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The beauty about these cars ar

The beauty about these cars are their history, both from the factory's history and the owners.

For example when I bought my car (75 Dino GT4) it was in pieces. The previous owner had brought it up from Arizona to Toronto and then ran out of money. That's where I picked it up. During the restoration the entire car was striped down, I mean everything came out.

I noticed that the drivers side fuel tank was Euro, while the other side was US spec. Interesting. "It couldn't have left the factory like that could it?" I thought. Also realized that the back glass had been changed out to a clear piece of plexi. I know it didn't leave the factory like that! Also had aluminum hubs in the back instead of the cast ones. All of this didn't add up. What had happened?

Months later, I got to the inside of the car.The interior was redone in black(terrible job) by the previous owner, so while ripping out the "never used new" carpet and seats to re-do it, I found a small piece of the original carpet. It was dark brown and the edges were burnt. Now it all fit together! There must have been a fuel leak at one point which ignited causing the tank and rear window to be destroyed. They couldn't find a US tank so they put in a Euro tank and updated hubs. They probably didn't want to pay $600 for the rear glass and just cut a piece of plexi. They then cheaped out by putting in a cheap carpet and had the seats redone for close to nothing. Now it all makes sense!

What stories has your car told?
 
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While cleaning out my 250GT I

While cleaning out my 250GT I found an old credit card receipt from 1969 under the seat. It had a name and phone number written on it. It was a Doctor in Indiana, so I called the number and was told by the nice lady on the other end that I would be looking for her Father who had died a few years ago. She told me that her brother had inherited the car and was in Monterey Ca. She gave me his number and said he would be happy to talk about the car.
I called the man and wound up meeting him a couple of times in Monterey. The last time we met he presented me with a folder containing all the original service records from 1960 to 1990, as well as the import papers and photo's of the car in Switzerland where they bought it!!
 
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Every Ferrari that I have had

Every Ferrari that I have had I have bought privately and gotten to be good friends with the sellers. One little story came when I had to take the door of my 308QV apart to work on those damned windows...sloooow. When I got the door apart I found a grocery list written in Italian! I hope Luca remembered to stop at the store that night....you know how fiesty those Italian women can be!
 
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Dino, that's pretty funny.

Dino, that's pretty funny. Reminds me of the grocery list they found in Italy which belonged to Michaelangelo. His attendant couldn't read, so MA drew a picture of what and how much he wanted, fish, pasta, olive oil...
 
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Haven't found too much tha

Haven't found too much that was interesting. I have found a lot of sand though (Previous owner lived on the beach). Every time I detail the interior there is more sand. Where is it coming from!!!!





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