many conversations, but it certainly ends a lot of them.

    Kind regards,

  11. GrigioGuy

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    Yes, I have one
    Exactly this.

    The other bonus is that I often get the chance to let others fulfill -their- dreams of sitting in or experiencing a Ferrari. There's a lot of folks who will never have any other opportunity to do so. So it's open at car shows, anyone in a parking lot who wants a photo gets to sit in it, etc.

    I've had 3 people tell me that they own a Ferrari because they sat in mine as a child or teenager.
  12. anunakki

    anunakki Five Time F1 World Champ
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    While I didnt buy my first Ferrari to pick up most certainly helped. There was not a day when I wasnt successful if I was out in the Ferrari.

    But the most important things was all the friends I made here on FChat
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  13. Themaven

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    Erik, I love that picture. Just to the left, out of shot, is a little bench. Each summer in Monaco when I have enough of the Yacht club (just a bit more to the left) I go to the Carrefour supermarket pizza oven (just to the right, past the go kart) and get a takeaway pizza and a couple of cans of Kronenbourg and sit on the bench and look at the view. It's the same view as the yacht club, only cheaper, and better food.

    To answer your question, one advantage of Ferrari ownership is being on this forum and engaging in conversations like this with the likes of yourself.

    The main one is driving the cars. I have no axe to grind for Ferrari, I drive a lot of supercars, and Ferraris are still special, to drive and own. Almost all of them. There really is, or was, a passion that comes through, and also engineering brilliance all around. Passion itself is not enough, and nor is engineering.

    So the greatest element of owning a Ferrari is driving the Ferrari. Second is Ferrarichat.
  14. ross

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    there is absolutely no upside.
    please dont buy one.

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  15. sierra055

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    The sound. I can have the worst day and go for a drive and just forget everything with that noise.
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  16. RedNeck

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    It makes me a more humble person by making sure my bank account doesn't get too big.
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    Great people, great experiences, all wrapped up in a little ball of car awesomeness.

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  18. AlfistaPortoghese

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    There’s that too. Like a good friend of mine always says: “I used to be rich. Then, I bought a couple of Ferraris!”.

    Kind regards,

  19. Skippr1999

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    I learned to work on cars which I never would have done without the Ferraris.
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    I think that's fantastic, and would love to follow in your footsteps.

    Did you just learn by tinkering, youtube, or a mentor?

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  23. Mikestradale

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    Meet new friends.
    Make a kid’s day by letting him sit in my car.
    Everything is more fun when you drive a Ferrari. Like buying groceries.

    Couldn't care less what some random chick thinks about my cars.
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  24. F456M

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    #24 F456M, Mar 28, 2020
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    Hi guys, thanks for many interesting replies. It is actually a quite interesting matter and question in my opinion. There are so many different kinds of people who owns Ferraris. And it is a bit interesting to hear their «story». Some just bought it because it was a nice car, but others have a special background or reason for buying it. So what is the benefit of owning one? Is there an upside which makes it worth the extra cost? I feel very much like so!

    Personally, I got to know many fantastic people who have a certain passion and enthusiasm for many things other than the cars themselves, human values which I certainly admire and feel is really valuable!

    A few years ago I went on a long trip through Europe with my 550. I went from Oslo to Rimini in Italy before turning back and then to the French Riviera. Just by posting a photo from the trip in the Norwegian Ferrari Club Facebook group, I got a response from a guy that have an appartment between Nice and Monaco. Quess what? I live in that appartment now and sell boats down here. That would never have happened without that car, or if I did that trip with a normal car. My best friend and business partner is also a car guy with a bunch of Lamborghinis. Without no Ferrari, I would never have met him either. So strange as it might sound, I have had a great outcome of owning a Ferrari even if my parents don’t like it and have never understand it.... But it is my life and what they feel about it is really my business and not theirs!

    Themaven/Darius: Great story. Monaco is a great place with a special atmosphare. And very international. I have been there many many times over the last years. Sometimes, it is just fun to drive there (takes about 20 minutes from here) to see the everyday life and take a coffee at Starbucks which has a great view from right next to Fairmont. And other times I have had customers which I spend some money on. Three weeks ago I sold a Cigarette powerboat and took the buyer to the most exclusive hotel «Le Metropole» for a dinner. I could not hold back, and had to make the «contract on a serviette» trick as we only had mutually agreed the deal that same day, and of course the real purchase agreement the day after. That event gave the buyer a very unique experience. A part of Ferrari everyday life!

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    And I forgot to say: keep the stories coming!

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