What’s the Sweet spot for # of Ferrari’s or Exotics??

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by plastique999, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. buddyg

    buddyg Formula 3
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    My current life:

    Dodge Challenger Demon - daily driver
    Ferrari 458 spider - fun exotic
    Lincoln Navigator - wife’s car

    Now if I had unlimited funds I would have a huge garage with probably 14 cars. I would then drive a different one every day to keep them all in good shape.

    Warehouses with 150 cars make me sad because they are not being driven.
  2. LightGuy

    LightGuy Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Ok if pinned down to the minimum.. one "needs" ;
    A vintage front engined Ferrari. Daytona is the standard go-to. Anything older than that qualifies if not automatic..
    A semi-modern no-holds barred nut job exotic like a F40, 50 or above. (Porsche Carrera too).
    A more rational daily exotic like a 458 Specialle or Scud.
    A guilt free open race car for the street like a built Caterham or Atom.

    Thats it for minimum exotics.
    You can have more enjoyment with this collection actually driven than the King/Shaw/whatever of Brunei and his mothballed hoard.
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  3. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
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    I like this...
    I need to work on a vintage V12 F car...
    I used to have a 211 for the track...was fun as all hell
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  4. FLORIDAsnakeEyes

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    Just one. More than that you don't appreciate the first one you bought.

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  5. mclaudio

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    . “Sometimes”. Unfortunately, I’ve bought cars which turned out to be duds for me. Hence, the search turned out to be more fun than ownership. Then selling (still under ownership) is a pain these days.

    But no doubt, ownership, particularly the driving part, has been the most fun.
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  6. Pis7a2020

    Pis7a2020 Formula Junior
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    A track car, a GT, a sports car, a luxury sedan, and an SUV will cover all bases. So 5?

    I personally have 11 cars, probably too many for most but I love my toys what can I say.

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  7. rquad

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    Jul 26, 2019
    It's interesting to hear you say that. I *almost* agree with you. I only have two toys, and I do find that after one, my attention becomes divided. Nevertheless, I still find it fun to have two totally different cars. I don't know if I would change my mind and settle on only one car if I found the "perfect" one to meet all my needs.

    I think there is some wisdom, however, in what Mr. Spock (Star Trek, original series) once said - and I paraphrase: "Having is not so much fun as wanting." I "want" dozens of cars, but I would never enjoy having that many.
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  8. BT

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    For me, the style of the older cars is the main thing that is attractive about them. That said, old cars are always old cars. I have had a few, and the lack of newness never really overcame the allure for me. I am happy with one front engined car, one mid engined car, both fairly modern. By modern, I mean they have fuel injection, some stability control, and can take 10% ethanol in the fuel. Neither car is brand new, one is approaching 15 years old. Neither is an 'exotic' by most people's standards, but both are collectible in my estimation. My previous house had garage space for 10-12, but I never had more than 6 total cars IIRC, and not more than 2 sports cars.

  9. 3POINT8

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    8 - a different one for every day and one for special occasions
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  10. 3POINT8

    3POINT8 Formula 3

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    that was tongue in cheek btw i only have two cars
  11. kahrl

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    Four cars is right One interesting daily driver for myself. One interesting driver for the missus. One super expensive Italian exotic. One British droptop. This is not too much maintenance for me to handle. I accept that fact that I will always want ONE MORE. I would love to get an Espada. A Stutz Bearcat. a Murcielago, a '66 Lincoln Continental. A Ford GT. But every time I get excited about one of these, I start to think about the extra trouble and expense of such an acquisition. And the fact that with the fifth car, I will be exposing each of them less often. I will have to join another enthusiast club in order for my newest acquisition to be fully appreciated. So, since my life is not built around my cars, I do not have a need to expand my garage. If you want to arrange your life around your cars, then you may need a lot more cars. I just like to have a cool car to drive whenever I go out to my garage, and I have that.
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  12. energy88

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    Well said! Some very good advice.
  13. gilly6993

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    For me its's four cars....2 DD's and 2 "exotics"....A fun four seater (the Lussoo), and a weekend toy (my RS)....the RS gets driven pretty much never with 2 little kids at home.....thinking of selling it, going to one fun car, and then buying an F8 in a couple years.....

    As I get older the car flipping every year has slowed down....I would rather sock away the money then spend it on a car.....
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  14. Shark01

    Shark01 F1 Rookie

    Jun 25, 2005
    In the end for me.....I just can't put up with depreciation, the money is just too valuable to piss while I want a 2nd exotic, and have the money to buy the rank and file $200+k 3 year old production model, I keep going back to 10 years ago or more for something with at least stable value and still have real collectability.
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  15. Way2fast

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    Four is the perfect number plus 3 motorcycles. I have my FF as a daily driver. Gated 430 spider for back roads and sunny days. 13 year old Escalade when you need a big rig for skiing or moving stuff. Looking for maybe M5 or X5M for the wife. Motorcycles for weekly 2-300 mile ride with the guys

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  16. Alcav5

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    Sweet spot is probably 2 in my world , right now I have 612 & 812SF (GTS to replace SF next year). However if I could , would love to have the GTO version of the 812 too (who wouldn't) . I think those 3 would be super sweet .
  17. G. Pepper

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    I think three for Ferraris: A V12 GT, a mid V8, and a 2+2. Maybe a halo car or a rare classic if you have the coin. Then some other vehicles.

    One thing's for sure, I have more possibilities now with a 1,125 SF garage. :)
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  18. italiafan

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    Nature abhors a vacuum.....
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  19. Shark01

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    And I think that vacuum will suck his wallet dry
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  20. RossoFuoco

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    There is a simple mathematical equation for the correct number cars you should have....
    N + 1.
    N being the number of cars you currently own.

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  21. Way2fast

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    My friend who owns over 20 cars standard answer to how many cars you need, "Just one more"

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  22. AceMaster

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    Your garage holds 10 cars?
  23. Shark01

    Shark01 F1 Rookie

    Jun 25, 2005
    Some truth to this.....just this afternoon reached an agreement to buy another toy....and even though I don't have it yet I'm thinking about the next +1
  24. plastique999

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    No that’s another problem, but also perhaps a healthy limiting point to not exceed more than allotted space.
    I have 2 2 car garages and a lift, as well as a 2 car carport...thus 2 SUV’s and minivan sit outside...


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