Ed Hankin *All posts subject to inaccuracy due to multi-tasking and iPhone.
1991 Audi Coupe Quattro 7aT Holset, VEMS, ETC
And just to be clear - fun, games, and bagel pics aside - GTurboI (Derek) who is the Ferrari brand manager at the local F dealership, can vouch that I own that car. Not only has the car been there for some service work but they had to do the VIN verification when I bought it so that I could register it in Colorado. Also, Ferrari keeps track of what cars are where. I have a log in at the Ferrari.com and when I log in, it shows the pic of my F40, any notifications from the factory, and what was the last work it received from the dealership with the date and mileage. They make it everyone's job to know what's what.
Well... This is refreshing.
And as if you felt the need to tell TCL to "Go F**k itself." 3/4's of the posters in this thread have likely fapped to your car by now. Now THAT is irony.
I have an odd obsession with the F40. I doubt i'll ever be able to afford one but if by some miracle i'm able to pull it off in my lifetime I will.
We'd like to see some videos of this thing if you get the chance. And I appreciate a good sense of humour so this was awesome.
Also, i'm not sure why everyone calls it "nutswinging". We'd be "nutswingers" if this was some bull**** trend. The car is a legend and the O.P. had an awesome approach to a funny situation. This is gonna go down in TCL history for sure.
I had a 360 and 355 for a while, and ordered a 430 new but was going through a divorce when it came so the dealership bought it from me at a premium. I have never really like the new Ferraris that came after the 355 because they just feel too sterile. They're so competent and dumbed down that anyone can drive them. Consequently they only feel really Ferrari-like at crazy speeds. Now, I'm starting to change that thinking a little bit but still prefer that 80's and 90's era of car.
I realized that it was more fun to drive a rawer, slower car fast than a refined fast car slow. So I had a black 328 GTB for 7 years which is a fantastic car. It really has a lot of the feel and things that I love about the F40 and sometimes I regret selling it. If it weren't for the F40, I would never have sold it but I thought that taking care of two 20+ year old Ferraris would be a little too much for me as I'm pretty OCD. The GTB was raw and connected and robust, which is everything that the F40 is. It doesn't matter if you're going 15 mph or 150 mph, the car just feels special. The difference is that the F40 is all of that on steroids. You just roll down the street in second gear then step on the gas and the turbos spool up and the back tires start sliding around underneath you. I'm sure that there are a million hot rods that do this but it's a lot more than just the power - it's about the feel. I can't really describe it; it's just special. It's loaded with feel. The car has no power anything: no power steering, no traction control, not even power assisted brakes or ABS. You have to really stand on the brakes to make it stop. Lots of people complain about them but it's the only reminder sometimes that you're in a car that can kill you if you're not respectful.
They could only make a car like that one time. Only when they could make it fast enough with enough technology to be truly scary but before all the safety regulations to keep you from killing yourself. Ferrari really limited who they sold them to initially. Only race car drivers and special clients and you had to go pick it up at the factory to get a tutorial on how to drive it before you took possession. They relaxed that over time and it took 3 years for them to homologate them for the US and I think only 211 US cars were made.
I have a late 1990. I'm the third owner. It was sold new in Texas and was there until 1999 when it went to NorCal. Long story but I have been trying to buy it since 2006 and while the owner agreed to give me first rights to the car some time around then he wasn't ready to part with it until earlier this year. He called me and said that he thought the time had come to sell it as he wasn't driving it and not taking care of it and was feeling guilty about it. We came to an agreement on price and he gave me a couple of weeks to liquidate some things and do some rearranging so that it could happen. Next thing I know, it's on its way here.
One of the reasons that I wanted this particular car is because I knew so much of its history and where it was. I had also gotten to drive it a lot prior to buying it and I really bonded with it and never did I think that a car was more perfect for than this particular car. Of course, it sat a lot over the last few years and it was going to take some going through but that's a better scenario than one that was really ridden hard and put away wet. Plus it had some miles on it so I felt like I could really drive it and enjoy it. They're ****ty to own when you don't drive them because they're especially needy and what's the point of owning one if you're not going to drive it. They make for VERY expensive 1:1 models.
When it finally did come, McStiff drove over and we got it off the truck and started dialing it in. It didn't even start when it came because the truck driver left the hazards on and killed the battery. Anyways, a quick trip to AutoZone and we had it going. It's just gotten better and better. I flushed all the fluids, changed the air filters, fixed a couple of small issues like a non operating rad fan (wire came out of one of the relays, easy fix), saggy headliner (10 minutes to remove and take to an upholsterer and then 20 min install), and took it to my detailer for a proper polishing and sealing. Other than that, it's been a great car.
Long post but I hope that answers it.
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Then seeing this thread I immediately thought thats the same F40 that Michael worked on. haha
Just like any car guy the F40 is my dream car.
Next time you're in town let me know I would love to see it.
I have to be honest: after finally reading the whole thing, that Internet Meme thread is really disturbing to me. When people were bringing it up in my first thread, I was under the impression that it happened years ago but it was only this summer. I didn't go back and look at his post history but it sounds like some people here talked to him offline? But nobody knows who he is? I will do a little searching on Fchat later tonight when I have time and see if anyone there knows anything about it. Somebody has to know something.
I already did a search for "curse the gods" and came up empty.
For what it's worth, the biggest liar that I ever knew was from London or Surrey or something. Made up wild stories about himself and his past and just could never ever say a truthful word. Beyond professional help and maybe the same with this other guy too.
Last edited by Sherpa23F; 10-02-2012 at 09:47 AM.