I Must Say, Sir, Your Ferrari 360 Sounds Suspiciously Like A Toyota

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
i must say sir your ferrari 360 sounds suspiciously like a toyota

Perhaps inspired by my recent TTAC fiction piece The little death, I was idly shopping for 360 Modenas on eBay this morning when I came across this little gem. Obviously, it’s not a real 360… but it’s not THAT bad, right?

The “360” was built from a final-generation Toyota MR2 and can be yours for $18,900. According to the moderator of one of the kit-car boards I’ve read, the builder was supposedly “pressured by Ferrari” to stop making them. My guess is that Ferrari’s attorneys sent him a boilerplate letter telling him not to use the Prancing Horse, but perhaps the company is still smarting over that whole first-two-seasons-of-Miami-Vice deal. Hard to say.

Still, given that the cheapest 360 eBay currently has is likely to pull about forty-nine thousand dollars, there’s clearly a savings involved with driving a Toyota Modena. And before anybody asks, $49K is still too much for that “real” one. Everything about it, from the all-season tires to the wear patterns on the interior, screams “$25,000 worth of deferred maintenance”. Better to drop eighty or ninety on a nice one… and as long as you don’t expect to outrun a new Mustang GT, you’re lookin’ good!

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    • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on May 17, 2012

      @mnm4ever You could pull some Ferrari Badges off a wreck, and very few men would be wiser, and certainly the only woman in the world who would not be fooled is Mona Lisa Vito.

  • Skotastic Skotastic on May 18, 2012

    mnm4ever is right on. This thing should be killed with fire. Being a phony is never cool - whether in person or the car you drive. I would FAR rather own an MR2 or even a Tercel than this POS - I'd rather be poor and honest than a tasteless poser. Also, I don't get this desire to fool people with fake badges. IF I even cared what others thought, I'd only really care about folk who have taste and knowledge of cars rather than random chumps impressed by anything red on wheels.

  • Itsgotvtak Itsgotvtak on May 18, 2012

    What wear patterns are you seeing, Jack? I don't like the tires either but they look relatively new. I wouldn't be surprised if the dealer put threw on the cheapest rubber he could find while he horsed the car up.

  • Asdf Asdf on May 18, 2012

    This thing should be called the Ferrari Merda.