Digestible Collectible: 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV
As a proud member of the Brown Car Appreciation Society, I had to share this magnificent example of Italian history. Sure, Ferrari may call the color “Prugna Metallica” — or metallic purple for us Anglos — but it’s brown to my eyes (and that of the dealers’ camera).
This is perhaps the only way to fly under the radar in a Ferrari.
I doubt I’ll ever own a Ferrari as three conditions are conspiring against me: the upward trend in the value of nearly all exotic classics; the terrifying parts and maintenance costs; and I can’t fit into the cheapest Ferrari, like this 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV. Famously, Tom Selleck’s 6-foot-4-inch frame couldn’t fit in Magnum’s 308 GTS with the targa roof in place. And I’m just as tall as Mr. Selleck, though my facial hair isn’t nearly as distinguished.
There appear to be plenty of service records, always a plus with any older exotic. The leather is faded, and possibly has some odd transfer of blue denim dye. No worries, though: this looks like a Ferrari I (well, someone smaller than I) could hop in and drive cross-country without fear of a few stone chips.
The eBay auction has a reserve price set, but a quick look at the dealers’s website reveals a $54,500 ask. Five years ago, this was a $25,000 car. I’m not certain they’ll get more than forty thousand, though, considering the non-red paint. I like different, though, so this appeals to me.